Topic: Opunake War Memorial

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Opunake War Memorial  

Opunake War Memorial


[Foundation stone laid by Governor-General Viscount Jellicoe on 27 October 1921 - see Hawera Star 28 Oct 1921 below in Documents] The Governor-General also unveiled the Patea District High School memorial steps, the Manaia and Auroa memorials the same day. On 30th October he unveiled the Bell Block Memorial.]


From top down at front:

Eight Shields on the upper 2/3rds of the obelisk. From top down:

N / Fernleaf / Z
.      Belgium and olive branch
 Egypt              "
 Samoa            "
 France            "
 Salonika         "
 Gallipoli           "
 Palestine        "

Panel of Crossed Swords, Fernleaf , Oak Leaves and Flaming Grenade

To the Memory
Our Boys
Who Fell in the
Great War

Black granite plaque:

In Memory
Of Those Who Fell in the
1939-1945 War

Morris W M       Alvis W


White marble plaque in top concrete step:

This stone was laid by
His Excellency Lord Jellicoe
Governor General of New Zealand
27th October 1921

Grey marble panel in fourth concrete step:



Right Side Black Marble Panel:

Affleck D                                      Cameron T
Aitken A J                                    Campbell W J

Allan A                                        Connell S
Baker H                                      Connell W
Barlow H                                     Cooper W G
Beech J T                                    Coupe J
Bewley J                                     Crofskey J
Billing F R                                   Corkery T F
Billing A E MM                            Duckworth R F
Birkett H R                                  Ewan G T
Bowman H F                               Fennell J J
Breed H A                                   Fitzsimmons E J P
Burrows J H                                Farah J F   
Buchler F J L                              Gibson W    
Buchler J W                                Gilbert S    
Callaghan C H I                          Graham A

Rear Black Marble Panel:

Graham                                                 Jarrett W
Guild W A                                              Julian M D
Harrop G A                                             Julian E O
   Hall E                                                   Kappely H
   Hall R                                                  Kappely W
     Hannam F                                           Keasberry J C
Hawton L V                                              Kelly R S
    Hill R S                                                 Lampard J
   Hodgson A F                                         Laurenson G S
Hodgson H F                                              Lawn W [M]   
 Hodgson R                                              Looney W C
Holmes W J                                             Lothian S D
   Hurst C J                                              Mawhinney R
James S G                                                Morgan T
  Jackson H                                                McGarvie R
Jarrett W A                                                  Owen G

Left Side Black Marble Panel:

      Paterson D                                               Stephenson J H
     Peters W                                                    Stevenson W
Pierson C                                                        Stitt A M
   Pierson F                                                       Tindle J C
Phillips J H                                                      Travers J
Quickendon T                                                  Trotter C A
      Rae R E                                                     Twomey H M
  Raynor W                                                       Vincent M
Rowland E D N                                             Warner A R H
Sharrock H                                                        Wells H
   Shefford J                                                      Wells D K
Simmonds H                                                  Wheatey M

Simpson A                                                                     
Smith H                                                                        
Smith D                                                                        
 Smith W                                                                        


Lower Black Marble Panel:

2 NZEF (Japan)           Korea
1946 - 1948             1950 - 1954

Malaya Malaysia              Vietnam
            Borneo                   1964-1972     


 STDC Opunake Heritage Inventory Item Bo1
Constructed 1921. Original metal gates were made by a Mr Trotter, a local blacksmith. They have been removed

Note: 'Quickendon' above should read 'Quickenden'.

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