Over 100,000 New Zealanders served in World War I from 1914 until 1918. That was nearly 10% of the country’s population. By the end of the war, 16,697 soldiers had died and another 41,317 were wounded. 31 of those casualties were residents of Picton and Queen Charlotte Sound. The Picton War Memorial was created in 1925 to honor the local men whose lives were sacrificed.