Kawhia war memorial

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The memorial obelisk at the intersection of Pouewe and Jervois Streets, Kawhia, was unveiled by Dr J.B.W. Roberton on 25 April 1960. The inscription on its base was intended to represent neither a particular district nor a particular war, rather it commemorated all fallen servicemen. It read: TO THE GLORY OF GOD / AND IN MEMORY OF THOSE / WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES / THAT WE MIGHT LIVE IN FREEDOM.

It is unclear whether the Kawhia War Memorial Library, which stands behind the obelisk, was opened at the same time.

There is a Kawhia and Districts First World War roll of honour on the memorial lychgate at All Saints Anglican church further up Pouewe Street. There are also reportedly rolls of honour at the local bowling club and in the Kawhia cemetery (the names are listed in Peg Cumming’s history of Kawhia, cited below).

See: ‘War Memorial Unveiled’, NZ Herald, 26/4/1960; Peg Cumming, A History of Kawhia and Its District, Kawhia, 2004, pp. 91, 111, 125; Margaret Jenner, Small Libraries of New Zealand, Tauranga, 2005, p. 22.

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Posted: 24 Apr 2019

In view of Nancy Wake (white mouse) being remembered on TV tomorrow, ANZAC Day, you might be interested to know her paternal grandmother was Anne Jane WAKE buried at Lake Rd. cemetery.