Corporal Ernest Albert Corey, Number 2143. A.I.F. Military Medal and Three Bars, awarded whilst serving as a stretcher bearer in World War I.
Following generous donations by the people of Cooma and the Monaro District, a Memorial Plaque to Cpl Corey was erected in Centennial Park Cooma in 1979.
Over a period of years it became obvious that the plaque was wrongly located and should be moved into the area of the Cooma Memorial. The plaque was relocated there in 1995. The small committee involved with the relocation decided that it would be fitting to erect a diorama based on the famous painting in the Canberra War Memorial depicting stretcher-bearers bringing in wounded soldiers under heavy shell fire at Mon St Quentin in World War I.
Local sculptor and artist, Mr Chris Graham, was commissioned to undertake the project, and following his dedicated work and keen commitment, an outstanding and striking diorama was produced. The diorama, including the making of all the individual figures, took 260 manhours, was constructed from steel and concrete and weighs two tons. It was erected in the Cooma War Memorial area on 23 April 1996. Voluntary labour has repainted the War Memorial railings, including concrete footings and has improved the access paths. A new lighting system has been installed, with a new lawn watering system to follow.
LAURIE WARNE Corey Memorial Committee 13/6/96
In honour of 2143 Corporal Ernest Albert Corey Military Medal and 3 bars 55th Australian Infantry Battalion 1st A.I.F.
A member of the Men From Snowy River March Delegate to Goulburn
The only soldier ever to have been awarded a Military Medal and 3 bars
1891 - 1972
Erected by the citizens of Monaro 1979
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