Cross of Sacrifice Malone Gates Inglewood War Memorial Paterson Memorial Window Cardiff Memorial 2 Te Kiri War Memorial Patea Memorial Hall of Remembrance Manaia War Memorial Alton War Memorial Ararata War Memorial
Auroa War Memorial Awakino: Tainui Memorial Bell Block Okaiawa Memorial Statue Whangamomona & Districts Memorial Waverley Clock Tower Warea Memorial Waitotara Memorial Midhurst Memorial Gates Uruti War Memorial Hawera War Memorial 


War Memorials WWI and WWII in Taranaki

This Kete records the war memorials in Taranaki associated with both World War I and II. Most of them were initially funded and erected by local communities following the 1914-18 war. At the end of the 1939-45 war additions detailing the service of local servicemen and women were added to the memorials and, even later, acknowledgement of the conflicts in Korea, Malaya and Vietnam were sometimes added in the form of small bronze plaques.

One of the most unusual of memorials is Stratford's Hall of Remembrance where individual portraits of the fallen of both major wars line the entrance to the former municipal offices.

Following World War II the Government determined to fund much more practical memorials than the obelisks and statues of World War I. They therefore introduced a subsidy for the erection of community facilities like halls and school swimming baths.

A selection of public monuments to individuals are included here. There are, though, additions to many family tombstones in the region's cemeteries where families could mourn sons or relatives who were lost in overseas battlefields. A few are included here.



World War I and World War II   


World War II Only 

Individuals - World War I

(Apart from those listed below, there are also many individual servicemen's names included on family headstones in our cemeteries.)


  • Malone - Memorial Gates, Stratford
    Okey - Obelisks, Te Henui Cemetery
  • Paterson - Memorial Window, Tarata Church
  • Meuli - Memorial Steps, Manaia Redoubt
  • Williams - Obelisk, Okaiawa Cemetery
  • Espiner - Memorial stone in Manaia Cemetery
  • Paul - Memorial stone, Lepperton Cemetery
  • Robbie - Memorial steps, Patea
  • Gane - Memorial stone, Waihi Cemetery, Normanby
  • Sole - Memorial stone, Te Henui Cemetery 

 Taranaki War Memorial Halls: From Fiona Jack, Living Halls


 More Taranaki War Memorials

 Further Reading:

Sorrow and the Pride

The Sorrow and the Pride. New Zealand War Memorials: Chris Maclean & Jock Phillips, 1990


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Warea & Pungarehu War Memorials.
Cape Egmont Boat Club, Bayly Road Pungarehu
Rawhitiroa Memorial Pool.
  The Rawhitiroa Memorial Pool is an example of a community working together to create a facility that not only
Eltham Servicemens' Cemetery.
Eltham Cemetery, Anderson Road
Tarata Centennial Oak.
Tarata Church, Tarata Road, Tarata
Sole Brothers Memorial.
Te Henui Cemetery, New Plymouth

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