Topic: South African War Memorial - St Mary's Cathedral

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South African War Memorial 

Memorial to Taranaki troopers who served in the Anglo-Boer War 1899 --1902

Designed by Archdeacon Phillip Walsh and made by McNab and Mason, Auckland 

(Walsh's design is available -  ARC2009-170, Puke Ariki Collection) 

[Unveiled  27 August 1903 by General Babington, Commandant of the New Zealand Forces.]


In Honoured Memory

of the

Taranaki Troopers

Who Fell in the

South African War


Erected by their Fellow Settlers



                                                         West Face                                     East Face 

                                                       Serg-Major                                   Farrier-Sergt

                                            S. Smith                                    A. W. Sisley

                                                       Troopers                                       Troopers

                                            H. Finch                                    W.S. Fleetwood

                                            J.M. Patterson                          A.H. Blyde

                                           T.A. Hempton                            L.O. Newsham

                                            C. Wiggins                                L.H. Arden

                                            W.J. Goodland                         N.T. Patterson

                                            L.E.Smith                                  V. Meredith

Of the above Farrier-Sergt A.W.Sisley and Trooper V. Meredith are not listed in the nominal rolls (Stowers 2009)  Of the remaining 13, 6 died of enteric (typhoid) fever in South Africa and 3 of pneumonia in New Zealand.

Albert Sisley

Australian National War Memorial records show Farrier-Sergeant Albert William Sisley, #930, joined in New South Wales and served in the 2 NSW Mounted Rifles. He died  20 January 1902.


Valentine Meredith:

It appears that V.Meredith was not actually with the military (although listed as a Trooper on the New Plymouth memorials) but was employed by the Natal railways. The Hawera Star  (29 Sept 1900) has the following report -

Mr V. Meredith who went to the Transvaal, died of pneumonia last month. Deceased, whose parents reside at Koru (near New Plymouth) was the brother of Mr Percy Meredith, lately of the Star staff.  

and in Taranaki Herald 12 Oct 1900

....the late Valentine Meredith who died in August last at Ladysmith. The deceased had volunteered for active service in South Africa, and not being accepted he went there on his own account, and while waiting for military employment he took a billet in the Natal Railway Service in which he was engaged at his death

Also see a letter  from G.S. Duane re his visit to Val Meredith’s grave at Ladysmith and need to ask "the Railways Dept to erect a stone over the grave.".:  Hawera Star, 12 December 1900.


A plaque commemorating Trooper W J Goodland was unveiled in St Paul's Church, Normanby, in October 1904 (See Web link below)





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South African War Memorial - St Mary's Cathedral

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