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At last night's meeting of the Sumner Borough Council the ,Mayor made, a statement in connexion with the Sumner -war memorial. He explained that some time ago a committee had been Bet up to deal with the, erection of a war memorial. The Council had been, approached to see what it w.ould do in. the matter. At that time, however, the proposed memorial was not one of a utility kind, and the Council was prepared to subsidise a certain amount. No great enthusiasm-for/ a war memorial had been dhown by the residents. Tlvis was probably becauso many residents went to the city each day, and were interested in the city memorial, white others, were affected by the present financial stringency. Ho raised this matter in Council because of thq small attendance of residents at a public meeting. He now suggested that the Council should take the matter up and obtain the names of all who went away from the borough, and have them recorded and kept in the Council's records. He further suggested that the Council would do a fitting tiling to hove a memorial for the SO wlio had left the borough and laid down their lives for the country's cause He suggested that the memorial should take the form of a plain polished granite slab let in the main corner of the Council building, and on this should be engraved only the names of those who had laid down their lives. The whole work could be» done in a creditable manner for about £IOO. This stone would be lasting, and would not only commemorate tlhe war, but would also"perpetuate the name,; of those who did not return, then there would be no "danger of the boys being forgotten. Even if the residents did not subscribe, he did not thins the ratepayers would grudge the Council) spending ■siulh a sum. He then asked ths councillors to express their opinion. , , , Cr. Whitfield strongly supported the proposal "which he stated was a sound and reasonable one. Cr. Black endorsed the suggestions, and stated that the War Memorial Committeo had done all *nat was possible, and it was now up to the Council to do the work. He moved: "That the Council erect a memorial' as suggested, and any voluntary subscriptions be accepted." TluVwas seconded by Cr. Whitfield. Cr. Hamilton supported the motion, but stated that the amount should not be paid for out of-rates. Cr. Holden supported the motion, and. stated that he was not in favouri of asking people to give. A list should be placed in tlhe Council Chambers, and he was certain that the £IOO would be voluntarily subscribed. Crs. Roswell, Jones, and Jamieeon supported the motion. The motion was then put and earned unanimously. . , ~ Crs. Jamieson, Black, and the -Mayor were appointed a committee to go into tb,e matter and fix the details.

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Press, Press, Volume LVII, Issue 17297, 8 November 1921

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SUMNER WAR MEMORIAL. Press, Volume LVII, Issue 17297, 8 November 1921