Story: First World War

Memorial certificate (2nd of 2)

Memorial certificate

The close family of soldiers who had died in the First World War usually received a memorial scroll such as this. In this case the mother of Herman Rolfes received the scroll with his name inscribed in 1921. She had already received a small canvas bag with his personal effects and a letter of condolence from the chaplain of the Canterbury Infantry Regiment in which her son had served. Subsequently, she was sent the two medals that he had earned. Most close relatives were also sent a photograph of their fallen soldier's grave. Such mementos became treasured possessions for thousands of grieving parents.

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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Reference: GH002674

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How to cite this page:

Ian McGibbon, 'First World War - Impact of the war', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/ephemera/34141/memorial-certificate (accessed 25 June 2017)

Story by Ian McGibbon, published 20 Jun 2012