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On 3 December 1944, Major-General Fewtrell opened a War Memorial Chapel on the northern side of the then St Peter’s Church of England.
In 1993, when SCEGGS Darlinghurst purchased the church, the only remnant of the chapel was a stone wall plaque for the chapel and in memory of Pte William Vincent Place. However, at the time of the chapel's establishment, The Sun newspaper reported on 3 December 1944 (p.8):
To commemorate the sacrifice of Sister [Doris] Joyce Wylie, drowned after the hospital ship Centaur had been sunk by enemy action, relatives and friends have presented a Communion table and fittings to the War Memorial Chapel at St Peter’s Church, East Sydney.
This Chapel has been set apart, in thankful remembrance of the men and women who rendered active service during this war and who had an association with this church. Their self-sacrifice courage and effort have aided in saving the world from an evil domination.
This tablet presented in memory of Pte. W. V. Place 13th Aust. Gar. Bat. who died 14th Aug. 1943 was unveiled on Sunday, 3rd December 1944.
By Major-General A.C. Fewtrell, C.B., D.S.O., V.D.
Gordon J.S. King – Rector
|Rank||Given Name||Family Name||Conflict/s||Fate||Service No.||Service||Unit||Campaign||Link|
|Pte||W V||Place||World War 2||Illness 14 Aug 1943||N218842||Australian Army||13th Garrison Battalion||Thursday Island, Torres Strait||view|
|Sister||Joyce||Wylie||World War 2||KIA 14 May 1943||NFX138687||Australian Army||Australian Army Nursing Service (Attached 2/3 Australian Hospital Ship Centaur)||At sea, off Brisbane, Australia||view|
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