|It was unveiled by Governor Lord Plunket at a large community ceremony on 11 February 1906.|
|Although there are many statues to do with this war Napier's is the only one in New Zealand which has the soldier in mourning with his rifle pointing down|
The monument was shattered and the soldier lost his head in the 1931 earthquake. there was much searching some believe it was stolen and then found seven years later on a riverbank by a workman clearing some rubble. The head was reunited with the body. There was debate that the memorial should be moved to another site, however it was re-erected in the original site.