Stratford Hall of Remembrance – VIDEO


Stratford Hall of Remembrance

The Stratford Hall of Remembrance is possibly unique amongst New Zealand war memorials. The hall itself is an arcade on the ground floor of the Stratford municipal building, erected in 1916 to house the Stratford Borough Council offices and a public reading room.

In 1917 it was decided that the arcade would be a suitable location for the Stratford district’s roll of honour. Glass-fronted oak cabinets were set up housing the framed photographs of 129 men from the area who had given their lives. The details given with each photograph included name, rank and date and place of death (“Riflmn. C.R. Watkins. Killed in action, France, Jan 2nd 1918”; “Colonel W.G. Malone. Killed in action, Gallipoli, Aug. 8th 1915”, etc.)

The memorial was unveiled by the Prince of Wales on 3 May 1920. A commemorative plaque was added in August 1920: “This roll of honour to the men of the Stratford District who made the Supreme Sacrifice in the Great War, 1914-1919, was graciously unveiled by H.R.H. Edward, Prince of Wales on his visit to Stratford, May 3rd, 1920.”

After the Second World War additional cabinets were set up to house another 55 photographs (unveiled on Anzac Day 1951). The full list of names can be found on Kete New Plymouth. Filmed in 2015

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