Topic: Witch Hill War Memorial

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War memorial on Witch Hill, Port Hills, Christchurch.

Situated on Witch Hill / Te Upoko o Kurī, at the top of Rapaki Track, on the Port Hills, Christchurch, the memorial was a seat made of unfaced basalt which had been quarried nearby. The memorial included two bronze plaques commemorating the lives of St Martins and Rapaki soldiers who had died in the First World War, while a third plaque featured the poem The Dead by Rupert Brooke (part III of his collection 1914).

The memorial seat had been erected by Mr and Mrs A. Anderson in memory of their son, Frederick, who had died during the battle of Messines.The plans to build the memorial were approved by the Summit Road Scenic Reserves Board in October 1917, just four months after Frederick Anderson died.

One plaque faced towards St. Martins, and was inscribed with the names of the Opawa and St. Martins soldiers

On the hills he loved
This seat is erected by his parents
In Memory of

Frederick Andrew Anderson
Who fell at Messines 7th June 1917
And in memory of his friend

Anthony Frederick Wilding
Who fell near Laventie 9th May 1915

Also in memory of those other gallant lads whose homes were near the foot of this hill at St Martins

Noel Fletcher Burnett
Fell at Gallipoli 18 Dec 1915

Henry Allen Bowron
Fell at Maodhabar Syria 24 Dec 1915

Edward William Bachelor
Fell at Messines 7 June 1917

John Leonard Barker
Fell in France 28 march 1918

George Thomas Barker
Fell in France 5 April 1918

The second plaque facing towards Rapaki had the following inscription:—

He whakamaharatanga tenei mo tangata toa o te iwi Maori o Rapaki
i tuku atu nei i a ratou ki te mate mo te Kingi me te Iwi i te Whawhai Nui

Waitere Manihera
Fell at Gallipoli  6 Aug 1915

Tamateraki Tene
Died at Auckland 27 April 1916

The memorial was damaged in the 2010-2011 Canterbury Earthquakes.


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Witch Hill War Memorial