Berry War Memorial

Description

The Berry memorial is in the form of a sandstone arch/gateway with two marble honour roll plaques fixed to either side of the arch. The names of the dead from the First World War are on the left pillar and those from the Second World War are on the right. A simple entablature with a classical motif surmounts the arch.

When the memorial was unveiled in 1921, a tree was planted for each of the dead along Alexandra Street. At the base of each of tree, a bronze plaque was set detailing an individual soldier.

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

To the left of the memorial 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

Arch - top

Lest We Forget

Arch - left pillar plaque

1914 - 18
[Names]

Arch - right pillar plaque

1939 - 45 

"Sons Of This Place
Let This Of You Be Said That
You Who Live Are Worthy Of 
Your Dead. These Died That 
You Who Live May Reap A
Richer Harvest Ere You 
Fall Asleep" 

[Names]

Plaque - podium at base of arch

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
Berry War Memorial Gardens
Alexandra Street
Berry NSW 2535
Local Government Area
  • Shoalhaven, City of
Setting
  • Garden/park
Memorial type
  • Arch
Recorded by
Mr Andrew Howell, Architect
Established date
1921
Established Date format: 
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Dedication date: 
01/17/1922
Dedication date
17 January 1922
Conflict/s
  • First World War, 1914–18

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