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Hay War Memorial High School

Hay War Memorial High School
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Description / Background

Hay War Memorial High School was opened on 25 April 1923. On either side of the main entrance to the school building are marble honour roll tablets on which names of those who fought in the Great War are inscribed. These were unveiled at the opening of the school. Inside the school are honour rolls to all major twentieth century conflicts.

Note on veteran's name: Australian War Memorial records do not show a CB Campbell dying in the First World War.


Notice board at the entrance to the school

Hay War Memorial High School

For so much what shall we repay.

Hay War Memorial High School was opened on ANZAC Day, 1923. It was built as the town's war memorial to honour the extraordinary commitment made by Hay and district citizens to the First World War.

Public subscription from the Hay community collected between 1918 and 1923 helped to build the school. A living memorial, in which Hay’s young people could be proudly educated, was seen as the most fitting commemoration of the sacrifice made by so many of Hay’s young volunteers.

Hay’s ANZAC Day service is held at the school each year and is a focus for commemoration of war service in the town. The school houses honour rolls for all the major twentieth century conflicts.

More recent additions to the school such as the library and art, technics and music building were built in 1973 and new classrooms were added in 1984.

Hay War Memorial High School proudly upholds the traditions and aspirations of the Hay community which had the foresight to build such a magnificent memorial.

The developing school museum, housing both war memorial and school exhibits, is open to the public during school hours.

Please enquire at the main entrance for details or telephone 02 6993 1408.

Presented by Year 12, 2000 & 2001.

At the top of each honour roll

The Great War
Pro tanto quid retribuemus [what shall we repay for so much] 

Foundation stone

This foundation stone of the
Hay War Memorial High School
being erected to commemorate the
services of the Hay District
volunteers in the Great War
was laid by the
Honorable T D Mutch MLA
Minister for Education
on 8th March 1922.

RMS Wells FIA Architect
P Board CMG Director of Education


Australia Remembers 1945-1995.

The children of this school
will always remember the sacrifice
made by the men and women
who served our nation in times of war.

Lest We Forget.

Veterans listed on this memorial

Last held rank Given name Family name Conflict/s Service No. Service Campaign Read more
F C Adams World War 1 view
A Adamson World War 1 view
R Anderson World War 1 view
C Andrew World War 1 view
C Ashley World War 1 view
J A Ashley World War 1 view
B V Ashton World War 1 view
S Ashton World War 1 view
F A Atkins World War 1 view
J Barber World War 1 view

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216 Pine Street
Hay NSW 2711
Local Government Area
Hay Shire
Memorial type
Recorded by
David Roden and Peter Levarre-Waters
Year of construction
Dedication date
25 April 1923
First World War, 1914–18
Second World War, 1939–45