Uncertain Future for Foxton Memorial Hall

June 21, 2018

 The family of a local Kiwi soldier killed in Vietnam are determined to keep his memory alive as the future of a memorial in his name is uncertain.

 

Horowhenua District Council's decision to offload the Foxton Memorial Hall casts doubt on what will happen to a room there named in memory of Stuart Ellwood.

 

The 20-year-old gunner was killed on Waitangi Day, 1968, during the deadly Tet Offensive.

 

In 1994, at the suggestion of the Foxton RSA, the former library in the hall was renamed the "Stuart Ellwood Room".

 

This year though, in its Long-Term Plan deliberations, the council decided it no longer wanted the hall.

 

It's not yet known exactly what fate awaits the earthquake-prone structure on Main St.

 

Ellwood's sister Ngaire Newland says she has voiced her concerns to the council and will meet

with Kere Kere ward councillor Ross Brannigan and chief executive David Clapperton.

 

Mr Brannigan says he and Mr Clapperton were committed to working with the family for a

satisfactory outcome that continues to recognise Stuart Returned and Services Association national vice-chairman Bob Hill, who served with Ellwood, said war memorial halls commemorated the dead of World War II and, in this case, Vietnam, as cenotaphs did for WWI.

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