Field of Remembrance crosses returning to families
Monday, 24 May 2021
The Rotorua Returned Services Association (RSA) are beginning the process of gifting World War One Rotorua District Field of Remembrance crosses to descendants of those soldiers represented.
Supported by Rotorua Lakes Council, the project aims to connect all 109 crosses and one Star of David to appropriate families. Each cross features the serial number, rank, initials and surname of a soldier from the Rotorua District who served and died as a result of World War One.
Family members are asked to email expressions of interest, including details about the soldier and their family connection to them, to firstname.lastname@example.org
All expressions of interest need to be received by Monday 16 August 2021, and collection of the crosses will take place in September 2021.
The Rotorua District Field of Remembrance was erected next to the Cenotaph in Government Gardens for the first time in April 2015 as part of the WWI centennial commemorations. Marking the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings by ANZAC troops on 25 April 1915, the initial plan was to install it each ANZAC day for four years – covering the WWI centenary years.
Coordinated by the Rotorua WW100 Committee, the research was carried out by Rotorua Museum and local researchers and endorsed by the Rotorua RSA. The crosses, made by members of Menz Shed Rotorua, included one for “The Unknown Soldier, Known unto God” – representing the many men who died during WWI but are not known or not recorded.
ANZAC Day marks New Zealand’s first major engagement of World War One at Gallipoli, Turkey. While it was a terrible defeat, it has become a legend of sacrifice and this year marks 100 years since New Zealand soldiers landed at Gallipoli.
A full list of those included in the WWI Rotorua District Field of Remembrance can be found here
Ka maumahara tonu tātau ki a rātau. We will remember them.
For further information:
Kathy Nicholls, Communications & Marketing Coordinator,
Arts & Culture Division, Rotorua Lakes Council
P: 07 351 8456 C: 0276 741 898 E: email@example.com
Image credit: WWI Rotorua District Field of Remembrance, 2015