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St Nicholas Churchyard, Brockenhurst, New Forest District, Hampshire, England

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  • Cenotaph.
    Pte. Potene Tuhoro (1898 - 1917)
    Raniera Kawhia and Heni Kawhia lived at Rangitukia on the East Cape in New Zealand's North Island. They lost two sons in World War I, and they named their next two sons in honour of the two they had lo...
  • Auckland Weekly News 1916.
    Gnr. Christopher Roy Tait (1895 - 1916)
    Christopher Roy Tait was the son of John Tait and Lavinia Tait (nee Chandler) who married in Masterton on 31 May 1887. Gunner in NZFA, file number 2/2557. He was wounded in France, and transported to E...

Due to its proximity to the port of Southampton, its railway connections and an abundance of large houses in the area, Brockenhurst was chosen in 1915 by the War Office to become a hospital centre. Initially, Lady Hardinge's Hospital (named after the wife of the Viceroy of India) for the Indian troops of the Lahore and Meerut Divisions was established south of the village. This was then replaced by No.1 New Zealand General Hospital in June 1916, after the Indian Divisions were replaced by ANZAC troops. The New Zealand Hospital remained at Brockenhurst until closed early in 1919.

The churchyard contains 106 graves of the First War, of which one hundred are in the New Zealand plot. In addition to the 93 New Zealand graves, there are also three Indian and three unidentified Belgian civilians (employed at the Sopley Forestry camp).

On the East side of the New Zealand plot is memorial incorporating a Cross.

Source: New Zealand War Graves Project