Eketāhuna war memorial

Eketāhuna war memorial

Eketahuna memorial

Eketahuna memorialEketahuna memorial

Eketahuna memorial

The Eketāhuna War Memorial Committee built a ladies' restroom as the district's First World War memorial. This was formally opened on 28 September 1924. It was subsequently placed in the care of the Eketāhuna Borough Council. In October 1927 a memorial lych gate, funded by a donation from local resident Miss Alice E. Anderson, was also opened nearby.

 The memorial restroom and lychgate were both badly damaged in the Wairarapa earthquakes of 1942. The rebuilt memorial building, which now included a small public hall, was formally rededicated as a memorial for both world wars on 6 July 1955. 

Twelve granite tablets displayed in the porch list the names of 83 local men who gave their lives in the First World War and 21 men who gave their lives in the Second World War. Also on display is a brass tablet which lists the names of 25 local men who served in the South African War (this had first been installed in the Eketāhuna  Post Office in January 1903).

Another, smaller brass plaque commemorates Private Bryan James Petersen, who was killed in action in Vietnam on 14 September 1968 (the Eketāhuna community raised funds to bring his body home).

In 2016 an 'Anzac sculpture plaza' was developed outside the memorial building. This installation incorporates the phrase 'Lest We Forget' outlined in iron letters, commemorative poles inscribed with the names of the local communities which sent men off to war, and the steel silhouettes of two New Zealand soldiers.

See: 'Eketahuna news', Wairarapa Daily Times, 31/1/1903, p. 2; 'Local and general', Pahiatua Herald, 26/9/1924, p. 4; 'News of the day', New Zealand Times, 1/4/1925, p. 6; 'Eketahuna notes', Dominion, 7/10/1927, p. 6; Irene Adcock, A Goodly Heritage: Eketahuna and Districts 100 Years, 1873-1973, Eketahuna, 1973, pp. 154, 251; 'Eketahuna war memorial project is going to hold the "wow" factor', Bush Telegraph, 26/9/2016.

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Dolly Miller

Posted: 27 Nov 2015

On the Matakana War Memorial William Charles Rowe born in Hastwell July 1890 - is remembered. Along with his younger brother John Henry Rowe born Hastwell September 1896. These young men are the sons of Charles William Rowe and Annie Rowe, who farmed in the area between 1885 and 1911. Take a look at our FACEBOOK page for more information on these young men. MATAKANA WAR MEMORIAL

Joan cocks

Posted: 05 Jul 2015

George Wallace was the brother of my grandmother, May McLeod née Wallace. There my great uncle.

Terry Love

Posted: 23 Mar 2015

Also R.I.P. George Wallace, son of John Henry Wallace.
John was a Blacksmith at Parkville from around 1896 to 1919, and is my 2nd Great Grandfather.

Mr Renny Snell

Posted: 14 Aug 2014

J H Snell, shown in the "1914-1918" memorial, was included in the Roll of Honour read at the Tower of London at 8:40pm, Tuesday August 12th, 2014. This rollcall is a nightly part of a memorial at the Tower featuring 888,000+ ceramic poppies on the surrounding lawns. Snell's name nominated by the writer, who was present at the rollcall.