Department of Education World War 2 Roll of Honour for teachers who gave their lives

Description: 

 

A dark bronze memorial with veterans' names and inscriptions in raised print. At the top is a cross with a laurel wreath intertwined.

Excerpt from "Soldier-Teacher War Memorials, World War I - World War II - Post World War II, by Tom Spencer, June 2001:

"On Remembrance Day, Friday, 11 November His Excellency the Governor of New South Wales, Lieutenant-General Sir John Northcott, KCMG, KCVO, CB attended a service at the Department of Education for the unveiling of the memorial tablet containing the names of NSW public school teachers who gave their lives in service in World War II. All returned service men and women in the metropolitan area had been given permission to leave their schools in time to be at the Department by 2:45pm. Prior to the commencement of the service the Governor inspected a Guard of Honout of teachers who served their country in World War II.

Accroding to a copy of the proceedings held by the Department's History Information Officer, the service commenced with the hymn, "O God, Our Help in Ages Past", played by the Eastern Command Band. The Deputy-Premier of NSW and Minister for Education, the Hon. R J Heffrom MLA, delivered the address and invited the Governor to unveil the memorial in the Department's main entrance area, after which prayers were said by Major-General the Reverend C A Osborne, CIE.

Following the playing of "The Last Post" and two minutes silence the names of the fallen were recited, and the gathering united in saying the well-known lines from Laurence Binyon's (1914) "For the Fallen", verse 4: "They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning 'WE WILL REMEBER THEM'.

The service concluded with the "Reveille" and the National Anthem."
 

 

Inscription: 

 

Lest We Forget. In memory of teachers of the Department of Education who gave their lives in the service of their country.

[Below the names]  1939-1945. They gave their lives that we may live.

 

Dedication date: 

11/11/1955
 

War: 

World War 2
 
 

Recorded by: 

David Roden
 

Established date: 

1955
 

Location/surrounding area: 

Department of Education Building
 

Address Data: 

L1, 35 Bridge Street
Sydney NSW 2000
 
 

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Veterans Listed

Given Name Family Namesort descending Conflict Status Service No. Link
R E Abbott World War 2 DOS view
L G Avern World War 2 DOS view
L M Bailey World War 2 DOS view
R O Bailey World War 2 DOS view
R T Bannister World War 2 DOS view
J N Barnier World War 2 DOS view
G L Barraclough World War 2 DOS view
W C Bayliss World War 2 DOS view
R S Bickett World War 2 DOS view
C W A Blick World War 2 DOS view

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