Te Mata and Ruapuke honour rolls

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The Te Mata School Roll of Honour 1914-1919 is held at Te Mata School. This lists one man killed in action (William E. Mold), four men died of sickness (H.S. Pain, H. Phillips, A.W. Gibbison and T.G. Mold), one missing (H. Proctor), and 26 also served.

The Te Mata District Roll of Honour 1939-1945 is housed in the Te Mata hall, just across the road from the school. This lists six men killed in action (Captain C.D. Brown MM, Flight Sergeant A.G. Gibbison, Sapper R.J. Harrison, and Gunners R.A. Dean, W.G. Hodson and F.D. Nicholson) and 42 also served. The Te Mata Public Hall dates from 1905.

The hall also holds the Ruapuke roll of honour. This was originally unveiled in the Ruapuke hall on 16 May 1956, but was later moved to Te Mata. It lists three names from the South African War, 15 from the First World War, 17 from the Second World War, and one from J-Force (post-war service in Japan).

One further Te Mata memorial seems to have disappeared. On 29 September 1961 Mr J.L.Y. Martyn, a Gallipoli veteran, planted a descendant of the Lone Pine on Lone Pine Ridge, Gallipoli, in the Te Mata cemetery. The tree was marked with a plaque inscribed: ‘Anzac / memorial tree / great grandchild of / famous Gallipoli / “Lone Pine”’.

The memorial pine was cut down in 1983, but a number of seedlings were planted in the Te Mata Domain. Neither the trees nor the plaque can be located today.

Sources: F.J. Trolove, Ruapuke: The Early Days, Hamilton, 1970, p. 16; R.T. Vernon, Te Mata, Te Hutewai, Hamilton, 1972, pp. 28-30; Raglan and Districts RSA, 1932-2007, Raglan, 2007, inner covers, pp. 90-1, 121, 131-2.

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John Lawson

Posted: 09 Oct 2019

The plaque and tree are still in Te Mata Domain, near the stream - see https://www.facebook.com/RaglanRamblers/photos/ms.c.eJxFUlmSRVEE21EXMe9~....