NEW ZEALAND ROLLS OF HONOUR AND WAR MEMORIALS
Thanks to Janet Doyle
from Communities Remember World War One : Memorials of the Manawatu District / compiled by Peter Olsen and Janet Doyle. - Feilding : Janet Doyle, 2014. ISBN9780473283988
available from The Coach House Museum, Feilding
Location: Tiritea School, Old West Road, Palmerston North, Manawatu. The school changed its name to Turitea in 2017. It appears that a spelling error transcribed on an early map altered landmarks in the Manawatu valley of Turitea, to Tiritea.
MANAWATU STANDARD, VOLUME XLIII, ISSUE 1090, 16 FEBRUARY 1918
TIRITEA'S ROLL OF HONOUR. THE UNVEILING CEREMONY. In common with the other small country districts throughout tho Dominion, Tiritea has made its contributions to the war, and since tho outbreak of hostilities no less than forty-five soldiers who have hailed originally from this district have responded to the call of duty. This is a splendid record, and one of which Tiritea may feel justly proud, and in order that this record may be perpetuated, and honour done those (soldiers to whom it is justly due, a roll of honour has been prepared. Tho roll has been subscribed to by the residents of the Tiritea district, and has been placed in the Tiritea school.
The unveiling ceremony was fixed for yesterday afternoon, the function being performed by Mr J. A. Nash, Mayor of Palmerston, and the annual picnic also being held at the school. There was a large attendance of parents and scholars, and Messrs H. Perry (chairman), G. Hart, B. H. Smith, C. Fitt and P. Toms, members of the school committee, were also present. Mr Perry made a few preliminary remarks, in which he thanked Mr Nash for coming out to unveil the roll in honour of the Tiritea boys who had enlisted and were serving King and country at the front. Mr Nash expressed his pleasure at being present that afternoon to unveil the roll of honour. We had now been engaged for three and a half years in the war. and apparently the end was not yet in sight. Though we appeared to be tit a safe distance from the scene of hostilities, all honour was due to our army and navy and to our Allies for what had been accomplished, and now with the entrv of America at this stage, it was felt that "the time was not far distant when peace would be declared. I have had the privilege," continued the Mayor, "of officiating at the unveiling of many rolls of honour during the present war, and to me it is a sad duty, while on the other hand it is a pleasure. It is sad because we know that the best of our manhood has gone away to fight for New Zealand, and the nation as well. Many have fallen and made the supreme sacrifice, but it gave us pleasure to know that the men who had left New Zealand had gone, cheerfully to do their duly and not let others fight for them. We honour them, and look forward to the day when we will see them back again. We all remembered the Boer War and what our men had done there. They were the first overseas troops to reach South Africa, and had done well, but that war was nothing compared with the big struggle to-day. Our losses had been very great for a country of our size, and made our land (God's Own Country) one of the most enduring under the British flag." The Mayor said he was glad that the children were present on an occasion when honour was being done to soldiers of the district, and he expressed the hope that the girls and boys would long cherish the names of the men on the roll of honour. These men had gone away to do their duty to protect the homes of the girls and boys, not only of that school, but of the Empire. The Mayor then removed the draping from the roll, and added "I have pleasure in unveiling this roll of honour in memory of the men who have fought in the war from this district, to those who are still fighting on the battlefield, and those who have made the supreme sacrifice." (Applause). Mr Perry expressed the appreciation of the people of the district at the presence of the Mayor, and his kindness in performing the unveiling ceremony, and said that the roll was in honour of the old boys of the school, some of whom had enlisted after having left the district. On the speaker's motion, the Mayor was the recipient of a hearty vote of thanks for his presence. At the invitation of the Mayor ringing cheers were given for the boys at the front, which concluded the ceremony. The roll of honour is nicely mounted, the timber being heart rimu, tastefully designed. The centre is also of rimu and stained black, and on this background appear the names of 45 soldiers, lettered in gold. The roll is surmounted with the following inscription: -
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