Of the 3600 men and women of Nelson Province who served in the First World War a total of 680 died as a direct result of the war. Currently 93 of them are remembered on the Anzac Park Cenotaph.
Twenty years ago local researchers did an audit of all names appearing on regional war memorials. We now know that 680 people died as a direct result of their war service. Many of these people are remembered in other regions where they were living at the time or where their family had moved. Some men are remembered on more than one regional memorial.
In Nelson city at Anzac Park there are 93 names currently recorded but extensive research suggests this total should be 171. The City Council and RSA have reviewed the research and agreed that a new face will be aplied to the Cenotaph and that it will be rededicated on 11 November 2018. In some cases this will be the first time that these names have appeared on any memorial and in several cases brothers who both died in the war will be reunited on the same memorial for the first time in a century. Several other memorials will also be having names added where this is possible.
For further details contact Peter Millward [email protected]