Eastern Courier : November 27th 2015
Housing policy slammed P5 Sports photo winner P9 Friday, November 27, 2015 YOUR PLACE, YOUR PAPER Call to honour war heroes JARRED WILLIAMSON firstname.lastname@example.org Alan La Roche believes there are 11 names missing from the Stockade Hill War Memorial. The Howick historian claims research lead him to discover the men had never been recognised after their service in World War I. The men returned with war wounds, suffered from diseases caught while serving or were affected by poisonous gas inhalation. ‘‘I was giving talks around the area around the time of the World War I centenary and while researching I found these men who hadn’t been recognised,’’ La Roche says. ‘‘I was shocked....they may not have died on the battlefield, but their wounds caused them discomfort and in some cases contributed to their deaths. Their service should be marked.’’ All 11 names have some his- torical connection to the area. And many still have relatives in East Auckland today. La Roche says he has discussed the issue with some of the families, who wanted something done. He says there is space of the war memorial for extra names. But if that wouldn’t work, something could be done at Howick’s other war memorial – The Howick Information Centre. He has been in contact with Auckland Council, but La Roche says he was directed to Howick Local Board on the issue and vice versa. According to an Auckland Council spokesperson, while council looks after the surrounding park on Stockade Hill, it’s the local Returned and Services Association’s responsibility for the names on the memorial. Howick RSA historian Leo Abbott says the claim is worth researching. ‘‘It’s certainly sparkedmycuri- osity. I knew Alan was working on something like this, but I haven’t seen the names yet.’’ Howick RSA’s Leo Abbott. ‘‘Iwas shocked....they may not have died on the battlefield, but their wounds caused them discomfort and in some cases contributed to their deaths. ’’ Alan La Roche ‘‘The problem is with record keepings in those days...it’s hard to know what the selection criteria was or who decided on the names,’’ he says. Abbott says the original cri- teria will need to be found in the archives. It was also important to remember it involved many East Aucklanders’ ancestors and it will need to be done sensitively, he says. Abbott says he will research the list of 11 names to see whether they could be included, adding he was open to the idea. ‘‘Alan’s very good at researching the local side and obviously I have access to the military side of things with service records,’’ he says. MOREONLINE Go to easterncourier.co.nz to see Alan La Roche explain his research. Historian Alan La Roche says there is space to recognise the 11 men he says should included on Stockade Hill. PHOTOS: JARREDWILLIAMSON/FAIRFAX NZ M S a y 6839726AA www.communitynewspapers.co.nz and you can read all Keeping our local communities connected.
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