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Armistice Day 1918-2008 Waitakere remembers World War One through local photographs & oral history Ka maumahara tonu tatou ki a ratou - We will remember.

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1 Armistice Day Waitakere remembers World War One through local photographs & oral history Ka maumahara tonu tatou ki a ratou - We will remember them

2 Featuring archival material from the J.T. Diamond Collection Hodge-Bishop Collection Local History Services Waitakere Library & Information Services Life in Waitakere after World War One

3 “Titirangi in 1914 was a small place and when the First World War came every young man, and older men e.g. Colonel Abbott and Dr Savage, answered the call. After the end of the War the people of Titirangi were looking for a suitable memorial to honour those who had made the supreme sacrifice. After much thought the people liked the idea of Mrs John J. Bishop to build a church to honour the fallen of the district. The church of course had to be undenominational because those who fell in the War were not of one denomination.” Essie Hodge née Bishop’s recollections of World War One

4 Garden fete to raise money for the Soldiers Memorial Church, Titirangi

5 Essie remembers the garden fete The fair held in the grounds of the Bishop homestead, Dunvegan, was a huge success. The whole district helped to “build a memorial to the memory of those who left from Titirangi and gave their lives in World War One. It was the first church in Titirangi …”

6 “The fete was opened by Lady Parr, wife of Sir James Parr, Mayor of Auckland. Afternoon tea with all the food home-made was served on the verandas which stretched around two sides of the house. Titirangi Soldiers’ Memorial Church

7 “There was a rifle range looked after by Len Armstrong who was decorated for bravery at Gallipoli. There were coconut shies. A pond was formed in strong canvas upon which decoy ducks swam. Another good money spinner was the lily pond large enough to float a small dinghy from which Miss Louie Hawkins (later Mrs Bob Barker ) dressed as Dolly Varden sold the many coloured water lilies.”

8 Soldiers Memorial Church Titirangi 1969 J.T. Diamond Collection JTD10 _ 3992_ N

9 World War One Victoria Cross Medal Recipients from Titirangi  John (Jack) Gildroy Grant   Reginald Judson   James Crichton For more information and photographs of these men see the window display in the J.T. Diamond Reading Room, Waitakere Central Library.

10 Will Bishop was killed in action aged 21 in France during World War One. John Joseph, son of John Joseph & Emily Bishop was killed in action aged 24. Clarry Tarlin was taken prisoner and later executed for refusing to perform the German salute. Will Bishop behind teacher. Clarry Tarlin: front row, 4th from left. Avondale School 1908

11 Unveiling the memorial on Lion Rock, Piha 1920 JTD _ N

12 Piha Memorial Plaque 1920 JTD O N

13 On 7 November 1919, King George V issued a proclamation that called for a two minute silence “All locomotion should cease, so that, in perfect stillness, the thoughts of everyone may be concentrated in reverent remembrance of the glorious dead.” NZ Army Ngati Tumatauenga Two Minute Silence

14 A small rose can be worn on Army uniforms on Armistice Day, in a similar manner to which poppies are worn on ANZAC Day. NZ Army Ngati Tumatauenga The Peace rose

15 Ka maumahara tonu tatou ki a ratou We will remember them Remembrance rose


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