Ruapuna war memorial

World War I memorial plaque World War I roll of honour World War II memorial plaque World War II roll of honour

The war memorial in the Canterbury town of Ruapuna consists of a cast iron gate and adjacent stone wall. The gate commemorates those who died and served in the First World War, whereas the more modern stone wall commemorates those who died and served in the Second World War.

It is interesting to note that the plaques distinguish between those who 'made the supreme sacrifice' and those who served.

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Rachel Ridley

Posted: 15 Apr 2017

My uncle, John Spencer Patterson was the only soldier from this small district who was killed in WWII. He was shot by a German sniper while on patrol near the Senio River in Northern Italy in 1944. He was 22. There is also a memorial cairn and a tree planted to commemorate him at the nearby tennis club.