War Memorial Database
The Southland War Memorials' Database was compiled with funding support from the Southland Rural Heritage Trust and the Lottery Grants Board (Department of Internal Affairs). The database brings together information on more than 400 war memorials and honour boards across Southland, representing the first comprehensive regional listing of war memorials and war dead.
Links will also be provided to entries on each soldier on the Kia Mate Toa Southland Soldiers' Database, the Auckland War Memorial Museum's Cenotaph Database and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's website.
Southland Soldier Database
The Soldiers' Database currently lists the officers, non-commissioned officers and men who volunteered for service with the 8th Southland Company in August 1914. The database represents the culmination of some seventy years of data collection and collation by the Kia Mate Toa Fight Unto Death project team.
It is planned to expand the database to include all Southland soldiers who served at Gallipoli in 1915. A future development of the database will include listing all Southlanders who enlisted in 1916, 1917 and 1918, and incorporate information on the Southland dead from memorials and honour boards across the region.
The database will also enable local communities to discover the identities and stories behind the names on their local memorials. Each entry includes (where available) a photograph of the soldier, a profile and service history, and a PDF copy of their personal file. There will be links to images and information on other websites such as the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's, the Auckland War Memorial Museum's Cenotaph Database and Archives New Zealand.
The information in this database is compiled from military personnel files, embarkation rolls, casualty lists and the war diaries of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, published casualty photographs and the two surviving 1915 Roll Books for the 8th Southland Infantry Company.
Access the Southland Soldier Database here