Avalon War Memorial

Description

The memorial consists of a cenotaph, several pillars and plaques, inscribed paving and landscaping. The entrance is through a park off Avalon Parade.

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

Dedication plaque:

This community cenotaph and memorial honouring our servicemen and women, past and present ws dedicated by the Hon. Bronwyn Bishop Member for Mackellar 11th November 2004. Lest We Forget. Sponsored by: The Avalaon Beach RSL Sub Branch. Sculptor: Richard Stutchbury.

Plaque 1:

Avalon War Memorial

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 original 1956 memorial stone stands adjacent to this plaque.

Lest we forget.

Plaque 2: 

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.

Plaque 3:

Nominal Roll of World War 2

Avalon Enlistments

[Names]

Plaque 4:

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
1 Bowling Green Lane,
Avalon Beach RSL Club,
Avalon Beach NSW 2107
Local Government Area
  • Northern Beaches Council
Setting
  • Building – outside
Memorial type
  • Cenotaph
  • Garden/park
Recorded by
Ms. Jane Williamson, Mrs. Janice Williams & Peter Levarre-Waters
Established date
1948
Established Date format: 
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Dedication date: 
2004-11-11
Dedication date
11 November 2004
Conflict/s
  • Second World War, 1939–45

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