Collection of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 2015.28.2
Gift of Mary, William, Kenneth and Bruce Grant
Memorial Plaque commemorating the death of 10/463 Private William Waihora McNeil, 8 August 1915.
Privates Sutherland and Waihora McNeil were brothers and members of the McNeil family, one of the oldest settler families in Otago. Their grandfather James McNeil arrived from Scotland in 1849 on board the “Mooltan.”
8/422 Private Sutherland Sinclair McNeil (known as “Sus”), born /08/93, worked as a tram conductor before he signed up. Sus died on 14 May 1915, at the 17th General Hospital, Alexandria of a severe gunshot wound to the thigh sustained at Gallipoli on 9 May 1915.
10/463 Private William Waihora McNeil (known as “Waihora” and nicknamed “Scotty”), born 17/08/95, was a seaman prior to the outbreak of war. He served on the New Zealand training ship “Amokura”, and later on the ferry steamer “Maori”. Waihora was killed in action on 8 August 1915, on Chunuk Bair:
“West Coast Company on the left, and Hawkes Bay on the right were to lead the advance, supported by Taranaki right and Ruahine left…
“Into the welter of the 8th August, the 5th Reinforcements had been plunged. Not many of them survived. The Regiment was but a shattered remnant now as it bivouacked on the side of Cheshire Ridge. Including the additions from the 5th Reinforcements, West Coast Company numbered only 51 instead of its full strength of 227. Other companies were in similar plight.”
28 July 1914 – 11 November 1918
8 August 1915
8 August 1915
0 - Whole diameter : 120mm
Nomenclature 3.0 for Museum Cataloging (Primary Title)
Robert G. Chenhall's System for Classifying Man-Made Objects (Other Title) Robert Chenhall
Nashville/Tennessee/USA (Place of Publication)
30 June 2015
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