Avalon RSL Cenotaph

Description

 

This description comes from a plaque at the entrance to the memorial area.

This war memorial and commemorative garden were commissioned in 2004 by the Avalon RSL Sub Branch.

The memorial replaces the one erected in 1956, which itself was a replacement of the original 1948 memorial.

This memorial comprises a circular dome of green verdee granite surmounted by a bronze star. The stone is set on a sandstone base. It is surrounded by four memorial plaques for each of the Armed Services and the Merchant Navy, suggestive of the Southern Cross.

Keeping watch over the memorial are three carved sandstone pillars with three green granite supports evoking the image of armed sentinels.

The garden consists of Australian trees and native plants while rosemary from Gallipoli separates the memorial area from the entrance path to the club. The memorial pavers commemorate friends and relatives who enlisted to serve their country.

The memorial entrance is through a park off Avalon Pde

 

Notes on veteran names:

The details of death for Thomas C Bearman cannot be ascertained - his status is given as KIA as that is what is indicated by the memorial.

All other status codes have been taken from information contained in the Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour and lists of prisoners of war and missing, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission database and the National Archives of Australia.

Inscription

Nominal Roll of World War 2

Avalon Enlistments

 

Commemorating

the 60th Anniversary of

the end of World War 2 in 1945.

To those who served and to those

who paid the supreme sacrifice.

'We Will Remember Them'

A Federal Government initiative.

 

This war memorial and commemorative garden were commissioned in 2004

by the Avalon RSL Sub Branch. The memorial replaces the one erected

in 1956, which itself was a replacement of the original 1948 memorial.

 

This memorial comprises a circular dome of green verdee granite surmounted

by a bronze star. The stone is set on a sandstone base. It is surrounded by

four memorial plaques for each of the Armed Services and the Merchant

Navy, suggestive of the Southern Cross. Keeping watch over the memorial

are three carved sandstone pillars with three green granite supports evoking

the image of armed sentinels.

 

The garden consists of Australian trees and native plants while rosemary

from Gallipoli separates the memorial area from the entrance path to the club.

The memorial pavers commemorate friends and relatives who enlisted to

serve their country.

Lest We Forget.

 

This cenotaph

was erected by

the Avalon Beach RSL Sub Branch

and is dedicated in

proud and grateful memory

of those who served.

Lest We Forget.
11th November 2004

Veterans listed on this memorial

Rank Given Name Family Name Conflict/s Fate Service No. Service Unit Campaign Link
Thomas Joseph CHEGWEN World War 2 view
F/SGT JOHN WILLIAM CHERRY 3040758 RAF 680 SQND PALESTINE view
SSGT ROBERT JOHN CLARK NX 118074 N 91165 Army view
Reginald Leslie CLARKE World War 2 view
AB WILLIAM J CLEMENTS 1919 RN view
CAPT FRANCIS COEN World War 1 KIA AIF 18TH BTN POZIERES FRANCE view
FL LT FRANK E COLEMAN 402693 RAAF 230 SQN view
CAPT ROGER DAVID CORDELL 258407 SCOTTISH REGT view
FL LT WILLIAM S CORTIS 34087 RAAF view
FL OFF FOSTER WINDSOR CORTIS O23204 RAAF view
Address
Avalon Parade
Avalon Beach RSL Club
Avalon NSW 2107
Location/surrounding area
Memorial Location
Recorded by
Ms. Jane Williamson, Mrs. Janice Williams & Peter Levarre-Waters
Established date
1948
Established Date format: 
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Dedication date: 
2007-11-11 00:00:00.0
Dedication date
11 November 2007

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