This roll of honour, in the office entrance to Wellington's railway station, lists 450 members of the New Zealand Railways Department who lost their lives serving during the First World War. Around 5000 of the Department's permanent staff enlisted during the war, out of a 1914 workforce of 14,000, and many casual workers also served.
The roll was unveiled by the Prime Minister, W.F. Massey, at the Railways Department's head office in Featherston Street on 30 April 1922. At this time it listed 446 names (including two out of alphabetical order at the end, presumably late additions); a further four names were added later. When Wellington's new railway station opened in 1937 the memorial was moved down the road to its present location. (See Railways Department Roll of Honour for a transcript of the names with links to their records on the Cenotaph database.)
The Department's war dead were also commemorated in a mobile memorial, the Passchendaele locomotive.
A plaque commemorates Railways staff who died in the Second World War.