The centenary of the start of WWI is near, and we are still looking for photos of the men listed on the Otautau War memorial for our display.
We've gotten a good response from the public so far and are very grateful as most of these men are not found in other sources such as the Auckland War Memorial database or newspapers.
Here is an updated list of photos that we still need. Serial numbers and where they were born are included for accuracy of identity.
Leonard Allen (27426) - an Australian who was living and working in Wairio when he enlisted for the war. He was killed in action 7 Jun 1917.
Joseph Beck Ayton (61169) - lived and worked in Aparima.
James Robert Ewen Beck (49323) - horse trainer in Winton; discharged with diabetes; died at Wairio.
William James Butler (18958) - worked in Merrivale; killed in action 14 Jun 1917.
William Clark - no information on him.
Albert Ernest Dove (9/693) - an Australian who was working in Orawia when he enlisted; died of wounds in 1918, France.
Peter Ellis (41078) - from Wairio; killed in action at Passchendaele.
George Richard Evans (64873) - from Otautau; killed in action 1918.
Albert Walter Findlater (47016) - blacksmith in Otautau; killed in action 1918.
Michael Henry Ford (9/816) - from Heddon Bush; discharged from war and died at Heddon Bush.
Robert Emmet Ford (18983) - blacksmith at Orawia; killed at Messines.
Sydney Ford (8/3900) - Otautau farmer; killed at Somme.
Oliver Daly Gavigan (48193) - Otautau farmer; died of wounds, 1918.
William Healey (11279) - labourer at Woodlaw; died of TB, 1918.
Peter Thomas Johnston (24/199) - from Avondale; killed at Passchendaele.
Francis Andrew Laidlaw (8/3938) - from Isla Bank; killed at the Somme, 1916.
John George Laidlaw (8/4159) - brother of Francis; died in France, 1917.
James Duncan Laing (32862) - from Dipton; killed in action, 1918.
Arthur David Lindsay (45102) - Strathmore, Otautau, farmer; died of influenza, Invercargill, 1918.
Joseph McAfee (42688) - from Otautau; died, 1918.
Douglas Victor McCaw (71042) - farm cadet, Otautau; died of disease, 1918.
Daniel McKenzie (8/1786) - from Scotland and worked in Otautau; killed in action, 1916.
John Morris (45538) - Australian working at Scotts Gap; died of wounds, 1917.
Donald Muir (8/1808) - Scot working at Linton Park, Otautau; died of wounds, 1917.
Patrick O'Shaughnessy (36882) - from Ireland, worked in Otautau; killed in action, 1917.
Ernest John Pay (8/3996) - Ryal Bush cheesemaker; killed in action at the Somme.
Albert Preswid Poole (8/2098) - from Isla Bank; killed in action, Belgium, 1917.
Edward Arthur Poole (39308) - from Isla Bank; killed at Passchendaele, 1916.
Walter James Powell (18939) - from Scotts Gap; died of wounds, 1917.
Arthur John Scott - no information.
Thomas Adam Stephens (8/1386) - Englishman working in Otautau at time of enlistment; wounded at Gallipoli; died of pneumonia.
Eugene Tangney (8/492) - worked at Pukewao; died of pneumonia, Egypt, 1915.
Edward Richard Thomas (9/350) - Otautau contractor; killed at Gallipoli, 1915.
Andrew Hannah Ward (33046) - from Thornbury; killed at Passchendaele, 1917.
If you have a photo of one of these men, please email us. Thanks!
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