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Featherston Soldiers Cemetery
South Wairarapa District
Wellington  New Zealand

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The Featherston Military Training Camp was a major training camp in World War I of the Mounted Rifles, the Artillery and the specialists, as well as part of the Infantry training.
An obelisk has been erected in the Cemetery, commemorating the men who died at the Camp and a cross of Sacrifice is erected

In World War II it became the
Featherston prisoner of war camp

The camp's most infamous event was on 25 February 1943 during a sit-in of 240 prisoners, who refused to work. The exact sequence of events is not known, but Lieutenant Adachi was shot and wounded by the camp adjutant. This led to the prisoners either charging or appearing to charge the guards, who opened fire with rifles and sub-machine guns. Thirty seconds later 31 prisoners were dead, with another 17 dying later of their injuries, and 74 wounded

Featherston was called Paeotumokai by the early Maori (meaning Place of the Slaves)

Featherston was twinned in 1975 with the Belgian town of Messines

There are 180 soldiers from WWI at Featherston Military Camp and 2 from WWII
The cemetery is situated in Western Lake Rd, Featherston
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Adele Pentony Graham, Carterton Wairarapa

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