Commercial Banking Company of Sydney, First and Second World Wars Honour Rolls


The Honour Rolls are located in what was the main banking chamber of the former Commercial Bank of Sydney's head office. There are two Honour Rolls, the first to Bank staff who served in the First World War and the second to staff who lost their lives in the Second World War. Both plaques are made of bronze with the names embossed.

The Second World War Honour Roll states that of the 70 staff who died, 52 were Killed in Action (KIA) and 18 Died on Service (DOS). However, it does not indicate who the people were in those two different categories.

The following information on the veterans' status was gathered from the Australian War Memorial (AWM) Roll of Honour website:

  • Veterans' DOS:
    • AGH Arnot, TS Ayling, MJ Betheras, FH Dickman, DWR Dixon, JH Goldie, E Granter, WM Ind, FP Jackson, ND Kellas, RLF Kelly, HW Long, NG McIllree, PB McLaughlan, ACR Moffat, RJ Newbigging, H Peters, CD Ponsford, C Poole, DJ Shearman, AGH Arnot, TS Ayling, MJ Betheras.
  • Veterans' KIA:
    • PJ Alley, RJ Baker, WR Barber, VE Beecraft, NL Bourke, JR Burke, CR Campbell, JJ Cobon, F Conville, DD Curtis, RB Eggins, ACR Flashman, C Freeman, MJ Goldsworthy, FE Gould, LC Hamilton, K Harris, PM Hore, RA Howse, EG Johnson, R Lanham, EJ Layh, MHM Maclean, GF McKenzie, BME McLeod, KB Nunn-Pattrick, ET Odams, GA O'Hea, HEM Plant, JK Read, RC Ritter.
    • Notes on the above:
      • two RJ Baker's are on the AWM Roll.
      • no CR Campbell is on the AWM Roll, but there is a GR Campbell.
      • no LC Hamilton is on the AWM Roll, but there is a LG Hamilton.
      • no ET Odams is on the AWM Roll.

First World War Honour Roll

In memory of the officers of this Bank who served in the Great War 1914-1919.


Their name liveth for evermore.

Second World War Honour Roll

In memory of the officers of this Bank who lost their lives in World War II 1939-45. 


Enlisted 992, Killed in Action 52, Died on Service 18. We will remember them.

Veterans listed on this memorial

Last held rank Given Name Family Name Conflict/s Fate Service No. Service Campaign Read more
W S Gray World War 1 view
W S F Maclean World War 1 view
W W Mackie World War 1 view

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343 George Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Local Government Area
  • Sydney, City of
  • Building – inside
Location status
Memorial type
  • Board/roll/plaque/tablet
Recorded by
David Roden
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  • First World War, 1914–18
  • Second World War, 1939–45