Strathmore war memorial

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War memorial at Brewer Road, Strathmore in east Taranaki.

The memorial records those from the surrounding districts who served in both First and Second World Wars. The memorial was unveiled on 8 Nov 2008. (See Taranaki Daily News 20 Oct 2008). It was erected on the site of the Strathmore War Memorial Hall, demolished in 2006. The bronze plaque from the hall is attached to the fence alongside the memorial.  The rolls of honour from the hall are in the Stratford RSA.

The memorial consists of a granite soldier figure on black marble plinth. It was designed by Daryl Anderson, Anderson's Monumentalists, Hawera. The soldier was sculpted by carvers in Xiamen, China

Inscription

STRATHMORE AND TE WERA
MAKAHU DISTRICTS

Roll of Honour 1914-18 Roll of Honour 1939-45
Sgt Jack Cuthbert Pte Moera D Marshall
Pte George Irvine West Dvr John H Ryan
Pte Karl William Frank Pte Douglas Meek
Alfred Catchpole Tpr Hector L Mallet
Eric Catchpole Sgt Henry R Garlick
Pte William Henry Stockley Sgt Edwin W J Nagel
Pte George Stuart Steer Gnr William G Garlick
Sgt William Foley P/O Norman J Cheney
Pvt Arthur John Finnerty Gnr Raymond A Nagel
LCRP Edwin Gill Finnerty Dvr Donald M Simmons
Pvt Archibald Steer Sgt Michael C Ford
Pvt Martin Rea Pvt Terence C M Foley
Pvt Carrol Coulton Sgt Alexander Manning
Pvt James Catchpole Gnr Donald G Mayo
Pvt William Frank Gnr Albert H McCracken
Pvt Reginald C Meredith Gnr Ashley R Garlick
Pvt David Steer Pte Francis W Murray
Pvt Adolphus Frank A/C Richard G Smith
Pvt George Frank Stoker John J Kelly
Pvt Thomas Frank Flt Lieut Charles M O’Neill
Pvt Frank Williams A/C Sefton J Garlick
Pvt William Hansen Pte Charles D K Gooch
Pvt Leonard Hansen Pte Stanley E Riddick
Pvt Leicester Hodgson Pte Milton J Murray
Pvt Melville Owen Steffart A/C Noel H Renai

LEST WE FORGET

Bronze plaque from the Strathmmore hall (hall demolished in 2006 and plaque re-installed on the fence alongside the memorial):

THIS HALL IS DEDICATED
AS A MEMORIAL
TO THOSE WHO MADE
THE SUPREME SACRIFICE
IN THE SERVICE OF
THEIR COUNTRY
1939 – 45
'GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN'

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Michael Coulton

Posted: 13 Mar 2014

The sculpture was carved using a photograph of Pvt Carrol Coulton as reference (Carrol Coulton appears on the roll also). The memorial was commissioned by Carrol Coulton (grandson of the aforementioned) using funds from the sale of native timbers from the demolished hall and grants from the TET and veterans affairs.