Creating an "Avenue of Remembrance" with a tree for each local fallen First World War soldier, grown from the seeds of the Gallipoli Oak Tree planted in the centre of Christchurch.
The township committee for the above communities proposes celebrating the centenary of the First World War by planting trees grown from acorns taken from the 'Gallipoli Oak' growing next to Christchurch's Bridge of Remembrance.
This tree was grown from an acorn sent by Lt Douglas Deans to his mother while he was serving in Gallipoli (it is a Durmast oak, Quercus patraea). The Deans family have a long association with Canterbury and particularly with Waddington and Sheffield. The committee has grown a number of these oaks.
Our proposal is that an oak will be planted to commemorate:
- The declaration of war in August 2014
- The landing on Gallipoli in April 2015
- Finally, one tree will be planted in memory of each serviceman killed during the war, as recorded on the cenotaph - there are 20 names. It is proposed they be planted along Railway Terrace adjacent to the cenotaph. Each tree will be identified with a plaque (based on the design used for the North Otago trees). The trees will be planted on the 11th November 2018.
Thus far, the committee has consulted with the Waddington/Sheffield communities, the Malvern Returned Sevices Association, and the Selwyn District Council. It is our intention that the local Primary and High Schools will be similarly consulted.
Names of the soldiers from the local area who died during the First World War are below, in the following layout Rank/Name/Military #/Whether we have secured a photo of that person Yes/No. Those that are in bold we currently have limited information on, if anyone has any information on any of the soldiers in bold please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Rank / Name / Service # / Photo
PTE BERG, Frank L 33679 No
CPL BULL, Clarry F 13/564 Yes
SGT COMPTON, Arthur G 6/871 On Request
2LT DEANS, Alexander 27693 Yes
PTE DUNCAN, Alexander 47550 No
PTE GILLANDERS, William S 55050 Yes
PTE GUNN, Alexander E 38280 Yes
PTE GUY, Thomas 43971 No
PTE HEWITT, John Albert 6/832 Yes
PTE HINCHLIFFE, Henry W 33643 No
GNR JOHNSTON, Arthur J M 2/425 No
PTE KELLAND, Charles C 2/425 Yes
PTE KENNEDY, Albert F 55505 Yes
TPR McCAHON, Thomas 7/1118 Yes
CPL McMILLAN, Lewis A 10/2451 Yes
GNR PINER, Ernest 2/1460 Requested
PTE RICHARDS, Francis L 6/128 Yes
PTE SLEEMAN, Ernest A 7/2313 Requested
PTE SMITH, Percy H 47688 No
LCPL WILLIS, Frank 6/2811 No
This activity is being planned by the Waddington / Sheffield Township Committee. To contact the committee please follow the attached link above or click here.
Thank you to all those who have helped with information to date, we are making some great progress.