Tarata Community Church memorials

Memorial window Memorial window detail Centennial Oak Memorial plaque

The first service in the Tarata Community Church was held on 7 May 1904. Thirty-six men from the region served in the First World War, six of whom died. After the war, the Paterson family installed a stained-glass window in the church in remembrance of David Paterson.

On Anzac Day 2015 a seedling grown from the Gallipoli oak in Christchurch was planted near the church in memory of the six men who had died. The seedling was accompanied by a memorial plaque which reads:

We will remember/ Tarata Soldiers: James Burr 23/88 NZ Rifle Brigade 16/9/1916; Lionel Fougere 26/100 NZ Rifle Brigade L/Corporal 16/9/1915; Cecil Guilford 10/3576 Wellington Infantry 4/5/1918; David Paterson 11/596 Wellington Mounted Rifles 2/Lieutenant 1/4/1918; Andrew Taylor 23/295 NZ Rifle Brigade  Sgt. 23/6/1917; George Taylor 24/301  Otago Infantry Regiment 16/10/1917. They paid the ultimate sacrifice/ World War 1 1914 - 1918.


Sources: Taranaki Daily News, Laird Haper, 29 Apr 2015; Kete New Plymouth: Taranaki Churches, Tarata Community Church, by Mike Gooch, accessed 10 Nov 2015; Kete New Plymouth: War Memorials WWI and WWII in Taranaki, Tarata Centennial Oak and Memorial Plaque, by Ron Lambert, 16 Nov 2015.

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Posted: 19 Jul 2017

My grandfather used to farm in the Tarata area, his name was Ralph Judd Morey. I believe he also farmed in other areas of Taranaki also - Eltham, Stratford. Would you have any idea of the exact location of his farm/s? I would really like to view the property one day.