Like many townships in NZ, Taradale has a strong heritage linked to all the historical milestones of this developing nation. It military history is typical of an early NZ town. The nearby Battle of Omarunui on 12th October 1866 saw the settlers and local maori join to defend an attack from the HauHau faction during the N.Z. Land Wars. The district volunteered its sons and daughters to fight in South Africa against the Boers, and again in World War 1, World War 2 and the subsequent engagements that NZ has committed to.
The purpose of this website it to commemorate those from the Taradale District that gave their lives and those that fought and returned. As part of a nationwide project of recording official war graves located in NZ and also the public memorials commemorating the servicemen and women, this site primarily details those who (1) Died whilst on active service overseas, (2) Died after discharge from wounds inflicted or disease contracted whilst on active service and are buried in the area, or (3) Died from accident occurring, or disease contracted whilst training or attached to the military in NZ. In addition, it records the names and related details of those remembered on local War Memorials.
The details have been collected from publications of the time such as the Roll Of Honour, Embarkation Rolls and local publications. Details from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, who are responsible for maintaining the official war graves (of which there are 4 in Taradale Cemetery and 1 at Waiohiki Maori Cemetery) are also acknowledged and included.