Two lines of chestnut trees, flowering either white or pink, with individual plaques on each, and a separate brass plaque attached at the head of a row of trees. The individual plaques list the soldier's name and battalion. The trees are located near a small bridge on approach to Gidleigh Station, a property located in Bungendore NSW.
The original trees were a pink flowering chestnut signifying the men who survived the First World War, or a double flowering white chestnut for those who died. The original commemorative trees and plaques were washed away in some regional floods, and the replacement trees now standing were planted.
Gidleigh was a large station, that at one time even had its own small school. The school was probably for the children of people who worked at Gidleigh. It was a famous and prosperous rural property.
Until recently, the Rutledge family owned Gidleigh, and a few generations of the family lived there. Jean Ruth Rutledge, the Mrs Rutledge responsible for the 1919 commemorative tree planting was heavily involved with the First World War effort, and was the president of Bungendore Red Cross for some time during the war. There was another Mrs. Rutledge, perhaps her daughter-in-law, who was also president of Bungendore Red Cross for some time during the Second World War.
Lest we Forget
|Rank||Given Name||Family Name||Conflict/s||Fate||Service No.||Service||Unit||Campaign||Link|
|Private||William Charles||Bootes||World War 1||64681||AIF||5 DAC, 2nd LH Brigade||view|
|Private||Arthur Amichael||Donnelly||World War 1||1936.683||AIF||22/4 bat||view|
|Lance Corporal||John Thomas||Flynn||World War 1||1547||AIF||3/3 bat||view|
|Private, Gunner||Edward Richard||Flynn||World War 1||438||AIF||1 FAB , 3rd bat||view|
|Private||John Thomas||Flynn||World War 1||2153||AIF||4/55 bat||view|
|Private||Herbert||Harrison||World War 1||5083||AIF||16/3 bat||view|
|Private||Walter Stanley||McFadzean||World War 1||28970||AIF||6 FAB||view|
|Trooper||William James||McKay||World War 1||DOI 16/8/1915 Gallipoli||785||AIF||DOI 16/8/1915 Gallipoli||view|
|Trooper||Joseph Lewis||McKay||World War 1||KIA 7/7/1915 Gallipoli||273||AIF||1LH||view|
|Private||S||Parker||World War 1||AIF||view|
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