|Katikati e-memorial for soldiers who left from Katikati to serve in World War One |
A project completed March 2001 with the support of the Katikati Returned Services Association.
Information kindly researched and provided by P.R.Lascelles NZEF Research Service with additional material provided by local families.
above from left to right: detail from the Memorial Gates at the Uretara Domain, Katikati War Memorial Hall, the gravestone of N.Clark MM and the RSA section at the Katikati Cemetery on Springs Road.
Every town has them, memorials to those who died in action from the Boer War through to present times. Often in our busy lives we ignore these memorials, or we forget their significance.
This e-memorial is a tribute to the men who fought and to the people and families behind the names, and a reminder that we are all extensions of our collective history.
others who have served
lest we forget
Foreword by Jock Phillips, Chief Historian, Ministry for Culture and Heritage, 2001.
About ten years ago I spent two years travelling around New Zealand looking at the nation's war memorials. Two things struck me about this experience - first the extraordinary ingenuity of New Zealanders in commemorating those who had served in war. Second the sheer cost of war and the incredible number of names of those who had served in the Great War -- and even more the numbers who had died.
Jock Phillips was appointed Chief Historian in 1989 after 16 years teaching American and New Zealand history at Victoria University of Wellington. While at Victoria, he also founded and was the first director of the Stout Research Centre for the Study of New Zealand History, Society and Culture. His best-known publication is A Man's Country?: The Image of the Pakeha MaleA History (1987). Among other books he has also written one on war memorials, and edited a book of diaries and letters by First World War New Zealand soldiers. One of his recent publications is Brief Encounter: American Forces and the New Zealand People (1992)
|Spirit of ANZAC |
They clad us in the colours of the forest,
and armed us with the weapons made for war.
Then taught to us the ancient trade of killing,
and lead us to the sound of battles roar.
So give us comfort as we lay down bleeding,
and pray upon our cold and stiffened dead.
But mark our place that we might be accounted,
this foreign soil becomes our graven bed.
Now children place upon this stone a garland,
and learn of us each Anzac Day at dawn.
We are New Zealand's dead from distant conflict,
our sacrifice remembered ever more.
Mike Subritzky 1986
GSTS - RNZAF
Copyright Mike Subritzky - The Flak Jacket Collection
|Above: A plaque commemorating the 75th anniversary of the cessation of hostilities in the First World War. The plaque sits below a young kauri tree in the Uretara Domain.|