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Ross South African War memorial


Ross South African War memorial.

The residents of Ross (pop: 614) and Tōtara and Southern Districts raised a memorial to John K. Allen of the 3rd New Zealand Contingent of the Rough Riders, who died of fever at Pretoria on 3 February 1901, aged 26. It is one of 11 South African War monuments erected to honour a single lost soldier.

The marble obelisk features ornate carvings of laurels and roses and the Latin phrase ‘Vincit Amor Patriae’ (Love of Country Conquers). A quarter of New Zealand South African War memorials used a Latin inscription.

Further information

  • Chris Maclean and Jock Phillips, The Sorrow and the Pride: New Zealand War Memorials, GP Books, Wellington, 1990

Jock Phillips and Chris Maclean, c1986

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Ross South African War memorial, URL:, (Manatū Taonga — Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated