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In loving memory of

John William WAKELIN

Beloved eldest son of

Richard and Alice WAKELIN

Beloved husband of

May Constance

Who was accidentally killed by Wellington tram

On Feb 24th 1909

Aged 30 years

Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love;

Therefore with loving kindness have I drawn thee.

Block L Plot 37


In loving memory of

William COOK

Died May 3rd 1917

In his 61st year

He giveth his beloved sleep.

Block L Plot 38



Taranaki Herald, Volume LV, Issue 13898, 27 February 1909, Page 2



At the inquest on the body of John Wakelin, who died as the result of a fall from a tramcar, a verdict was returned that the cause of death was concussion of the brain, brought about by deceased falling on wood blocks through stepping off a car, no blame being attachable to anyone. [1]


William COOK:

On May 3rd, 1917 at his residence, Heathcote Valley, William Cook, timber merchant; in his 61st year. After a short illness. Deeply regretted.[2]


Press, Volume LIII, Issue 15892, 4 May 1917, Page 12

The Funeral of the late William Cook will take place from his residence, Heathcote Valley, at 2 p.m., Saturday May 5th, for the Woolston Cemetery. All relatives and friends are asked to accept this intimation. W.T. LESTER[3]


Claims against Williams estate:


Press, Volume LIII, Issue 15895, 8 May 1917, Page 3

Mr William Cook, who died recently at his residence, Heathcote Valley, was well-known in shipping circles, also in the timber trade and sheep farming industry. He was born in Fishing Eel Inn, Odderston, England. He came to New Zealand with his brother, the late Mr Colin Cook, who was formerly Mayor of Lyttelton, in November, 1874, in charge of some prize sheep for the late Mr John Grigg, of Longbeach. He subsequently entered into business as a butcher, first in the employ of Mr T. McDonald, of Christchurch, and later in partnership with his brother. They then took over the business of Mr McKeeber, ship's butcher, and subsequently entered the shipping trade. Their pioneer ship was the Retamie, which they bought at Huon river, Tasmania. Their next vessels were the schooners Annie Hill, Lily, and the brigantine Aratapu. The firm then started as timber and shipping merchants. Later the brothers dissolved partnership. Mr William Cook retaining tho timber and shipping business, -and his brother the butchering business. Mr William Cook was owner of a large sheep farm and orchard at Governor's Bay. He also owned valuable property at Teddington, Heathcote Valley and Westerfield. He was known as a good judge of stock, and as a keen and far-sighted buyer. He leaves a widow and three sons, and three daughters. His youngest son is serving at the front, and his eldest son is going into camp this month.

Cooks Lane [formerly Cook Street] in Heathcote Valley is named after William COOK. “Cook built the homes on Cooks Lane. He is listed as living there in 1907, the year Cook Street first appears in street directories”.[6]


Not 100% sure of the connection between Wakelin and Cook but a brief amount of research shows that William COOK married Annie WAKELIN in 1877 [marriage registration 1877/1888]. Also noted [4] as marrying on 5 July 1877 at Holy Trinity Church, Lyttelton and his occupation as Butcher.

The information below appears to be the John William WAKELIN in this grave. Also, Mary was quite often shortened to May. Note that W Cook appears again. Needs to be looked further in to – possible that William is John’s uncle?:

John Wakelin & Mary Constance RUMMEL m. 13 August 1901 at house of Mr Rummel, Nursery Road, Christchurch,

ages: 22/20, occ: farmer, b.Lyttelton /Notown (near Greymouth)


Richard & Alis[sic] Wakelin, nee MILLS

Gottleb Constantine Herman & Kareen [sic] Rummel nee ANDERSON

Witness: W. Cook , Governers [sic] Bay, C. Rummel, Christchurch[5]


The RUMMEL connection is also interesting as Constantine Fritz RUMMEL is 1 of only 28 NZ servicemen during WW1 who were court martialled and sentenced to death. On Constantine’s Cenotaph database record, his mother is given as Karin RUMMEL, 13 Burns Road, Sydenham, Christchurch. Note that John WAKELIN’s mother in law is noted as Kareen and his father in law also has Constantine in his name. It is possible that Constantine Fritz RUMMEL is John’s brother in law.










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