An oak plinth with the names of soldiers from the Warkworth district who served in World War I and II will be reinstated in the Warkworth Town Hall on October 12.
The ceremony will mark the 100th anniversary of the darkest day in New Zealand’s military history when 842 servicemen died at Passchendaele, including seven from the Warkworth area – Samuel Viall, 26, of Warkworth; William Becroft, 19, of Port Albert; William Haskell, 20, of Leigh; Arthur Llewell, 27, of Warkworth; Phillip Mcrae, 26, of Wellsford; Ernest Miller, 22, of Warkworth; Robert Warr, 26, of Whangarei. “The significance of the plinth returning to the town hall is that it was erected here when all the local servicemen signed up at the hall in 1914,” Warkworth RSA secretary/manager Robbie Blair says.
RSA president John Stephen, Anglican vicar Rev Ellen Bernstein and bugler Donna Flack will be present at the event, and members of the public are welcome to attend.
An official guest, yet to be confirmed, will unveil the octagonal monument at 11.30am.