The latest instalment of white crosses being erected in Tauranga's waterfront's Field of Remembrance is one for Private Leslie Richard Shannon.

Tasmania-born Shannon, who enlisted in the Auckland Infantry Regiment in 1914, died of a disease on January 6, 1916 in Dunedin. He was at aged 30.

The crosses are progressively being installed in a Field of Remembrance between October 17 and November 8 - each cross representing the life of a local fallen soldier.

By Armistice Day, 109 crosses will have been installed at the waterfront as part of a series commemorations around Tauranga to mark 100 years since the end of World War One on November 11, 2018.


Cadets from the Western Bay of Plenty Cadet Unit, along with assistance for other units in the area, place the crosses in the Field of Remembrance at dawn each day.

Today another cross will be added to mark the life of Michael Tobin, 35, a sapper with the New Zealand Engineers Tunnelling Company who died in France on April 15, 1916.

The Field of Remembrance will be accompanied by the Homecomings: From Tauranga to the Trenches exhibition.

After all the crosses are installed, they will be relocated to Memorial Park, the location for the city's official Armistice Day Centenary Service.