Seven streets in Whanganui will have a permanent poppy icon added to their signage to recognise their affiliation to war history.

The streets are Falkland Street and Kitchener Street (Whanganui East), Dustin Street, Gunn Street and Cavell Place (Gonville), Victory Place (Aramoho) and Somme Parade.

The street signs will be installed on Monday and a small ceremony will be held on Tuesday, April 17, in Dustin St, where the first sign will be unveiled.

RSA Wanganui manager Kyle Dalton said Claude Dustin was the first man from Gonville killed during WWI and the street was named in his memory.


"He was the son of renowned caterer WS Dustin and is believed to have been killed on April 27 in 1915 at Gallipoli although his body wasn't found until May 1915 when a ceasefire was called to bury the dead from both sides."

The project is a collaboration between the Wanganui RSA, the Poppy Places Trust and Whanganui District Council, which is funding the creation and installation of the signs.

The Council's general property manager Leighton Toy has worked with Mr Dalton to get the street signs up.

"It was mentioned a while back that the Council was looking at installing street signs to reflect our connection with military history and we wanted to make it happen before Poppy Day," says Mr Toy.

"The RSA provided us with the history behind several Whanganui streets and we made the decision together about which signs to get made with the poppy emblem.

"There may be other streets with military connections which will be considered for inclusion of the poppy at a later date.

"We are also hoping Anzac Parade will have the poppy signs too, but we're working with the New Zealand Transport Authority on this," says Mr Toy.

Mr Dalton says the Wanganui RSA thought the concept of identifying street names and incorporating the poppy was "an excellent idea".

"The genesis of the project is that many of our street names and places are directly related to people and events from overseas military history, which is often known to only a small and shrinking number of our citizens. By using the poppy to mark these places, those that pass by the streets will see the symbol and be reminded of the Anzacs."

Mr Dalton also says that launching the poppies on street signs project will be a fitting lead-in to Poppy Day on Friday, April 20.