Arundel Cemetery, at the intersection of Pratt & North Boundary Roads, South Canterbury, N.Z.

A small public country cemetery 15km north east of Geraldine and south west side of Arundel at the corner of Pratt & North Boundary Roads. Map. The flat triangular cemetery grounds are well maintained and landscaped with a stone wall entrance and gateway with a driveway right through the centre of the cemetery lined with cherry trees that bloom in September. This fenced cemetery has silver birch trees on the Pratt Rd side and lawsoniana and other deciduous trees on the North Boundary Rd side. There is a new section with a berm.  A few listings off site. The Arundel Cemetery database is online on the TDC site with photographs of the graves. 326 burials in Arundel as of August 2016. The cemetery does not have a RSA section but servicemen headstones are easy to pick out.

The population of Arundel has never exceeded 100. Near Arundel the first bridge over the Rangitata River was built in 1872, now Hwy 72, the scenic inland route, linking South Canterbury with the rest of Canterbury. In the 1930s the road bridges on State Highway 1 were constructed so the majority of the traffic did not come this way anymore and Arundel became stagnant. While you are visiting the area drive through Arundel along Bridge St. and there the road narrows to become one way as the blue gum trees have been saved instead of widening the road. Also drive down and view the river.

In loving memory of Meryn BRENTON, Killed in Action, s/o Violet Mary & Herbert Arthur Benton
[Corporal. Service No: 81406
Date of Death: 28/07/1944. Age: 27
Regiment/Service: New Zealand Armoured Corps 19th Regt.
Cemetery: Florence War Cemetery. Grave Reference: VII. C. 6.
Son of Herbert Arthur Brenton and of Violet Mary Brenton (nee Bailey), of Belfield, Canterbury, New Zealand; husband of Ellen Mary Brenton, of Te Moana, Canterbury.]

Robert Alan BRUCE, 7/21 South Canterbury Mounted Rifles Born 27th March 1895. Died 20th Dec. 1975

Remembrance Charles McDONALD, 1st N.Z.E.F. 27325 S/Sgt. d. 22 Dec 1971, aged 84

George WOODING died 1st Nov. 1981 - aged 88 1st N.Z.E.F. SGT. No. 18068

O Lord, support us all the day long, until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes, and the busy world lies hushed, and the fever of life is over,
and our work done. Then, Lord, thy Mercy, Grant us safe lodging, a holy rest and peace at the last, through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.

There are seven Tripp's headstones in Row 22. John Mowbray Howard TRIPP of Orari Gorge and Silverton, 70 Years 11 Oct 1940, plot 22, with the most interesting headstone, an above ground tomb, with a cross on top and this verse

"Under the wide and starry sky
Dig the grave and let me lie."


Press 12 October 1940 Page 12 OBITUARY
Mr J. M. H. Tripp
The death occurred last evening of Mr John Mowbray Howard Tripp, at his home at "Silverton," Geraldine. He was 70 years of age. Mr Tripp was born at Orari Gorge Station. He was the fourth son of Mr C G Tripp, a London barrister, who came to New Zealand as a pioneer farmer, and at Orari Gorge was the first to put sheep on the hill country in South Canterbury. His mother was a daughter of Bishop Harper. He was educated at Christ’s College and at Canterbury Agricultural College, Lincolin. He gained pastoral experience with his father at Orari Gorge, which, on his father’s death, was inherited by his four sons. On leaving Orari Gorge in 1897 he became manager and part owner of Glentanner Station, where he remained till the property was sold one year later. He was manager of Richmond Station for four years, and then took over the management of Richmond for his brother-in-law, Mr A. Hope; In 1900, with his brother, Mr B. E. H, Tripp, and Mr George Pinckney as partners, he purchased Glenaray station. He purchased Silverton in 1906. Mr Tripp was a fellow and life member of the Royal Colonial Institute, London. He had been a member of the Mackenzie and Geraldine County Councils, the Timaru Harbour Board, and various domain boards. He was a member of the South Canterbury War Relief Society from 1918 till 1933. Of recent years, however, his health prevented him from taking an active part in public affairs. During the Great War Mr Tripp was a member of the British Red Cross Society, and he served in France and England as an owner-driver.
    In 1911 he married Mary, daughter of Mr John Williams, a South Australian pastoralist. Both Mr and Mrs Tripp have been noted by the keen interest they have taken in the Geraldine district, and the generosity and hospitality which they, have always shown. The district will feel a great loss in Mr Tripp’s death and will sympathise deeply with Mrs Tripp. There are three sons in the family, Mr P. M. Tripp, who took up the study of medicine, and is now attached to the staff of the Christchurch Public Hospital, Mr D. M. H. Tripp, who is serving with the 1st Echelon in Egypt, and Mr H. M. H. Tripp, who is engaged in war work in England.

Lieutenant D.M.H. Tripp is buried at the Cassino War Cemetery, grave reference: VI. D. 9.

David Mowbray Howard Tripp Lieut.
New Zealand Armoured Corps
2nd Divisional Cav. Regt.
Died of wounds, Cassino, Italy.
6th March 1944
25 Years
Row 22 Plot 48.

Press April 1944 Page 6 OBITUARY
LIEUTENANT D. M. H. TRIPP Lieutenant David Mowbray Howard Tripp was recently reported to have died of wounds while on active service overseas. Lieutenant Tripp was the elder son of the late Mr J. M. H- Tripp, of Orari Gorge and "Silverton," and Mrs Tripp, of Christchurch. He was born on May 26, 1918, and was educated at the Waihi School, Winchester, and Christ's College. He was trained as a sheepfarmer under Major Tripp in Southland and at Orari Gorge. He twice visited England and travelled through America. On October 4, 1939, he joined a cavalry regiment and left for overseas with the 1st Echelon. He served in Egypt, Greece, and Crete as a corporal. Recommended for a commission, he was sent to India for seven months and passed through the Indian Military Academy at Dehra Dur, in 1941 and the Army Fighting Vehicle School. He returned to New Zealand as an instructor and was promoted to the rank of lieutenant when he left New Zealand again for Egypt and Italy. Lieutenant Tripp was buried near Cassino.
    His younger brother, Lieutenant Hugh Mowbray Howard Tripp, was at Cambridge in 1939 studying agriculture. He gained his commission in the Dorsets and later was transferred lo the Queen's Own 7th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment. He was killed in action in Tunisia on January 5. 1943.

Lieut. Hugh Mowbray Howard TRIPP
7th Battn. Queens Own Royal West Kent Regt. 1st Army
Killed in action Tunisia 5th Jan. 1943. aged 22
[Medjez-El-Bab War Cemetery, Tunisia. Grave Reference: 4. C. 5.]

In loving memory
Cotsford Carlton BURDON
died 4th November 1977 aged 84 years
and his wife
Ruth Mildred
died 30th August 2001 aged 88 years. 

George GUMBRELL was a beekeeper in the district and his two children, Robert and Ruth went to Tripp School.
In Remembrance of
George Edmund GUMBRELL
born Oxbridge, England 20-11-1904
Died Geraldine 4-10-1971
and his wife
Edith Mary Blackett nee Kynoch
born Newcastle on Tyne 10-5-1902
Died Geraldine 23-10-1981
[arrived in NZ on the Ruahine in 1926. He married Margaret Agnes Chesnay in 1927 and Edith in 1940.]

Also their loved daughter
Mary Ruth Gumbrell
16th May 2004 aged 60 yrs.

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