East Town railway workshops roll of honour board

On Anzac Day 1918, workers at the East Town railway workshops in Whanganui unveiled a roll of honour board listing staff members on war service. It listed the names of 37 men, six of whom had been killed.

When in 1920 the Railways Department proposed erecting 15 boards around the country as part of its post-war plans to commemorate all railwaymen who died, it considered not replacing the ‘very fine’ East Town board. [1] It is not known what became of this board. The department commemorated all railwaymen who had died in a roll of honour board at its head office in 1922.

[1] ‘Roll of Honour boards’, ADQD 17422 W2381 34/1915/3312/1, Archives New Zealand

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