Annandale War Memorial

Plan of the War Memorial
Description

 

The war memorial at Annandale is in the form of a hybrid obelisk / cenotaph that incorporates curved seating. The memorial was the result of an architectural competition drafted and judged by the NSW Monuments Advisory Board in 1920. The architect R. Keith Harris won the first prize of 15 pounds with second prize of 10 pounds going to John D. Moore.

 

The memorial was unveiled in February 1921. The monument comprises a central obelisk / cenotaph rectangular in plan and flanked by seating curved forward in quadrant plan. The seats terminate in two pedestals upon which were mounted two electric lamps (now missing) in the form of eternal flames. The structure is built from Bowral Trachyte.

 

Names of the 87 local dead are inscribed on the front face of the central element with a bronze panel fixed to the front face below these names. On the rear face of the monument is carved in large letters 'To The Immortal Dead'.

 

The memorial cost 1,250 pounds and was constructed by the builder F. Gagliardi. The memorial is unusual in including a 'plot of remembrance' near the memorial, this is a ersatz grave which allowed mourners to remember their dead at a more personal level.

 

The memorial includes the name of Private Robert Watson of 169 Trafalgar St, Annandale who enlisted at Annandale on 12th February 1917 several days after his 15th birthday. He was born in Annandale in 1902 and attended Annandale Public School. He was killed in action one year later on 24th March, 1918 aged 16 years and two months.

 

References; Architecture 20 April 1920, p.106; Construction 30 March 1920, p.3; Art in Australia, 2 May 1922, p.69.

 

Other information/Links:

Annandale's Great War: A Short Walk is Marghanita da Cruz's third book in a series, which explore today's Annandale, while delving into its past, a decade at a time.

Over 1200 locals left Australia as members of the Australian Imperial Force or to join British regiments. Annandale's Great War provides a self guided tour of the World War 1 honour boards and memorials around Annandale and the ANZACs whose names appear on them.

More about the book at:

http://ramin.com.au/walks/great-war-short-walk.shtml 

 

Remembrance day 2013 commemoration by Marghanita De Cruz

Inscription

Front Inscription:

Names of the dead incised onto the front face of the cenotaph above a bronze panel stating:

 

ERECTED BY THE CITIZENS OF ANNANDALE TO THE MEMORY OF THE MEN OF THIS DISTRICT WHO MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1920

 

Back Inscription:

 

TO THE IMMORTAL DEAD

Veterans listed on this memorial

Rank Given Name Family Name Conflict/s Fate Service No. Service Unit Campaign Link
PTE Frank Patrick ADAMS World War 1 KIA 4352 AIF 19th battn view
PTE Alexander Walker AITCHISON World War 1 KIA 1128 AIF 18th battn view
L/CPL Herbert Gordon AKHURST World War 1 KIA 5293 AIF 20th Battn view
SGT Frederick Francis ALLEN World War 1 DOD 3955 AIF 1st FAB view
PTE Kenneth BAIN World War 1 DOD 5976 1ST AIF 2nd Battn view
CPL Robert Bruce BAIN World War 1 KIA 3039A 1ST AIF 56th Battn view
DVR Rossiter Alfred BARRETT World War 1 KIA 3031 1ST AIF 55th Battn view
Sgt Walter Langley Baxter World War 1 DOW 168 1ST AIF 18th Battn view
PTE Herbert Hamilton BRADLEY World War 1 KIA 4137 1ST AIF view
L/CPL Lindsay Claude Milton BRODIE World War 1 DOD 14928 1ST AIF 4Tth Div Sig Co, Aust Eng view
Address
Annandale Park, Corner of Johnston Street and North Piper Street
Annandale NSW 2038
Location/surrounding area
Memorial Location
Recorded by
Mr Andrew Howell, Architect
Established date
1921
Dedication date
1921-12-04
Conflict/s
World War 1

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