Te Awamutu First World War memorial

Te Awamutu war memorial.

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Governor-General Lord Jellicoe unveiled the Te Awamutu First World War memorial on 30 May 1923. The dedication was undertaken by Chaplain Captain G.T. Robson MC.

The cenotaph, more than 20 feet high, was surmounted by a statue of a New Zealand infantryman carved from white marble. The names of 58 soldiers from Te Awamutu who gave their lives were inscribed around the sides.

The site, on a triangle of land at the junction of Bank and Teasdale Streets, was intended to allow for the display of war trophies, and for some years a field artillery piece was located in front of the memorial (this was probably removed at the start of the Second World War). The area is now known as ‘Anzac Green’.

A roll of honour listing servicemen from the area who gave their lives in both world wars is displayed in the Te Awamutu & District Memorial RSA clubrooms in Alexandra Street.

Sources: ‘Te Awamautu War Memorial Site Purchased’, NZ Herald, 4/10/19, p. 8; ‘Lord Jellicoe’s Tour: Visit to Te Awamutu’, NZ Herald, 31/5/1923, p. 8; ‘Te Awamutu’, Church Gazette, vol. 53, no. 7, July 1923, p. 111. ‘Sacrifices honoured’, Te Awamutu Courier, 23/4/2014, pp. 1, 4; ‘Gallipoli’ [supplement], Te Awamutu Courier, 23/4/2015, p. 7

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James McLean

Posted: 11 Mar 2015

Elizabeth - do you have photos that show the names? They would be very useful for our project For Us They Fell for Waikato Museum. If you could email them to me at [email protected] that would be terrific


Posted: 06 Aug 2012

Hi Elizabeth. We're always keen to get more photos for the memorials' register - please email [email protected] - thanks! Jamie Mackay

Elizabeth Knowles

Posted: 06 Aug 2012

Hi I have recent photos of this memorial, and quite a few other memorials. Would you like me to send you copies? What email address should I send them too?