Story: Ngā pakanga ki tāwāhi – Māori and overseas wars

Placing soil at the Māori war memorial, Whanganui, 1925 (2nd of 2)

Placing soil at the Māori war memorial, Whanganui, 1925

Hope Gibbons, the mayor of Whanganui, places soil from the battlefields of Belgium in a memorial to Māori soldiers killed in the First World War, on 20 May 1925. Each of the four posts of the memorial bore the name of a place where Māori had fought. Soil from each of these locations was placed in the appropriate post. In all the Māori Contingent lost 336 men killed on active service, and over 700 were wounded. A number of the veterans who returned later died as a result of injuries or illness contracted during their war service.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Tesla Studios Collection (PAColl-3046)
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Photograph by Frank J. Denton

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Monty Soutar, 'Ngā pakanga ki tāwāhi – Māori and overseas wars - Māori contingent in the First World War', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/36687/placing-soil-at-the-maori-war-memorial-whanganui-1925 (accessed 25 March 2019)

Story by Monty Soutar, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 10 May 2016