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Lest We Forget...

Updated: Nov 21, 2022

Ashburton remembers those affected by conflict


Today's service of remembrance was one of my final official duties as the 1201st Portreeve of Ashburton. I've attended, or been a part of, the remembrance service for many years and the same two things strike me each year.


The missing names bring home the devastation of the Great War to our community

The number of people who come to honour our servicemen and women. This year we had a noticeably larger crowd than previously. That may have been partly down to the fact that the pandemic prevented people from attending over the last couple of years, but whatever the reason - there was a sizeable crowd and lots of wreaths laid in memory of those who served in the two world wars.


The names of the fallen - so many well known local names are read out during the service, many of those family names are still in the town today. It's also sad to contrast the list of those who lost their lives in the first world war, with the list for the second world war. The second list is much shorter and several family names are missing which brings home the devastation of the Great War.


This year's service was particularly poignant as we were reminded of the conflict that has been waged in Ukraine and devastated so many families on both sides of the conflict - and which has brought families fleeing the conflict into our own community.


Ashburton is a fantastic community that proudly honours those local families that have given so much in past conflicts and supports those that are affected by the current conflict.


Names of those who died in the Great War (1914 - 1918)

Sidney BAKER

Jubel BARTLETT

Gerald BEVERIDGE

Dan BOWDEN

David BOWDEN

George BRAY

John BRAY

George CAREW

John CAUNTER

Richard CAUNTER

Simon CHISLATT

William COLLINS

Bertram COWLS

John COWLS

William CROSSMAN

Alfred EALES

John EAST

Wilfred EVANS

Basil FERRIS

Ernest FEZZEY

Daniel GERMAN

John GERMAN

Reginald GIBBS

Frederick GILBERT

William HANNAFORD

Samuel HARDING

​Edgar PITTS

Walter HARRIS

John HATCH

Archibald HEARD

Sydney HEALES

Herbert HEXT

Herbert HONEYWILL

Frederick HOWIS

William LAMBELL

Charles LEAMAN

Leslie LOMAX

Joseph LOWREY

James MACDOWELL

Edwin MANN

Charles MARTIN

Richard MILTON

Frank WARREN

Frederick MOORE

Thomas MUGFORD

John MURCH

Albert NORTHWAY

James NORTHWAY

William PARNELL

Edward POMROY

Ernest POOLMAN

John ROSEWARNE

Frederick ROUTLEDGE

Arthur ROWLAND

Richard SPEAR

William STEVENS

Robert STONE

Geoffrey TOZER

John TOZER

Thomas TOZER

Andrew TRUSCOT

Alan TUCKER

Henry VAUGHAN

Thomas VEALE

William WARREN

John WHIDDON

William WHIDDON

Louis WHITE

John WOTTON

William WOTTON

John PEACOCK


Names of those who died in the Second World War (1939 - 1945)

James BARNETT

Cyril BRENNEN

Patrick CONROY

Pamela COOLE

Leonard DANN

Peter HAMM

Leonard HARVEY

Ronald HEAD

William IBBOTSON

Henry KNOWLES

Ernest LOWREY

Philip NORRIS

E. PAT ELLIS

Thomas PASCOE

Frederick POMERY

Edward PLUMMER

Ernest RUSSELL

Leslie THORNE

Harold TUBBY

Neil WHITLEY

Peter WHITLEY


Names of those who died in the two world wars
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