A publication which includes profiles of all men listed on the Rotorua First World War cenotaph and Arawa Soldiers' War Memorial in the Rotorua Government gardens.
To commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War in 2014, Andrew Monk and Kevin J. Lyall of Rotorua are working together on a book about the men from the Rotorua district who died in the South African War of 1899-1902 and World War I of 1914-1918.
Andrew has been researching each of the men and to complement his work, Kevin has written about the city's three war memorials for these two wars. The book will feature detailed profiles and photographs – where available – of each man, together with photographs and detailed histories of the three war memorials in the Rotorua Government Gardens on which they are commemorated: The Fred Wylie Memorial, First World War Cenotaph and Arawa Soldiers' Memorial for World War I.
Andrew and Kevin hope to have their book published before the end of the centenary commemorations for the First World War in 2018. This book will be an important publication and a unique historical record for Rotorua, It will for the first time bring the names on the memorials 'to life' and allow people and the community to know about the men they honour each Anzac day. It will also describe in detail, the histories and symbolism of the three war memorials in the Government Gardens on which the names of the men are commemorated and remembered.