Topic: Bell Block War Memorial

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SHW 3, Bell Block

Bell Block   

Statue of ‘Memory’

Memorial to the men of Bell Block, Hillsborough and Tarurutangi  who fell in WW I & WW II

Unveiled by Governor-General the Lord Jellicoe on 30 October 1921 (See report in Documents below)

The monument was erected by mason, W F Short and the marble statue of Memory was produced in Italy.

[Earlier in the G-G's visit (on his way from Whanganui to New Plymouth on 27 October) he had unveiled the Patea District High School memorial avenue, the Manaia and Auroa memorials as well as the foundation stone of the Opunake Memorial .]


[Mnemosyne (Greek Mνημοσύνη) was the personification of memory in Greek mythology.

This titaness was the daughter of Gaia and Uranus and the mother of the Muses by Zeus.]




In Remembrance


The Men From

Bell Block, Hillsborough

and Taururutangi Districts,

Who gave their lives in the

Great War of 1914-1918

in the cause of

Liberty, Justice and Humanity


Taururutangi and Hillsborough

Sgt   J Cuthbert
        "     H G N Skelton
                 Lance Corp   M (Bill) Hayden
  Trooper  A E Bishop
           "          L Copestake
          Pvt      A E C Barriball

   "         D Street
          "   C W Sutherland
             2nd Lieut    W J R Hill MC
Rflmn D H Cooper
  Pte      A L A Duller

Short NP [Stone mason]


Left Side:

Bell Block

Sgt      S Hoby
        "        E A Dustow
       "         H J Jeffery
          Lance Corp K Corbett
    Pte    V H Holmes
    "        C E Street
    "         C H Potts



Roll of Honour
World War II 1939-1945

L/Cpl       L K Arnold
Pte         N J Hunter
  "           E T Karena
 "          T K Katene
   "          C A McLeod
"          P C Moore
     "         D Puke           
    "         B C Sampson
F/O      A D Howlett
        P/O      R Florence DFM
   "          J C Mallon    
 "          T A Mallon  

Small bronze plaque beneath:

This plaque was dedicated on

18 May 1990

to all who served on

RNZAF Station Bell Block


[RNZAF Emblem]

Per Ardua ad Astra

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