The Roseneath Memorial is sited on a tight bend in Grafton Road, where it makes its way above Point Jerningham just beyond Oriental Bay. It is adjacent to both St Barnabas Anglican Church, and to Roseneath Primary School. The men named on the Memorial had been pupils of the school, and one had been a Master.
A report of the unveiling in November 1917 in the local newspaper, the Evening Post, provided a full description of the memorial:
"The memorial consists of a stepped base, on which stands a square pedestal, about six feet high, with marble panels to receive the names of those who fallen in the great war. Standing on this is a Grecian Doric column, typifying strength, surmounted with the globe, representing the Empire. The total height of the memorial is eighteen feet. The work was carried out by Mr Walter Tonks and was designed by Mr William M. Page, L.R.I.B.A., architect."
The unveiling was performed by His Excellency the Governor General the Earl of Liverpool, who "delivered a brief and appropriate address". This was followed by an address from Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. W.F. Massey.
There were five names on the memorial at its unveiling - Percy Harlen, Lance Bridge, Cyril Aston, J B Smith, and Bruce West. Eight more names were eventually added.
There is a drinking fountain alongside the memorial - it's provenance is unknown.