Pukekohe School First World War memorial

Pukekohe School First World War memorial

Pukekohe School memorial (detail) Pukekohe School memorial (detail)

Pukekohe School First World War memorial

During the winter of 1924 a grove of memorial trees was planted at Pukekohe Primary School to commemorate old boys of the school who had fallen during the First World War. Memorial stones were subsequently placed at the base of each of the trees. In 2006 the 26 stones were restored and reset in a wall outside the Pukekohe Central Primary School, along with a memorial stone to former Prime Minister W.F. Massey, the local MP from 1896 until his death in 1925. The memorial was rededicated on 24 April 2006.

(‘Anzac Day: An Impressive Ceremony’, Franklin Times, 27 April 1925, p. 4; ‘A Fitting Tribute to World War I Heroes’, Franklin County News, 27 April 2006, p. 1)

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Wallaby Historian

Posted: 12 Apr 2019

If there are school teaching staff from Pukekohe Intermediate that deserve to be mentioned for carrying on the traditions of remembering the sacrifice of these dear souls they would have to be Pat Hickey, a Headmaster of Pukekohe Central School and WW2 POW veteran, Jocelyn Roberts, a music teacher and the daughter of Guy Fowler-CO of Papakura Army Camp, Tony Jamieson, a Principal of Pukekohe Intermediate, and an officer in the NZ Territorial Army and Trevor Brocklebank, a Senior Teacher and also a Territorial Serviceman.
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Ross Miller

Posted: 26 Aug 2012

I have written a book on the story of the stones and a brief profile of each of the 26 soldiers. It is 44 pages long with photos of some of the soldiers. The book can be purchased from the Franklin Historical Society for $15.00 + $2.00 p&p. All profits from the book will be retained by the Franklin Historical Society to assist in maintaining the history of Franklin.

Alicia Griffin

Posted: 01 Sep 2009

The wall is outside Pukekohe Intermediate School, not Pukekohe Central Primary School which no longer exists.