Hurstville War Memorial

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Description

 

The memorial is flanked by a water feature on both sides with 6 fountains of water spurting up to different levels leading you towards the central Memorial.

The memorial is adjacent to Westfield Shopping complex.

The Memorial has a square basalt base with a column topped with a globe.

 

The War Memorial was constructed as a result of local community involvement and contribution. An individual appearing on the memorial may have a simple identification with Hurstville or a less direct connection.

Trooper William EricBlackshaw 5759A, 5th Light Horse Regiment, was chiefly connected with Hurstville and his family resided here. He has 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: Thomas Albert Dures’ ( no. 4788 18thBn) family lived at Carlton but identified themselves with Hurstville.

For others, the links are less obvious but can sometimes be revealed in the documentation. In thearmy record of John Robert Griffith ( 3530 2nd Battalion), he had a close female friend living in Hudson Street, Hurstville, and it seems reasonable to assume that it was this person who 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

N.B. Much of the 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

Inscription

 

The main face facing Forrest Rd has a plaque with the following etched into the face:

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.

 

In front of the Memorial is a second stone set in between two small basalt obelisks with the following inscription etched into the face:

1939-1945

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.

 

Etched into the four sides around the top of the Memorial are the words:

 

[side 1 front]

Their memory liveth for evermore.

 

[side 2 right]

How grand is victory but how dear.

 

[side 3 rear]

They brought glory and honor unto the Nation.

 

[side 4 left]

It was victory and the grave.

 

On the right, rear and left sides are three plaques containing the names of those WW1 Soldiers and Sailors who died in that war:

 

[Side 2 right]

Names for WW1

Alexander - Hammill.

 

[Side 3 rear]

Names for WW1

Harris - Pickering.

 

[Side 3 left]

Names for WW1

Piper- Rimoldi.

 

On the left and right sides are a second set of Monuments commemorating WW2:

 

[Side 2 right]

Names for WW2 1939-1945

Albury - King.

 

[Side 4 left]

Names for WW2 1939-1945

Lake - Williams.

Veterans listed on this memorial

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
Address
Memorial Square
Forrest Road
Hurstville NSW 2220
Location/surrounding area
Memorial Location
Recorded by
William Wright and Ross Bell
Established date
27th May 1922
Dedication date
27th May 1922 by His Excellency Sir Walter Edward Davidson KCMG Governor of New South Wales.
Conflict/s
World War 1
World War 2

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