Military Monday: World War One memorials in Symonds St Cemetery

Although Symonds Street Cemetery was closed to new burial plots in 1886, people continued to be buried there if they had family already there right up until 1950s - from the end of 1909, they had the added requirement of needing to also be over 50 years of age.
  
Private William Parker, Heritage Images: Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 31-P2442
Full length portrait of Private William Parker, Reg No 38740,
of the Auckland Infantry Regiment,
22nd Reinforcements, - E Company.
Killed in action in France on 4th October 1917
at the Battle of Passchendaele.

Heritage Images: 'Sir George Grey Special Collections,
Auckland Libraries, 31-P2442'  
 

However, there are 11 names associated with World War One noted in the Cemetery. Memorials were erected for soldiers lost in action. These are:
  • Sapper Walter Edwin Clarke (4/516) who was killed in action on Gallipoli on 7 August 1915.
  • Sapper Alfred Ernest Drummond (12/2687) who was killed in action in France on 4 October 1917.
  • Private Walter Drummond (12/3307) who was killed in action in France on 26 September 1916.
  • Private Thomas William Hobson (12/3681) who was killed in action in France on 7 July 1916.
  • Corporal Leonard Ivy Joseph McCarthy (24663) who was killed in action in France on 17 February 1918.
  • Private Ernest Wieland Monk of the Royal Fusiliers who died in France on 12 March 1916.
  • Lance Corporal Charles Stanley Nicholson (23/535) who was killed in action in France on 15 September 1916.
  • Corporal Edward John Parker (2/2896) who was killed in action in France on 26 September 1918.
  • Private William Parker (38740) who was killed in action in France on 4 October 1917.
  • Rifleman Stanley William Rowe (26690) who was killed in action in France on 12 June 1917.
  • Wesley Neal Spragg, Royal Flying Corps, who was killed in action in Egypt on 1 January 1918.

David Verran

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