East Town railway workshops roll of honour board

On Anzac Day 1918, workers at the East Town railway workshops in Whanganui unveiled a roll of honour board listing staff members who were on war service. Six of the 37 men named had been killed in action.

When in 1920 the Railways Department proposed erecting 15 boards around the country as part of plans to commemorate all railwaymen who had died on active service, it considered not replacing the ‘very fine’ East Town board. [1] It is not known what became of this board. The department erected a national roll of honour board at its head office in 1922.

[1] ‘Roll of Honour boards’, ADQD 17422 W2381 34/1915/3312/1, Archives New Zealand

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