Cave War Memorial, Cave, South Canterbury, New Zealand

Cave War Memorial
Cave War memorial. Photo taken April 2005 by Margaret Todd.
South Canterbury, New Zealand

This rock memorial , Timaru basalt, is located on the edge of the road at the saddle, on the route to St David's Memorial Church from Cave.

So long as the rocks endure and grass grows and water runs, so long will this stone bear witness that through this low pass in the hills men from Cave, Cannington, and Moutakaika Districts rode and walked their way to the Great European War 1914-1918 and to World War II 1939-1945.  Some of them have not returned but have left their mortal remains in foreign lands and strange seas that our British way of living may continue but their immortal souls have risen from the grave.

Those who gave their lives:
Alexander, G.
Amyes, A.C.
Hugham, L.
Martain, M.D.
McInnes, A.
Murphy, A.M.
Murphy. A.M.
Murphy, E.M.
Nelson, T.

Those who offered their lives by serving overseas:
Auld, E.
Anderson, C.M.
Blissett, H.
Boothby, J.
Casey, R.
Cooper, C.
Dobson, E.
Dobson, W.
Dougherty, W.
Easter, H.
Esler J.
Findlay, R.
Graham, J.
Graham, F.
Graham, A.
Hughan, L.
Hyndman, W.
Hyndman, R
Howell, B.
McKay, H.
Mackenzie, R.
Macmaster, D.
MacPherson, N.
Nelson, R.
Newson, J.
Parker, W.
Pringle, T.
Ritchie, W.T.
Stumbles, D.
Stumbles, F.
Scannell, C.
Timmins, J.
Turnbull, J.
Verity, C.
Verity, G.
Walker, C.
Walker, J.
Wall, J.
Whitticase, J.
Wilson, V.
Winter, H.
Wingham. W.

R.S.A. poppy

Those who gave their lives 1939 - 1945:
Baker, O.
Duff, W.
Gillingham, J.B.
Howell, R.H.
Lamb, A.J.
Lamb, S.
Little, E.G.
McKenzie, A.G.
McKerchar, I.D.
Struthers, H. (M.M.)

Those who served 1939-1945:
Alexander, R.J.
Baird, A.S.
Brosnahan, P.
Calder, I.
Campbell, L.T.
Cameron, L.M.
Caple, J.W.
Chant, G.
Connelly, A.W.
Davison, G.S.
Day, M.J.
Day, W.J.
Fitzgerald, D.P.
Fox, R.J.
Giles, G.E.
Gray. A.J.
Grundall, R.T.
Guthrie, D.
Harris, A.
Harvey, R.
Hawthorne, D.
Hessell, W.F.
Howard, F.M.
Kelynack, E.
Kerr, E.W.
Kington, A.
Klem, J.F.
Lang, B.
Lang, J.
McFadgen, N.J.
McIntosh, C.
McIntosh, H
McLaren, A.
McVey, N.H.T.
McVey, M.R.
Malthus, K.G.
Moses, R.F.
Moualt, R.
Naughton, J.
Priest, R.J.
Raynor, L.J.
Scott, Margaret
Scott, A.S.
Sewell. H.J.
Sugrave, J.J.
Struthers, C.
Taylor, G.F.
Weavers, R.C.
Weavers, S.S.
Wilson. T.K.
Wreford, O.
Verity, V. (D.F.C.)

In 2010 saw 160 people make the traditional walk to the hilltop war memorial, where Noel Crawford spoke about all the young men of the Cave district who went to the wars.

Cannington District War Memorial plaques are set in the gate posts at the entrance to the Cannington School on Cannington Rd.

Photo taken by Bruce Comfort- March 2011  Photo taken by Bruce Comfort- March 2011

In Honoured Memory of
A.C. Amyes
G.F. Alexander
E.M. Murphy
A.M. Murphy
M.D. Martin

Who lost their lives in the Great War 1914 -1918

In Honoured Memory of
A.O. Baker
J.B. Gillingham
R.H. Howell
A.J. Lamb
S. Lamb
E.G. Little
A.G. McKenzie
I.D. McKerchar

Who lost their lives in World War II 1939 -1940

South Canterbury, New ZealandGenWeb Project

26 April 2008 Timaru Herald
About 100 people attended the 10:30am service in Cave yesterday at the Cave Hall then walked to the top of the hill to lay the wreaths. The service at Cave had extra significance this year because there is only one returned servicemen left from Cave.

62898 Lance Corporal George Francis Alexander, D Coy. Otago Infantry Reg. Farmer of Cave, died of wounds (received near Bapaume)
1st battalion, Otago regiment, 8th Company C.C.
Embarked from Wellington 22 Nov. 1917 on the Willochra. Disembarked Liverpool 7 Jan. 1918
Marched into Camp Sling 8 Jan. 1918
To isolation hospital Tidworth 14 Jan. 1918
Marched in from Hospital 31 Jan. 1918
Left for France 20 March 1918
30 March 1918 Posted to strength
25 May 1918 posted to 8th Company
25 August 1918 Wounded in action admitted No. 1 NZ FD
25 August 1918 Admitted No. 56 Cas. Cl. St.
26 Aug. 1918 Died of wounds (G.S.W. multiple)
Buried Bagneux British Cemetery, Gezaincourt, Somme, France
George b. 11 Oct. 1887 at Riverside, St. Andrews, south of Timaru. C of E.
S/o the late Samuel and Eliza Ann H (nee Lees) Alexander of 21 Nile St, Timaru. His parents had come to NZ from Canada. Father had been in NZ 30 years. Mother 40years.  Married in 1882. Samuel, his father, died 24 January 1909 aged 62.
George had passed the 4th educational standard. Prior to enlistment George worked on his mother's farm at "Sunnybrook" Cave.
He was medically boarded in Timaru 4 May 1917 by Lt. Col. George Lyon (travelling medical board) assistant for Robert Hogg Capt. NZMC. Examined 4 May 1917. Eyes hazel. Complexion: fair. Hair brown. Weight 147lbs. 5ft. 5 inches. George left for France ex England 20 March 1918.
George's medals, scroll and plaque were sent to his mother Mrs E.A. Alexander, 21 Nile Street, Timaru. On Memorial Wall, Timaru; Cave First World War Memorial; Esk Valley War Memorial; Timaru Boys High School War Memorial (Library), his father's headstone at St. Mary's Church, Esk Valley.

Timaru Herald 17 May 1917 Page 3 MILITARY APPEAL BOARD.
SITTING AT TIMARU. A sitting of the Canterbury Military Service Appeal Board was held in the Municipal yesterday, when 58 appeals were dealt with. The Board consisted of Messrs H J. Beswick (acting-chairman), F. T. Eldridge, H.C. Rich, and Major K. H. Gresson (military representative).
George F. Alexander (Mr Walton), farmer, Cave, said he managed 220 acres of agricultural land and 246 acres of pastoral land. He was indispensable to the farm. He received no wages, he wished to be left till the end of the First Division. He was the only man on the farm, and employed only casual labour. The appeal was adjourned sine die.

27191, Private Alfred Cuthbert AYMES, Canterbury Infantry Regiment, 17th reinforcements, J Company, NZEF Killed in action, Ypres, Belgium, Oct 12, 1917, aged 32 years
Alfred was born October 5, 1885 at Kirwee, son of Alfred and Elizabeth Amyes, Motukaika, Cave. He had attended the Templeton School and prior to his enlistment he was self employed. He enlisted in Timaru on April 29, 1916. Described as: weight 140lb, chest 32 inches, 5 foot 8 1/2 inches tall, of dark and fair complexion, eyes grey and hair brown. Alfred served in New Zealand from May 31, 1916 until September 24, 1916. He left Wellington on 25 September 1916 on the Devon with the 17th reinforcements for Devonport, England and arrived in France, December 1916. He suffered two bouts of sickness in 1917, one serious enough to require staying in hospital in England for five months. He returned to France in September and was killed in action less than a month later at Ypres, Belgium. Alfred was buried at Passchendaele Belle Veu Speer by Rev J.A. Leish on October 13, 1917 and is also remembered on on Tyne Cot Memorial. Alfred's war medals, scroll and plaque were sent to his father, Mr Alfred Amyes, at Cave.

25 April 2014