Honouring WW1 Pharmacists

Honouring NZ Pharmacists Killed in World War 1

On the wall of the Pharmaceutical Society Board Room hangs this brass plaque honouring nine pharmacists who lost their lives in World War 1.

They are:

Eric CORBETT – died from wounds, The Somme, France 17 July 1918, aged 32

Harold DODDS – killed in action, Passchendaele, Belgium 12 October 1917, aged 24

Douglas GODDARD – killed in action, Armentieres, France 26 November 1916, aged 27

Cyril McHARDIE – killed in action, The Somme, France 22 May 1918, aged 27

Charles RHODES – drowned when the Marquette was torpedoed, Mediterranean Sea 23 October 1915, aged 30

Frederick SHARLAND – killed when his aircraft crashed in combat, Zonnebeke, Belgium 24 October 1917, aged 33

James BIRD – drowned when the Marquette was torpedoed, Mediterranean Sea 23 October 1915, aged 25

William GIVEN – killed in action, Passchendaele, Belgium 4 October 1917, aged 24

William INGLE – died from wounds, Somme, France 28 July 1918, aged 38.

The epitaph "Hail and Farewell" comes from John Oxenham's book of poems – "Hail and farewell to those who died in that full splendour of heroic pride, that we might live". The plaque was originally unveiled in 1921 mounted on the Board Room wall of the Pharmaceutical Society and Board then located at 41 Ballance Street, Wellington. Subsequently it was displayed in the Society Council Room of the Pharmacy Building at 59 Cambridge Terrace, Wellington.

Behind each of these names is a story; a story of their time in pharmacy, their enlistment and service in the Army, the circumstances of their death and where their lives are commemorated overseas and here in New Zealand.

Read the story of pharmacist Cyril McHardie.

Read the story of pharmacist Douglas Goddard.

Read the story of pharmacist Harold Dodds.

Read the story of pharmacist Frederick Sharland.

We will remember them