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The memorial is a column topped with a globe, sitting on a square basalt base. It is flanked by a water feature on both sides, consisting of six fountains spraying water to different heights leading your eye towards the central memorial. The base contains three plaques on the back, right and left sides containing the names of First World War soldiers and sailors who died.
On the left and right sides of the main memorial are a set of stone tablets commemorating the names of Second World War veterans'.
The memorial was constructed as a result of local community involvement and contribution. It was dedicated on 27 May 1922 by His Excellency Sir Walter Edward Davidson KCMG Governor of New South Wales.
An individual appearing on the memorial may have a simple identification with Hurstville or a less direct connection. For example, Trooper William Eric Blackshaw 5759A, 5th Light Horse Regiment, was chiefly connected with Hurstville and his family resided there. He had a clear and direct link.
Other combatants resided in the district and their names appear presumably because their families were supportive of the construction of the memorial. For example, Thomas Albert Dures’ (no. 4788 18th Bn) family lived at Carlton but identified themselves with Hurstville.
For others, the links are less obvious but can sometimes be revealed in the documentation. For example, in the army record of John Robert Griffith (3530 2nd Battalion), he had a close female friend living in Hudson Street, Hurstville. It seems reasonable to assume she supported his inclusion on the roll.
For some individuals, the documentation does not reveal what links they have to the suburb. Though clearly the presence of their name indicated a connection of some kind, it is not currently possible to establish the nature of that link. – Ross Bell
Note: Much of this veteran infromation has been provided by Mr Ross Bell, as per his publication Hurstville ANZACs ISBN: 978-0-646-91477-0. Copyright © Ross Bell 2014.
Their memory liveth for evermore.
Erected by the Citizens of Hurstville in memory of their brave sailors and soldiers who fell in the Great War 1914-1918. Unveiled on 27th May 1922 by His Excellency Sir Walter Edward Davidson KCMG Governor of New South Wales.
How grand is victory but how dear.
[Names Alexander - Hammill]
They brought glory and honor unto the Nation.
[Names Harris - Pickering]
It was victory and the grave.
[Names Piper- Rimoldi]
Stone in front of memorial:
"We Will Remember Them". Unveiled on the 25th November 1950 by His Excellency The Governor of New South Wales Lieut-General Sir John Northcott. KCMG. CB. MVO.
Second World War Tablets:
[Names Albury - King]
[Names Lake - Williams]
|Rank||Given Name||Family Name||Conflict/s||Fate||Service No.||Service||Unit||Campaign||Link|
|Pte||Harold Raymond||Albury||World War 2||KIA||NX30000||ARMY||2/30th Inf Bn||view|
|Pte||Alexander Norman||Alexander||World War 1||KIA||6946||1st AIF||2nd Bn||view|
|Pte||Rupert Gordon||Alexander||World War 1||KIA||3997||1st AIF||30th bn||view|
|L/Cpl||Charles Stewart||Allerdice||World War 1||KIA||291||1st AIF||4th Bn||view|
|lac||Stanley Frederick James||Baird||World War 2||Acc Kd||15306||RAAF||5 Ops Trg Ut Wagga||view|
|Pte||Arthur Alexander||Baker||World War 1||KIA||367||1st AIF||15th Bn||view|
|Pte||William Henry||Banks||World War 1||KIA||2559||1st AIF||4th Bn||view|
|WO||Alan Lennox||Bathurst||World War 2||KIA||12168||RAAF||547 Sqdn RAF||view|
|Pte||Joseph||Bayliss||World War 1||KIA||3698||1st AIF||13th Bn||view|
|Pte||Charles Edward||Beale||World War 1||KIA||2861||1st AIF||58th Bn||view|
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