Lest We Forget


While the town planning movement in New Zealand was in its infancy at the time of World War 1, it was a movement that attracted young men and women looking to create better urban areas. The list below is not comprehensive but gives short military details on men I know from my research who contributed to the development of town planning. A longer article will appear in PQ in June detailing their contribution to town planning in New Zealand.

  • Lieutenant Archie Bogle, 12th Engineers, NZEF, served 1915 to 1919 on the Western Front
  • Lieutenant John Mawson, 31st British Columbia Horse and Canadian Expeditionary Force, served 1916 to 1919 on Western Front and in the Balkans.
  • Sergeant Henry Butcher, NZEF, served 1916 to 1919 on the Western Front. Gassed twice.
  • Sergeant William Gummer, NZ Mounted Rifles, served 1916 to 1919 Egypt and Western Front.
  • Sergeant Kenneth Luke, NZEF, served 1916 to 1919 on the Western Front. Wounded in France.
  • Private Cyril Knight, Sapper 2nd Draft Field Engineers, Australian Expeditionary Force served from 1918 to 1919 on the Western Front.

This list was compiled by Associate Professor Caroline Miller and Professor Michael Roche, School of People, Environment and Planning, Massey University, Palmerston North.