Five more white crosses will be erected on Tauranga's waterfront Field of Remembrance tomorrow at dawn.

The crosses will honour fallen soldiers Ernest Crisp, William Lochhead, Henry Phillips, Edwin Plummer and Roy Woollams.

Ernest Crisp, 27, was killed in action in France on May 2, 1918. Edwin Plummer, 30, was also killed in action on May 6, 1918, aged 30.

Roy Woollams, 22, enlisted to fight in World War I on June 27, 1916, serving with the Entrenching Battalion (Service No. 29533).


On October 4, 1917, Roy was reported wounded with a gunshot wound to the shoulder.

He was made Corporal on December 16, 1917. He died in action on May 8, 1918.

Henry Phillips, 37, also died in action a day later on May 9, 1918.

Te Puna farmer William Harcourt Lochhead was serving during World War I when he died of gunshot wounds to the head in Cairo, Egypt on May 11, 1918.

Just three months later, his older brother Thomas Leslie Lochead was killed in action at Bapaume in France.

By Armistice Day on November 11, 109 crosses will have been erected at the waterfront as part of city commemorations to mark 100 years since the end of World War I.

Ernest Crisp
Born Tasmania, 1 July 1890
12/1184 – Lance Corporal, Auckland Infantry Battalion
2nd Battalion
Enlisted from Tauranga 25 November 1914
Killed in action, 2 May 1918, France
Aged: 27

William Lochhead
Born Tauranga, 28 July 1895
Farmer, Te Puna
16103 – Trooper, Auckland Mounted Rifles
Machine Gun Squadron
Enlisted from Tauranga 8 March 1916
Died of wounds, 11 May 1918, Palestine
Aged: 22


Henry Phillips
Born Dunedin, 30 October 1883
56652 – Private, Canterbury Infantry Regiment
C Company, 32nd Reinforcements
Enlisted from Tauranga 29 March 1917
Killed in action, 9 May 1918, France
Aged: 37

Edwin Plummer
Born Waihi, 3 November 1885
Bushman, Omokoroa
11531 – Private, Entrenching Battalion, NZEF
12th Reinforcements
Enlisted from Tauranga 12 January 1916
Killed in action, 6 May 1918, France
Aged: 30

Roy Woollams
Born Auckland, 30 March 1896
29533 – Corporal, New Zealand Entrenching Battalion
Enlisted 28 June 1916
Killed in action, 8 May 1918, France
Aged: 22