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Gulargambone First and Second World Wars Memorial

Gulargambone First and Second World Wars Memorial
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Description / Background

On Wednesday 3 May 1922, The Daily Telegraph provided the following description in a report on the unveiling:

The upper structure is of Pyrmont freestone, with black Swedish granite facings, on which the names are inscribed. At the base of the monument there are two steps of dressed stone, and rising from this is a rock-faced structure.

... The erection of the monument was in the hands of Larcombe and Son, Dubbo, and the cost of the work was 325 pounds 10 shillings... The plan for the memorial was prepared by the Memorial Advisory Board, Sydney.

The machine gun, originally atop the memorial, was a war trophy captured by Private Alexander Henry Buckley, who died the same day, 1 September 1918, during an Australian Imperial Force action near Peronne, France. For his great bravery he was awarded the Victoria Cross. The gun is thought to have been removed some time during the Second World War.

In 1991, the memorial underwent a major restoration at a total cost of $10,000, made possible by the efforts of the Gulargambone community with assistance from the Government. The work was carried out by Mr. M Philpott (Monumental Mason), Coonamble Shire, and Dennis Radin, Jack Andrews, and Colin Ryan. Restoration Committee members were J. P. H. Wheaton, Beryl Ryan, Peter Simpson, Colin Ryan and Doreen Best (Secretary).

The words 'Lest we forget' were added to the memorial after Anzac Day 1991.

This memorial lists recipients of the following decorations:

  • VC - Victoria Cross: 1
  • DFC - Distinguished Flying Cross: 2
  • MM - Military Medal: 1
  • MID - Mentioned in Dispatches: 2
  • DCM - Distinguished Conduct Medal: 1


In memory of those who lost their lives and in gratitude to those who served in the Great War 1914-1919 1939-1945

Veterans listed on this memorial

Veterans listed on this memorial

Last held rank Given name Family name Conflict/s Service No. Service Campaign Read more
A Andrews World War 2 view
S C Andrews World War 1 view
H E Andrews World War 1 view
S C Andrews World War 1 view
J Andrews World War 1 view
J D Benjamin World War 2 view
J E G Best World War 2 view
C Bills World War 2 view
L Bills World War 2 view
G Blackman World War 2 view

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Gulargambone Park
Cnr Coonamble and Brinjal Streets
Gulargambone NSW 2828
Local Government Area
Coonamble Shire
Memorial type
Recorded by
Mrs. Doreen Best (President, Gulargambone Historical Society)
Year of construction
First World War, 1914–18
Second World War, 1939–45