Reefton war memorial

Reefton war memorial.

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Simon Nathan, 2008

Find out more about the people listed on this memorial on Auckland Museum's Cenotaph website

Site Style Ornamentation Unveiling Date No of Dead
Intersection Square obelisk     60

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Lynda Seaton, Researcher for Soldiers of Selwyn

Posted: 02 Nov 2014

Rifleman Alexander Carstairs Stevenson – 26/218
Alexander, known as Alick, was born 27 August 1888 at Reefton, son of James and Letitia Stevenson. He worked as a farmer on Springs Road, Prebbleton. He had previous military experience having served with the Reefton Volunteers and also the Nelson College Rifles. He was 5foot 8 ¾ inches tall with a fresh complexion, blue eyes and brown hair.
Alick enlisted 12 October 1915 at Trentham and was assigned to the New Zealand Rifle Brigade. He embarked with the 4th Battalion on 5th February 1916 and disembarked in Suez 15 March 1916. Less than a month later he embarked for France from Alexandria on board the Alaunia on 7 April arriving on the 14th. He survived 5 months of the Somme battles but was killed in action on 15 September, the opening day of the battle for Flers. He was initially buried close to where he fell, 3 miles north west of Combles, but was reburied by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in the Bulls Road Cemetery, Flers. In New Zealand Alexander is remembered on the Prebbleton and Reefton War Memorial.
Photo courtesy of the Auckland Heritage Images website.


Posted: 28 Mar 2012

What information is on Vietnam era marine corps dog tags? I have my father's dog tags from when he served in the Marines in the Vietnam war era. I believe under his name and initials is his age and then birthday but I am not positive as the day is off by two days from the birthday I thought he had. Now the soldiers ssn is used but as this number is only 7 long it cannot be that. Can anyone tell me what that number is for sure?