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A total of 83 men from the Kempsey district enlisted for active service in the Great War, eight did not return. From 1914, Norfolk Island Pines were planted along Memorial Drive, originally called Sturt Street, in remembrance of those soldiers who lost their lives. Plaques were also installed, listing their details. Only four of these trees remain, the rest were replaced with New Zealand Christmas bushes.
Sturt Street was renamed Memorial Avenue and the memorial tablets were placed under the Norfolk Island Pines and re-dedicated in 1927. Two veterans died of war related injuries and sickness, and tablets for each of them were installed. Anzac Day services were held on the corner of Memorial Avenue and Livingstone Street for many years, until the South West Rocks Cenotaph was constructed. All 10 of the veterans listed on the tablets are listed on the Cenotaph. The tablets are painted white, stand approximately 60cm tall and are made of concrete. Each bears the veteran's name, rank, service number and Unit. They are heritage listed and are maintained by the South West Rocks RSL Club under the Environmental Heritage regulations.
Pte. W. Cooper
|Last held rank||Given Name||Family Name||Conflict/s||Fate||Service No.||Service||Unit at embarkation||Campaign||Read more|
|Private||W||Cooper||World War 1||KIA 12.10.1918||2541||AIF||33rd Battalion Infantry||Belgium||view|
|Private||C||Crossingham||World War 1||DOW 05.04.1918||2542||AIF||33rd Battalion Infantry||France||view|
|Private||WA||Crossingham||World War 1||DOS 22.02.1917||2540||AIF||33rd Battalion Infantry||England||view|
|Driver||H||Dennis||World War 1||DOW 06.10.1917||2482||AIF||37th Battalion||Belgium||view|
|Private||A||Edwards||World War 1||18.06.1918||4343||AIF||2nd Battalion||France||view|
|Driver||PJ||Flanagan||World War 1||730||AIF||45th Battalion||view|
|Trooper||L||Plummer||World War 1||16.02.1916||AIF||6th Light Horse||Australia||view|
|Private||SR||Plummer||World War 1||7518||AIF||34th Battalion / 13th Battalion||view|
|Private||A||Sanders||World War 1||KIA 06.08.1915||1213||AIF||1st Battalion||Gallipoli||view|
|Lieutenant||H||Thompson||World War 1||DOW 15-4.1918||AIF||18th Battalion||France||view|