Anzac Commemoration in Linwood Cemetery 2013

photo of Linwood CemeteryFriends of Linwood Cemetery are holding a special Anzac Day commemoration of service personnel on Sunday 21 April from 11am to 12.30pm. This is the third year they have staged the ceremony.

Linwood Cemetery  is a public cemetery which is not designated as a Services Cemetery, but there are over 310 services personnel commemorated in it.  These heroic people have been largely forgotten in this once majestic green space and important heritage site which, in addition to years of neglect, suffered greatly in the February 2011 earthquake.  In the past  couple of years, members of the Friends of Linwood Cemetery have been photographing the graves of these personnel and have started to research each of their life stories.  These can be found on the Roll of Honour on the Trust’s website.

The Anzac Commemoration is now included in the Friends programme of regular events.

The commemoration programme runs as follows:

  • 10.45am Placing of temporary memorial near cemetery entrance, Butterfield Avenue by Trustees
  • 11am – Commemoration including the reading out of the Linwood Cemetery Roll of Honour
  • Last Post played by Kevin McMorran of Canterbury Brass
  • Piped Lament played by Josh Smith
  • 12.15pm – Opportunity to place poppies on individual graves (the poppies are provided by the Returned Services Association)

Please bring a chair to sit on, wear appropriate clothing for the weather and bring a blanket if cold. The event is free but donations to the Friends of Linwood Cemetery and New Zealand Returned Services Association would be appreciated.

For further information visit the Friends of the Linwood Cemetery website or contact The Friends of Linwood Cemetery ph 381-4171 or email

Read more about Linwood Cemetery and who is buried there in Christchurch City Libraries cemetery guide which includes links to maps and a cemetery tour guide.

2 thoughts on “Anzac Commemoration in Linwood Cemetery 2013

  1. Alexandra Gilbert 18 March 2015 / 12:12 pm

    This has just come up as a ping back on our website. Not sure why but thank you for this advertising but the information is out of date. This year’s Commemoration is on Sunday 19th April, and the actual musician’s haven’t been confirmed and I need confirm if there will be poppies for the public. Can you please update this blog. Thanks

    • Donna 18 March 2015 / 1:07 pm

      Thanks Alexandra, this is an old post from 2013. I’ve made that clearer now on the post. We’d love to have info on this year’s event though when it comes to hand – you cen email it to us at

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