St Cuthberts Church Memorial, Naremburn

Description

The architectural firm of Waterhouse and Lake designed St Cuthbert’s Church in Naremburn in 1915. In March 1917 the church decided to build a memorial wall with a “terracotta” plaque to remember those who had been killed in the war. A memorial brick fence and plaque was designed by the architects Waterhouse and Lake. Work was supervised by the local builders and parish members Wear and Pontey. The brick wall was dedicated on 21 December 1917, while the name plaque carrying names of the dead, carved from trachyte, was completed and built into the wall at the corner of the site in December 1918, a month after the war had ended. The plaque and its surrounding brickwork frame was of substantial size being over 2.5m tall. It appears that the wall was designed by the architect John Lake while the plaque was designed by his business partner B.J. Waterhouse. The plaque fuses a serlian motif with a flat pointed arch that matches the heads of the lancet windows set into the Church’s walls. The design of the fence appears to have been problematic - set with an English bond pattern the square openings in the brick fence would have required small lintels over each opening, probably made from steel or iron. The upper part of the fence, and the trachyte plaque were pulled down sometime before 1965. It is likely that rusting of the exposed lintels required demolition of the open brickwork. Only the base courses of the brick fence remain as of 2009. The trachyte plaque currently resides inside the church. The plaque records 42 dead from the parish, a significant number for such a small parish. These includes six men killed at Gallipoli, including Private Sydney Andrews killed a day after the initial landing. Also named was Private William Wilson Clark, NSW Amateur Boxing Champion.

Inscription

Saint Cuthberts Church of England

The Glory of God

This wall was erected as a tribute of honour to all from the parish who took part in the Great War and chiefly in memory of those who gave their lives on the battlefields whose names are recorded below. Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends.

1915 1916 1917

[Names]

Veterans listed on this memorial

Rank Given Name Family Name Conflict/s Fate Service No. Service Unit Campaign Link
Pte Sydney, J. ANDREWS World War 1 KIA - 26/04/1915 1345 1st AIF 4th Btn Gallipoli - Lone Pine view
Spr Harry ASTILL World War 1 DOW/DOS - RTA 1919 17526 1st AIF 1st Cavalry Divisional Signal Squadron Sydney - St Leonards view
Cpl Richard BARBER World War 1 KIA - 20/07/1916 3007 1st AIF 55th Btn France - Fromelles view
Dvr John. Edmund BARKER World War 1 DOD - 20/02/1919 7582 1st AIF 6th Corps Troop, MT Coy France - Le Havre view
Lt Frederick, Edward CHAPMAN World War 1 DOW - 11/08/1918 NN 1st AIF 10th Brigade Aust Field Artillery France view
Spr John Edward CHURCHILL World War 1 DOW - 19/10/1917 9846 1st AIF 9th Field Com Eng. Paschendale view
Pte William,Wilson CLARK World War 1 KIA - 7/06/1916 197 1st AIF 18th Btn ? view
Pte Volney COOPER World War 1 DOW - 11/07/1915 537 1st AIF 7 LHR Gallipoli - Lone Pine view
Pte Cyril Crove. CROCKFORD World War 1 KIA - 28/04/1915 277 1st AIF 2nd Btn Gallipoli - Walkers Ridge view
L Cpl John Cadell DIGHT World War 1 ? - 24/10/1917 2883 1st AIF 53rd Btn Polygon Wood view
Address
205 Willoughby Road
Naremburn Cammeray Anglican Church,
Naremburn NSW 2065
Local Government Area
  • Willoughby, City of
Setting
  • Building – inside
Location status
Moved/altered
Memorial type
  • Board/roll/plaque/tablet
Recorded by
Andrew Howell, Architect. Anglican Church Plaque Photographs: Tina Murray, Naremburn Cammeray Anglican Church
Established Date format: 
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Dedication date: 
08/29/1920
Dedication date
29 August 1920
Conflict/s
  • First World War, 1914–18

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