In recognition of Taranaki's First World War soldiers, the New Plymouth RSA organised to construct a memorial statue near the town's waterfront, to be unveiled on Armistice Day 2018.
In recognition of the great sacrifices of the fallen and the survivors of the Taranaki region, the local RSA commissioned a sculpture of an ANZAC soldier to commemorate the anniversary of the Armistice that brought the First World War to an end in November 1918.
Life-sized and dressed in Taranaki Regimental uniform, the Memorial Statue was cast in bronze and placed adjacent to the Cenotaph in New Plymouth, overlooking the site of the old railway station - the point of departure for the majority of Taranaki soldiers and personnel serving in the First World War.
The statue will be a poignant reminder of the dreadful carnage of war. Whilst there are no official statistics for Taranaki we know the total number of men and women who
served overseas in the war was around 100,000, which translates into around l0% of the then population of New Zealand. Of this number there were 58,000 casualties, of which 16,697 men and women were killed as a direct consequence the First World War.
The Memorial Statue will be positioned facing Australia - significant as New Plymouth is the most westerly city in New Zealand to recognise the unique ANZAC fellowship.