Honouring two graves of soldiers who sacrificed their lives in World War One and who have just been added to the National Roll of Honour and to Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) records is on the agenda for Commission Director General, Mrs Victoria Wallace when she visits New Zealand.
“We are privileged to have Mrs Wallace in New Zealand to give her the opportunity to see some of the Commonwealth graves and memorials so she can appreciate the extent of sacrifice made by New Zealanders during the First and Second World Wars,” Sarah Ingram, Heritage Services Branch Manager, Ministry for Culture and Heritage said.
“During her whirlwind four-day trip to this country which begins on Saturday Mrs Wallace, the first woman to lead the Commission, will visit war graves and sites of commemoration in Christchurch, Nelson, Wellington, the Wairarapa and Auckland.
“Beginning in Christchurch at the Linwood Cemetery Mrs Wallace will see first-hand the damage caused by the Canterbury earthquakes and the repairs to war graves which have taken place since then.
“In the Nelson region on Saturday Mrs Wallace will meet RSA representatives and New Zealand Forces Cadets at the Wakapuaka Cemetery.
Victoria Wallace with representatives from the Ministry and the National War Memorial Advisory Council.
“The National War Memorial in Buckle Street, the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior and an overview of the new Pukeahu War Memorial Park are on the itinerary in Wellington on Monday. From here Mrs Wallace travels to the Wairarapa. At the Masterton Cemetery she will unveil a plaque on Private David Falconer’s restored grave, one of six new additions to the Roll of Honour and CWGC records, and see some of the 23 war graves in the cemetery.
“During her final day in Auckland on Tuesday Mrs Wallace will go to Waikumete Cemetery where she will lay wreaths at the Cenotaph and at Private Robert Hislop’s grave, another of the six new additions to the Roll of Honour and CWGC list and the first New Zealand casualty of World War One. A visit to the Auckland War Memorial Museum, Cenotaph and Domain in the afternoon concludes her trip to New Zealand,” Sarah Ingram said.
Mrs Wallace’s stay in New Zealand has been organised by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, the New Zealand agent of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, responsible for 3,479 war graves in New Zealand of people who served in the First or Second World Wars and died within New Zealand during wartime, or shortly afterwards, from war related causes.
For further information about the Commission please check the Commonwealth War Graves Commission official site and background information on Mrs Wallace is available in a press release about her appointment.
Mrs Wallace’s itinerary follows.
Visit of Commonwealth War Graves Commission Director General
Mrs Victoria Wallace to New Zealand
Friday 28 November to Monday 2 December
Mrs Victoria Wallace is the first woman to lead the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. On her brief stay in New Zealand Mrs Wallace will take the opportunity to visit Commonwealth war graves of the First and Second World Wars in Christchurch, Nelson, the Wairarapa and Auckland.
Mrs Wallace will also visit the National War Memorial in Buckle Street, Wellington and the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior.
Media are invited to attend the following commemoration events and visits:
Saturday 29 November
10.00am – Linwood Cemetery Christchurch, to see the d damage caused by the Canterbury earthquakes and the repairs to war graves which have taken place since then. Mrs Wallace will be accompanied by Dr David Butts and Margaret Marks, Heritage Operations, Manatu Taonga,
Ministry for Culture and Heritage; Sally Miller, Christchurch City Council Cemeteries Administrator; Chief Sexton Ian Newton; and representatives of the Friends of Linwood Cemetery.
Noon– Lyttelton Cemetery to meet with Bob Aitken, Lyttelton Returned Services Association (RSA)
NB: During the day Mrs Wallace will also visit other cemeteries in Christchurch and the surrounding area.
Sunday 30 December
9.00am – Wakapuaka cemetery, Nelson, and meet with RSA representatives and New Zealand Forces Cadets
Followed by visits to Stoke Cemetery, Richmond Cemetery, Appleby Cemetery and Brightwater Cemetery.
Monday 1 December
8.45am – National War Memorial, Buckle Street, meet Ministry for Culture and Heritage Chief Executive Lewis Holden and given a short tour of the memorial and view the new Memorial Park.
11.00am – Masterton Cemetery (Archer Street) unveiling of a new plaque on Private David Falconer’s restored grave (one of six new additions to the Roll of Honour and CWGC records) and see some of the 23 war graves; Masterton District Council Mayor Lyn Patterson and RSA representatives attending
1.00pm – Greytown Cemetery and meet with RSA representatives
1.30pm – Featherston Cemetery to view Cross of Sacrifice and meet RSA representatives.
Tuesday 2 December
11.00am – Auckland (Waikumete) Cemetery and Auckland Provincial Memorial for wreath laying ceremonies and visit to Private Robert Hislop’s grave – another of the six new additions to the Roll of Honour and CWGC and the first New Zealand casualty of World War One; meet Auckland City Council staff, RNZRSA representatives and cadets
1.30pm – lunch at Devonport Naval Museum followed by tour of museum
4.00pm – Auckland War Memorial Museum, Cenotaph and Domain.
Inquiries contact: Christine Seymour phone (04) 496 6176 or 021 596 726
For itinerary details during the visit contact: Margaret Marks, Senior Advisor Heritage Operations, Ministry for Culture and Heritage, phone 021 451 333.
Updated on 23rd July 2015