Friday, April 25, 2014

Thames (NZ): Lest we forget

High on the Waiotahi spur above Thames, is the landmark WWI Peace Memorial. It bears the names of hundreds of men who both served and died. Hundreds more are not recorded - information on all men is being researched by The Treasury volunteers at Thames.

Lest we forget

Above the base of the Thames WWI Memorial
Below the 1925 unveiling notice
Source: Thames Star 24 April 1925

This grand reminder of WWI was unveiled in 1925. Sadly because of its geographical location the memorial services were only briefly held at the site. If you are in Thames, find time to go and visit the memorial and remember the names on the walls.

On 20 July 1966, The Thames Star newspaper gave Thames residents a close up of the top of the memorial, after a storm had damaged the top light structure.

We Will Remember Them

 Further information on Thames WWI and surrounding areas at The Treasury