Sherwood Downs-Ashwick Flat War Memorial

South Canterbury, New Zealand
Fairlie War Memorial

Timaru Herald 24 July 1920 Page 2
ASHWICK FLAT. MEMORIAL TO FALLEN SOLDIERS.
    Two meetings of considerable importance in this district were held in, the Ashwick: Flat School. The first was to consider the erection of some fitting memorial .to the soldiers who lost their lives in the late war. Mr S. P. Bray occupied the chair, and after considerable discussion it was decided to erect a memorial at the cross roads or what is known as Bain's corner, and the following were appointed a committee to choose a suitable memorial, collect funds, and see the work through : Messrs S. P. Bray, James Barron, A. F. Campbell, Chris Jones and C. H. Whatman.
    This committee hare since met, and arrangement's are complete for thorough canvass for the necessary funds. The site, given by Mr Ben Jones, is an. ideal one for the purpose, and when erected the memorial will be a land mark in the district. The committee have the greatest confidence in going to the public for assistance in this cause. Seven men from Sherwood Downs, Melville Downs, Allandale, Clayton, and Ashwick Flat, are buried now in different lands; and it is desired that a memorial should be erected, in their honour. As the years go by it will stand to remind our children's children of what might have been our lot but for the brave lads who left our shore and helped, to forge a chain that shall bind the dogs of war.

January 2001. Mt Ribbonwood to the left and Fox Peak to the right.

The war memorial with etched fern leaf was unveiled in June 1921 before a crowd of 250.  Mr. T.D. Burnett, M.P. planted a memorial oak.  "Oh God Our Help in Ages Past" and Kipling's recessional sung.  A lone piper J.A. McDonald playing the Scottish lament "The Flowers of the Forest". A wreath in memory of the fallen was placed. Located at Monument Corner, Ashwick Flat at the intersection of the Trentham Road and the Clayton Road about 5 km from Fairlie.  A magnificent view of the Two Thumb Range and Sherwood Downs can be obtained from this location. Up the Trentham Rd, there is a side road on the left to the Lake Opuha dam.

This monument is erected in memory of the men from this district who served in the Great War, 1914-1918. "Remember always how much you owe to them and try to do as much for the Empire in your own day as they have done in theirs." Edward P.

Lord God of Hosts
Be with us yet,
Lest we forget
Lest we forget

  In Memoriam In Memoriam     1914-1918

Capt L.G. O'Callaghan
Lt. A.A. Farquhar, M.C.
Cpl. C. Campbell
Cpl. D. Coll 
Pte  A. Hornblow 
Pte  S.K. Jones 
Pte  N. Maze

    In Memoriam     1939-1945

Gnr L.D. Cordes 
F/Lt G.I. Ellis 
F/Sgt C.R. Ellis 
Pte J.W.G. Caswell

    Roll of Honour     1914-1918      (Returned)

Allan, A.		Harvey, R.J.
Allan, W.		Harvey, T.H.
Jones, C.		Howes, C.
Bain, R.G.		Holland, C. H.
Bray, H.C.		McKenzie, W.S.
Brosnan, A.J.		
Moran, G. T.
Butters, J.		O'Brien, R.
Capill, A.G.		O'Dowd,J.P. 
Cole, J.		O'Neil, J. 
Coll, W.		Raphley, R.M.
Cotterell A.M.
Dore, J.J.  		
Dowry, J.J.		Sadler, R.W.  
Ellis, W.		Symes, V. G.
Farquhar, A.		Wright, J. 
Harvey, D. 

    Roll of Honour     1939 -1945      (Returned)

Siegert, C.L. 		Gallagher, C. A. 
 D.F.C. A.F.C.
Scott, Sister E.J.	Goulter, C.H. B. 
Allan, L.W. 		Goulter, P.M. C. 
Allan, R.W. 		Innes, S.L. 
Bray, G.V. 		Lundie, D.
Bray, H.A. 		McConnell, J.R. 
Bray, N.T. 		McConnell, W.B. 
Butters, W.H. 		Mackie, A.G. 
Crampton, C.C. 		Munro, H.A. 
Crampton, I. A. 	O'Connor, M.J.
Capill, J.M.J. 		O'Reilly, D. F. 
Carter, P.F.(oak leaf)	Siegert, G.M. 
Cartwright, R.A. 	Stephens, C.W. 
Casey, J.		Symes, V.G. 
Caswell, H.G. 		Tovey, K.D. 
Cordes, R.D. 		Wareing, B. 
Edmondston, E.D. 	Wareing, G.K. 
Ellis, N. 		Whyte, B.L. 
Ewart, A.C. 		Williams, J.E. 
Ewart, T.W. 		Williams, J.W.
Returned

R.S. A. Poppy

An oak leaf beside a name would most likely mean the person was mentioned in dispatches for something quite courageous and though didn't qualify for a medal, his bravery was noted in his war records.

Remembrance Day
At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11 month of 1918 Germany surrendered bringing a close to the Great War, "the war to end all wars" that 13 million civilians and 8.5 million soldiers lost their lives.  Bells still tolled in New Zealand on Remembrance Day 1998 with memorable services and wreaths being laid at cenotaphs throughout the country. Well after WW2 a two minute silence was still observed throughout the country and trams would even stop in Wellington at the eleventh hour. The 'Last Post' is still played everyday in Ypres, Belgium. 

 

Nominal Rolls WWI Causality Lists for NZEF servicemen from Sherwood Downs
I only checked eight servicemen and out of those three KIA, five of them had been wounded, one wounded and later KIA.

New Zealand Army WWI Nominal Rolls, 1914-1918
Name: Harold Charles Bray
Regimental Number: 26/1087
Relative Name: Mrs Frances Bray
Relative Relationship: Mother
Embarkation: 1916
Source Citation: Nominal Rolls: Vol. 2: 1 Jan 1916 - 31 Dec 1916.

Nominal Rolls: Vol. 1: 15 Aug 1914 - 31 Dec 1915.
Joseph Butters
Regimental Number: 7/679
Trooper, Main Body CMR
Single
Last Residence: Sherwood Downs
Relative Name: Joseph Butters, Sherwood Downs
Relative Relationship: Father
Embarkation: 1914-1915

Nominal Rolls: Vol. 1: 15 Aug 1914 - 31 Dec 1915.
Allan Farquhar
Regimental Number: 6/452
Pte, Main Body, Canterbury Inf. Batln.
Single
Last Residence: Fairlie
Relative Name: J Farquhar, Clayton, Fairlie
Relative Relationship: Father
Embarkation: 1914-1915

Nominal Rolls: Vol. 1: 15 Aug 1914 - 31 Dec 1915.
Ambrose Martin Cotterell
Regimental Number: 7/1603
Trooper 7th Reinf. CMR
Single
Last Residence: Fairlie
Relative Name: William M Cotterell, Box. 37, Fairlie
Relative Relationship: Brother
Embarkation: 1914-1915

A M Cotterell
Date Reported: 18 Jan 1917 Wounded
Casualty No. 495/3
Regimental Number: 7/1603
Book 7: 15 Nov 1916 - 14 Feb 1917.
New Zealand Army WWI Casualty Lists, 1914-1919
WWI Causality Lists, vol. 1
- 14, 1914 -   1919.
Military Archive & Research Library, Waiouru, New Zealand.
 

 

Nominal Rolls: Vol. 1: 15 Aug 1914 - 31 Dec 1915.
Roy Murray Rapley
Regimental Number: 8/2792
Last Residence: Fairlie
Relative Name: Mrs G Rapley
Relative Relationship: Mother
Embarkation: 1914-1915

WWI Casualty Lists, 1914-1919
R M Rapley
Date Reported: 26 Oct 1917
Regimental Number: 8/2792
Book 10: 15 Aug 1917 - 14 Nov 1917
Wounded 26 Oct. 1917
Casualty No. 703/1 6th Reinforce.
Corporal- Non commissioned Officer

Daniel Coll
Regimental Number: 29148
Company C - Canterbury Infantry Battalion
Relative Name: James Coll
Occupation: Farmer
Relative Relationship: Father, Fairlie
Embarkation: 1916
Nominal Rolls: Vol. 2: 1 Jan 1916 - 31 Dec 1916.

New Zealand Army WWI Casualty Lists, 1914-1919
D Coll
Date Reported: 20 Jun 1917 Wounded
Regimental Number: 29148
18th Reinforce.
Casualty No. 601/5
Book 9: 15 May 1917 - 14 Aug 1917.


New Zealand Army WWI Casualty Lists, 1914-1919
L. Corpl. D Coll
Date Reported: 10 Apr 1918
KIA
Casualty No. 826/9
Regimental Number: 29148
Book 12: 15 Feb 1918 - 14 May 1918.

Charles Henry Holland
Regimental Number: 36443
NZRB Reinf. Company G.
Occupation: farmer
Relative Name: Frederick Holland, Sherwood Downs, Fairlie
Relative Relationship: Father
Embarkation: 1917
Nominal Rolls: Vol. 3: 1 Jan 1917 - 31 Dec 1917.

C H Holland
Date Reported: 18 Oct 1917
Regimental Number: 36443
Private 21st Reinf.
Casualty No. 695/6 Wounded
Book 10: 15 Aug 1917 - 14 Nov 1917.
New Zealand Army WWI Casualty Lists, 1914-1919  
Nominal Rolls: Vol. 3: 1 Jan 1917 - 31 Dec 1917.
Norman Maze
Regimental Number: 58555
Relative Name: Mrs Sarah Maze
Relative Relationship: Mother
Embarkation: 1917

N Maze
Date Reported: 15 Oct 1918
Regimental Number: 58555
Private
KIA
Casualty No. 978/8
18th Reinforce.
Book 14: 15 Aug 1918 - 6 Jan 1919.
New Zealand Army WWI Casualty Lists, 1914-1919
Nominal Roll: 2 NZEF

Nelson Thomas Bray
Embarkation: 1940
Army Number: 9413
Dvr. 4 Fed Amb.
place of enlistment: Christchurch
Station hand Fairlie, South Canterbury, NZ
Relative Name: Mrs L M Bray 97 Fitzgerald Ave, CHCH
Relationship: Wife
Nominal Roll: 1939 - 31 Mar 1940

Harold Bray
Embarkation: 1941
Army Number: 42151
Pte, N.Z.O.C.
Single
Place of enlistment: Timaru
Lorry Driver
Last Residence: Sherwood Downs, Fairlie
Fairlie, New Zealand
Relative Name: Mr S P Bray
Relationship: Father
Nominal Roll: 1 Apr 1941 - 30 Jun 1941

Name: Godfey Victor Bray
Embarkation: 1940
Army Number: 9079
Dvr, 2 Div. Sup. Coln
Single
Place of enlistment: Christchurch
Occupation: Lorry and tractor driver
Last Residence: Fairlie
Relative Name: Mr S P Bray
Relationship: Father
Nominal Roll: 1939 - 31 Mar 1940

William Hector Butters
Embarkation: 1944
Army Number: 453878
Pte Inf. Reinfs.
Single
Place of enrollment: Timaru
Occupation: Farm hand
Last Residence: C/o C. Adamson, Fairlie
Relative Name: Mrs L Butters, Sherwood Downs, Fairlie
Relationship: Mother
Nominal Roll: 1 Apr 1944 - 31 Dec 1944

Robert Allan Cartwright
Embarkation: 1942
Army Number: 283494
Pte NZOC
Single
Place of enrollment: Timaru
Last Residence: Fairlie
Occupation: Farm labourer
Last Residence: Mackenzie St., Fairlie
Relative Name: Mrs E M Cartwright, Mackenzie St., Fairlie
Relationship: Mother
Nominal Roll: 1 Jul 1942 - 31 Dec 1942

Joseph Casey
Embarkation: 1940
Army Number: 22428
Gnr. 4 Fd. Regt.
Single
Place of registration: Timaru
Occupation: Shepherd
Last Residence: Clayton Station, Fairlie
Relative Name: Miss D Casey, 4 Chalmers St. Timaru
Relationship: Sister

Name: Harold Gilbert Caswell
Embarkation: 1944
Army Number: 142066
Pte Inf. Reinfs.
Place of enlistment: Timaru
occupation: Farm hand
Last Residence: Sherwood Downs, Fairlie
Relative Name: Mrs E Caswell, 28 Peel St., Geraldine
Relationship: Mother
Nominal Roll: 1 Jan 1944 - 31 Mar 1944

Richard Douglas Cordes
Embarkation: 1942
Army Number: 283160
Pte. Inf. Reinfs.
Place of enrollment: Timaru
Single
Last Residence: P.O. Box 85, Fairlie
Relative Name: Mrs E Cordes, P.O. Box 85, Fairlie
Relationship: Mother
Nominal Roll: 1 Jul 1942 - 31 Dec 1942

Alison Campbell Ewart
Embarkation: 1943
Army Number: 406352
Gnr. NZA
Single
Place of enrollment: Timaru
Occupation: Farm worker
Last Residence: 28 Le Crens Tce, Timaru
Relative Name: Mrs A Ewart, Sherwood Downs, Fairlie
Relationship: Mother
Nominal Roll: 1 Apr 1943 - 30 Jun 1943

Charles Anthony Gallagher
Embarkation: 1940-1941
Army Number: 27573
Spr 16 Ry. Op. Coy
Single
Place of enrollment: Timaru
occupation: Electric line erector
Last Residence: Sherwood Downs RD, Fairlie
Relative Name: Mrs Dorothy Sarah Gallagher, Sherwood Downs, Fairlie
Relationship: Mother
Nominal Roll: 1 Jul 1940 - 31 Mar 1941

David Lundie
Embarkation: 1944
Army Number: 039800
Dvr. 2 Div. ASC
Married
Place of enlistment: Timaru
Occupation: Farmer
Last Residence: Fairlie, New Zealand
Relative Name: Mrs A E Lundie, Sherwood Downs, Fairlie
Relationship: Wife
Nominal Roll: 1 Jan 1944 - 31 Mar 1944

Andrew George Mackie
Embarkation: 1945
Army Number: 440472
Pte. Inf. Reinfs.
Single
Place of enlistment; Timaru
Occupation: Jnr. porter NZR
Last Residence: 14 Theodocia St., Timaru
Relative Name: Mr G S Mackie, c/o R.G. Celland, Sutherlands, Pleasant Point
Relationship: Father
Nominal Roll: 1 Jan 1945 - 31 Dec 1945

James Roderick McConnell
Embarkation: 1943
Army Number: 283400
Pte. Inf. Bde
Single
Place of enrollment: Timaru
Occupation: Farm hand
Last Residence: Fairlie, New Zealand
Relative Name: Mrs McConnell, Allandale
Relationship: Mother
Nominal Roll: 1 Apr 1943 - 30 Jun 1943
Huestan Alexander Munro
Embarkation: 1941
Army Number: 18560
Pte Inf. Bde.
Single
Place of enrollment: Timaru
Occupation: Farmer, Fairlie
Last Residence: Fairlie
Relative Name: Mr H Munro
Relationship: Father
Nominal Roll: 1 Jul 1941 - 30 Sep 1941

Ellen Jessie Scott
Embarkation: 1941
Army Number: 15237
Occupation S/Nurse N.Z.A.N.S.
Single
Registered Nurse
Last Residence: Obstetric Hospital, Willis St., Wellington
Relative Name: Mrs E Scott Sherwood Downs, Fairlie
Relationship: Mother
Nominal Roll: 1 Apr 1941 - 30 Jun 1941

George Morley Siegert
Embarkation: 1942
Army Number: 73520
Spr. 2 Div. NZE
Single
Place of enlistment Timaru
Occupation: Postman
Post Office: Fairlie
Last Residence: Fairlie
Relative Name: Mrs J Siegert, Post Office, Fairlie
Relationship: Mother
Nominal Roll: 1 Apr 1942 - 30 Jun 1942

Vincent Gabriel Symes
Embarkation: 1940
Army Number: 23420
Spr 11 Fd. coy
Single
Place of enlistment: Greymouth
Occupation: Tramlayer
Last Residence: Totara Flat, South Island, NZ
Relative Name: Mrs Grace Montgomery Symes, Fairlie
Relationship: Mother
Nominal Roll: 1 Apr 1940 - 30 Jun 1940

Kenneth Dunbar Tovey
Embarkation: 1943
Army Number: 473979
Gnr. NZA
Married
Occupation: Farmer, Ashwick Flat, Fairlie
Last Residence: Fairlie, New Zealand
Relative Name: Mrs M Tovey, 18 Eton St, Ashburton (w)
Relationship: Wife
Nominal Roll: 1 Jul 1943 - 31 Dec 1943

Bernard Wareing
Embarkation: 1942
Army Number: 50682
Pte H.Q. 14 Bde
Single
Place of enrollment: Timaru
Occupation: Farm labourer
Last Residence: Allandale, Fairlie
Relative Name: Mrs E M Wareing, Marchwood, Fairlie
Relationship: Mother
Nominal Roll: 1 Jan 1942 - 31 Mar 1942

George Keith Wareing
Embarkation: 1942
Army Number: 81582
Cpl. H.Q. 14 Bde
Single
Place of enrollment: Ashburton
Occupation: Truck driver, c/o British Pavements Ltd, Ashburton
Last Residence: Ashburton, New Zealand
Relative Name: Mrs E M Wareing, Marchwood, Fairlie
Relationship: Mother
Nominal Roll: 1 Jul 1942 - 31 Dec 1942

 

Timaru Herald 15 May 1919 Page 6
In the report of the meeting of the Ashwick Flat Patriotic Committee yesterday, the name of Private Alex. Farquhar was mentioned among those who had given their lives. This should have read Second-Lieutenant Allan Farquhar, M.C. Private Alex Farquhar recently returned from the front. Second-Lieutenant Allan Farquhar left with the Main Body, participated in the landing at Gallipoli, and was one of the rearguard at the evacuation. From there he went to France winning his commission ill the field, and was later awarded the Military Cross, and was to be recommended for a bar to the Cross, but before this could, be given effect to he met his death, whilst, leading a party of volunteers against a strongly held machine-gun position. In his death the district of Fairlie lost one of the bravest and most unassuming boys who ever left the district.

From Archways

One of two WWI 'Returned' tablets on the Ashwick Monument.
Two mysteries.
Rfl. Ronald George BAIN.
Rfl. Walter ELLIS
L/Cpl. Robert James HARVEY
Cpl. John Patrick O'DOWD
J. WRIGHT - unable to match with NZ records
Pte. Charles Henry HOLLAND
Rfl. Robert William Walter John SADLER (also on Te Ngawai)
D. HARVEY - unable to match with NZ records
Pte. Richard O'BRIEN
Tpr. John Joseph 'BROSNAN
Tpr. Alfred George CAPILL
Pte. William COLL
Rfl. George T. MORAN
Rfl. Vincent Gabriel SYMES

The second WWI 'Returned' tablet on the Ashwick Monument;
Tpr. Joseph Butters 7/679 8th SCMR
Gnr. Thomas Henry Harvey 2/1836 NZ Field Artillery
Tpr. Christmas Jones 7/1085 8th SCMR
Pte. Roy Murray Rapley 8/2792 Otago Infantry
Tpr. Christopher Howes 7/ 1247 8th SCMR
Tpr. Ambrose Martin Cotterell 7/1603 8th SCMR
Tpr. Joseph Richard Cotterell 7/1604 8th SCMR
Rfl. Harold Charles Bray 26/1087 4 Batt. AP Signallers
Rfl. James Coll 25/961 C Coy 3 Batt. NZ Rifle Brigade
Rfl. Alexander Farquhar 24/1981 F Coy 2 Batt. NZ Rifle Brigade
Sgt. John Joseph Patrick Dore 25/1705 G Coy 3 Batt. NZ Rifle Brig.
Sgt. Walter Allan 22625 E Coy 1 Batt NZ Rifle Brigade
Pte. Alexander Allan 24122 2nd SCIR
Rfl. William Stewart McKenzie 21869 G Coy 3 Batt NZ Rifle Brig.
Tpr. James O'Neill 7/2409 8th SCMR.

BUTTERS, Joseph - WW1 5/679a - Army
Last employer Joseph Butters Snr, Sherwood Downs
Born at Oamaru 29 April 1894. Presbyterian
Belonged to 8th MR before enlistment.
Medical exam 9th Oct. 1914. Examined at Wellington. Right ear, slight deafness. Teeth bad. 160lbs
Regiment NZASC. Rank: Driver
Enlisted 11th Oct. 1914 Wellington.
Description on enlistment" age 10 and 6 months. 5ft 8.5". Complexion" Dark. Eyes hazel. Hair dark.
Service aboard 4 years and 152 days.
1 Jan. 1919 Embarked for NZ per S.S. Hororata.
Discharged 13th April 1919
Died Waimate 18 Oct. 1962.
NOK: Mrs B. Hallum, 18 Studholme St., Waimate

 

It turns out Joe had saddled up father Joe's horse, at Sherwood Downs, Fairlie and rode it to Christchurch, where, unbeknown to his father, he sold the horse and caught the ferry to Wellington, where he enlisted in the NZEF.

COLL, William - WW1 68574 - Army
Born at Temuka 24 Aug. 1897.
First child to attend Allandale School, Reg. No. 1. Father James COLL.
Religion: RC
Enlisted at age 20 and 2 months
hair brown. 5ft 11
1st Batn. Auckland Regt.
Occupation: Farm hand
Last employer: Dick & Allan, Fairlie
NOK: Mrs Catherine Coll (mother), Allandale, Fairlie
Rank: Private
In NZ 119 days.
F Coy. 33rd Reg.
Overseas 1 year and 88 days.
Embarked 31 Dec. 1917 from Glasgow HMNZT 99
Disembarked at Glasgow 25 Feb. 1918
Marched into Sling 13 March 1918
Proceeded overseas 15 May 1918
Joined Battn 19 May 1918
Wounded in France 1 Oct. 1918
Admitted 3 Aus, G.H. (S.W. R. Knee) 4 Oct. 1918
S. Afr. Hosp. Richmond, Surrey 11 Oct. 1918
Transferred to Walton 7 Nov. 1918
To Hornchurch 25 Nov. 1918
To Codford 28 Dec. 1918
7 Feb. 1919 Embarked for NZ from Liverpool
Discharged 25 April 1919
Died 9 May 1969 Waitati (on the shores of Blueskin Bay, 17 miles north from Dunedin)

MORAN, George - WW1 72186 - Army
Last address; Sherwood Downs, Fairlie
Religion: RC
NOK: Thomas Moran (brother) Lauder, Central Otago.
Occupation: Farmer
Employer: Self.
3rd Bn 3rd NZRB. A Coy, 37th Reinforcements.
Rank" Rifleman
Enlisted 14 Sept. 1917 at Timaru
In NZ 122 days.
Overseas 266 days
Date commenced duty: 4 Feb. 1918
Discharged 26 Feb. 1919 No longer physically fit for duty myalgia
Embarked "Maunganui" from Wellington 9 May 1918
Disembarked Liverpool 24 June 1918
Marched in RB, Brodon? 24 May 1918
left for France 21 Sept. 1918
marched into camp at Etaples 23 Sept. 1918
24 Dec. 1918 Embarked for Plymouth 24 Dec. 1918
Discharged at age 43 and 9 months. 5ft 11 in. Hair fair. Blue eyes. Weight 179lbs.
Place of birth: Drybread, NZ. [ Otago. An old mining township, 127 miles north west from Dunedin. Rail to Lauder.]
Father: Daniel Moran born Ireland. Father deceased.
Mother Lucy Moran born Ireland. Mother 50 years in NZ.

George Moran was a cousin to Gerald Gallagher. Their names came up in the ballot (Sherwood Downs) for section 2,450 acres, at the top of Butlers Rd, on the right hand side. George and Gerald camped under canvas for the first six months. The ballot was March 12th. So they camped out during winter at 1,700ft. a feat of endurance and resourcefulness wrote Connie Rayne in Sherwood Downs and Beyond, pg 83.

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