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THE MARSHLAND MEMORIAL.

UNVEILING CEREMONY. Residents of Marshland decided, some time ego, that a fitting memorial to the men, from their district who had given their lives in the Great "War would be an appropriate Trail and gates in front of the Marshland public haLl, Marshland road. These were accordingly construsted, the memorial tablets on them being officially unveiled and the gates opened yesterday afternoon beforo a large attendance of residents. The walla and gate pillars are constructed of St. Martins btane, capped with red stone, a white marble memorial tablet being let in on the face of each of the two massive main gate pillars. The gates themselves are of iron, copper shields being in evidence on either side. The inscription on the tablets is as follows: — "Erected by the residents of Marshland in memorv of our soldiers who fell in the Great War, 1914-1918." Then follow tho names of the men who made the supreme sacrifice: —M. Brown. W. Bussell, D. Bussell, It. G. Cox, G. Chidgey, E. 3>ass, A. I. Bobby, O. Delamain, H. Dempsey, 8.. EUemere, W. Faulls, H. Head, A. J. James, W. Jackson, I>. Martin, D. O'Callaghnn* and G. Stanbridge. The chairman of the_ Memorial Committee, Mr W. J. "Walter, who presided, stated that those present were there that afternoon to honour the memory of the men who had fallen during tho war. The majority of them had been well known in the district and had taken a keen interest in tho various activities of the locality. It did not require any memorial to keep their memory fresh with thcee of 4-the present generation, but' the memorial would tend to remind thoso who came after of tho sacrifice which had been paid by the men whose names were inscribed on the tablets. The reason for the dehiy in the erection of tlie memorial was the diversity of opinion about tho form which the memorial should take, but at length the present structure had been definitely decided upon and a sum of £IBO had been raised towards the cost of its construction. The gates themselves had coot £57 10s, and the memorial tablets and walls- £122 10s, making a total of £179 10s. Mr Walter stated that later it was proposed) to have a light placed opposite the gates so that thev would be thrown into relief at night time. On behalf of tho committee lie wished to convey to Sir W. H. Winsor, the contractor for the stonework, and Mr W. Dann, who hud mado the gates, the residents' appreciation of their services. Mr G. Cbisnall, chairman of tho Hall .Committee, stated that none of those, present was likely to forget the sacrifices of the men who had fought during the war, but they must also remember the trials and anxiety of tlieir wives and mothers. Mr D. Good, chairman, of the School Committee, said that he. like all other Malrshland residents, felt extremely proud that} tho effort to erect a suitable memorial had at last been accomplished. He drow attention to the erection of a continuous chain of memorials to tho men who had fallen in the war in tho surrounding districts, and stated that the Marshland memorial was yet another link m that oh a in. Ho wished to congratulate the committee on having carried out its work so successfully. Mr J. Seymour, chainnan -of the Waimairi County Council, also congratulated tho district on its memorial. They had sent their boys away in the glory of their manhood, ho said, and New 'Zealand soldiers had done their duty in a manner which .leftJ' nothing to bo desired. He felt- sure that, should there bo good cause today, those men who had fought during the recent war. would go just as g:adly ! now as they had dono then. Mr A. F. Lange, on "behalf of the Marshland Returned Soldiers' Association, thanked the people of the district for tho effort they had made on behalf of those who had made the snpreme sacrifice. The memorialwould not only keep fresh the memory of those who had fallen, but it would also tend to remind their children of the sacrifices which their fathers Had mado for them. . Tho Hon. IX Buddo, M.P., said that, ten years ago, this little country had scarcely even ' thought about defence. It hadi then, however, to answer tho call of Empire, and take its part in tlio performanoo of a great duty, a task which it had done well. The young men of Marshland had willingly answered tho call and had done their, duty well. Those who had remained behind couldi do a great deal for the men who had returned, he said, but the erection of a memorial was the only'way in which they could show their appreciation of thoso who had given their lives for their country. Ho detailed New Zealand's effort in tho recent war, and"" said that the present generation would never need to lie reniinded of tho doings of tlieir eoiintrympn on tho field of battle. Their record was indelibly written in the minds of the present generation, hut it was in the future that memorials such as tihat erected a.t Marshhmd would serve to. make those who followed on remember the men who had fallen. The Iteve. G. B. Nanson and F. T. Head also spoke. ■ Tho memorial tablets were then un- j veiled by Mesdaines G. Cox and M. ! Faulls. bandsman N. Haill sounding i "The Last Post." Tho Christchurch Municipal Band, under Conductor J. Noble, which had offered its services, played the hymn, tunes during the ceremony.

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THE MARSHLAND MEMORIAL., Press, Volume LXI, Issue 18284, 19 January 1925

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THE MARSHLAND MEMORIAL. Press, Volume LXI, Issue 18284, 19 January 1925

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