About 45 minutes from Queenstown is the small township of Glenorchy, I’ll have another post coming up in the next few days about the town but in the meantime, I wanted to quickly share a little about the War Memorial and the impact of both world wars on this small town.
Click on this link to see the location on a map.
Although the town is tiny, there is a disproportionate number of men who served during World War 1 compared to the local population. This was because at the time, there were a lot of extra men in town working in the local mines. Many of the men who served and had their names on the memorial, actually came from other parts of New Zealand, and their families were living in other areas.
Also interestingly, the dates on the memorial are from 1914-1920, which was to include those who later died from injuries sustained during service.
The original memorial was unveiled in 1924 and then following WW2, the additional names were added for the men who died serving from Glenorchy during that war. By the time World War 2 arrived, the population in the town was back to its normal numbers, so the loss of life was 5 men instead of the staggering 25 from WW1.
There was a large placard next to the memorial with details of the men with their names on the memorial. Who they were, where they served, their families and their place of internment. I wish more war memorials would do this to further remember those individuals, they are more than just names.
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