Topic: Sumner-Redcliffs RSA memorial

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Sumner New Zealand Returned and Services' Association memorial gates and seat, Wakefield Avenue, Sumner.

Stone gates with two bronze plaques, a bench seat and flag pole, mark the site of the rebuilt  Sumner-Redcliffs RSA memorial in Wakefield Avenue, Sumner. The gates are located just south of the former gates, and the rebuilt memorial will be offically opened in April 2018.

The original Sumner RSA memorial was dedicated on Anzac Day 1947, and the two bronze plaques commemorating the Anzacs –  were placed on stone columns at the entrance to the former RSA clubroom.

The Sumner-Redcliffs RSA was started in 1932, as a sub-branch of the Christchurch RSA. In 1944 they bought a couple of army huts and relocated them to the site at Wakefield Avenue. The Sumner RSA building was badly damaged in the 22 February 2011 Christchurch earthquake and subsequently demolished in 2014.

The original plaques were saved during the demolition and have been incorporated in the new stone memorial. The new site includes a bench seat with memorial plaques dedicated to Ian Caldwell, and Lucy and Stuart Routledge, who died during the Feb 2011 earthquake.

Ian Caldwell, a builder, was killed  when boulders from the cliff face landed on the RSA clubrooms and a building site next door. Lucy and Stuart Routledge where RSA gardeners, who lost their lives on the Red Bus.


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Sumner-Redcliffs RSA memorial

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