Rembering the fallen

War memorials

New Zealanders, like every other nation in the world, remembered their lost in memorials of stone. In more recent times these memorials have been built in other materials. Here is a selection of memorials that I thought were interesting. Often they were erected by small communities, communities as small as several hundred. This puts the financial burden of many of these memorials into perspective.

I would welcome photographic contributions of memorials from readers of all other nations. Please send them in jpeg format.

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The small New Zealand town of Kaikoura, on the east coast of the South Island, had its own way of constructing its memorial. The memorial itself is constructed of stone as so many are, but it is framed with a walkway through a series of arches constructed from whale ribs. Kaikoura was a European whaling settlement in the 19th century.

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The plaque at the gates to the memorial and gardens.

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The memorial memorial itself. The whalebone arches are in the background.

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The memorial plaque itself. Like so many other memorials around the world, remembrance of the second great war was added in slightly cramped fashion at the bottom.

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The memorial in the village cemetery at Fresville, a small village inland from Utah Beach.

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The memorial at Barfleur, a coastal town in the Cotentin.

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The WW1 memorial in the town cemetery at Ste Mere Eglise in Normandy.

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Auckland War Memorial, at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, Auckland New Zealand. (Photo courtesy of Sandy Wilson.)

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Auckland War Memorial, at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, Auckland New Zealand. (Photo courtesy of Sandy Wilson.)

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Memorial at Newcastle upon Tyne."Described by Alan Borg, a former Director General of the Imperial War Museum as "one of the finest sculptural ensembles on any British monument." Sir Willliam Goscombe John designed 'The Response 1914' as a narrative sculpture depicting soldiers marching off to war watched by an angel while women and children bid them farewell. The bronze figures are set above a rustic plinth and steps against a long granite wall on the rear of which is an inscription commemorating the raising of the Northumberland Fusilier battalions by the Newcastle and Gateshead Chamber of Commerce. The memorial was commissioned by Sir George and Lady Renwick to commemorate three events: the raising of the Commercial Battalion of the Northumberland Fusiliers; the return of the five Renwick sons from the war; and Sir George Renwick's attainment of 50 years of commercial life on Newcastle Quayside."

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A close up view of the Newcastle upon Tyne memorial. These photos have been sent courtesy of of Eric Spicer.

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Bronze statue of Canterbury VC winner Private Nicholas, unveiled in 2006 on the banks of the river Avon in Christchurch, just 20 metres from the city's 'Bridge of Remembrance'.

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The plaque displaying Nicholas' citation for his VC.

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Not a stone memorial, but a wonderful kinetic sculpture (the poppies turn with the wind). This memorial sits at a corner of ANZAC Drive, itself a memorial to New Zealand's fallen.

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The inscription on the rectangular steel plates is the poem written in 1934 by Kemal Ataturk "Those heroes that shed their blood'. The poem is written on a plaque on the shores of Gallipoli. The full text, and information on the Gallipoli plaque, can be found here.

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The brass plaque unveiled at the dedication of the Christchurch memorial.

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Christchurch's Bridge of Rememberance. The bridge also includes dedications to New Zealand's fallen from other wars.

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Sumner is a small seaside suburb of Christchurch, New Zealand. The people of the suburb funded a series of light standards as their memorial to their fallen. There are 10 light standards in total, each bears two plaques naming battles in which New Zealanders were engaged.

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This standard featured a plaque to those who fought and died at Passchendaele.

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The path lit by the 10 light standards begins with two memorials.

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Boer War memorial, Palmerston, South Island, New Zealand.

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Memorial gates at Palmerston, South Island, New Zealand.

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Boer War memorial, Oamaru, South Island, New Zealand.

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World War 1 memorial, Oamaru, South Island, New Zealand.