Berry War Memorial

Description

The Berry cenotaph is in the form of a sandstone arch / gateway with two marble plaques fixed to either side of the arch listing the names of the dead from the First World War (left) and the dead from the Second World War (right). A simple entablature with a classical motif surmounts the arch. When the Cenotaph was unveiled in 1921, a tree was planted for each of the dead along Alexandra Street, at the base of each of these trees a bronze plaque was set recalling the soldier to whom the tree was originally dedicated.

The Gardens surrounding the Cenotaph were extensively remodelled in 1992 and the plaques that originally stood at the base of the memorial trees were moved to the gardens where they were fixed to six sandstone freestanding walls that flank the cenotaph. Sergeant M. Stevenson (55th) had died of wounds in 1919 after being repatriated to Australia. His ashes were originally buried at the base of one of the trees which was removed in 1992 when the gardens were remodelled. Soil from the base of this tree was scattered in the gardens, near the original position of the plaque.

To the left of the Cenotaph is a German Howitzer captured by the 33rd Battalion at Bouzencourt on 12 July 1918. A small marble plaque inset with lead lettering is mounted at the base of the trophy recording this event.

Inscription

Main Plaque mounted on the podium at the base of the monument:

TO THE MEMORY OF THE MEN FROM THIS DISTRICT
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THE EMPIRE IN THE GREAT WAR

1914 - 1919
1939 - 1945

Veterans listed on this memorial

Rank Given Name Family Name Conflict/s Fate Service No. Service Unit Campaign Link
J C Anderson World War 2 KIA view
R Bolt World War 2 KIA view
Pte C Boxsell World War 1 KIA AIF 45th Btn view
Pte H H Boxsell World War 1 KIA AIF 45th Btn view
Pte J Braithwaite World War 1 KIA AIF 14th Btn view
C R Campbell World War 2 KIA view
Gnr R A Colley World War 1 KIA AIF 3rd FAB view
Pte D Conway World War 1 KIA AIF 33rd Btn view
Cpl W Conway World War 1 KIA AIF 33rd Btn view
N E Crawford World War 2 KIA view
Address
Alexandra Street
Berry NSW 2535
Location/surrounding area
Memorial Location
Recorded by
Mr Andrew Howell, Architect
Established date
1921
Dedication date

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