Thornleigh Community Centre First World War Honour Boards

Plaque Board and Roll of Honour 1914-1919 for Pennant Hills and Thornleigh DistrictRoll of Honour 1914-1919 for Pennant Hills and Thornleigh DistrictRoll of Honour 1914-1919 for Pennant Hills and Thornleigh DistrictHonour Board PlaqueHonour Roll for Pennant Hills, Thornleigh and Normanhurst District – The Great War 1914-1918Honour Roll for Pennant Hills, Thornleigh and Normanhurst District – The Great War 1914-1918Plaque BoardMemorial Library Opening PlaqueBuilding Opening PlaqueLest We Forget Plaque
Description

Three honour boards located within the Thornleigh Community Centre commemorate the courage and sacrifice of the men of the district who enlisted in the Great War. The boards hold 141 names, 15 of whom died in action during the war.

Roll of Honour 1914-1919 for Pennant Hills and Thornleigh District:

The memorial is framed by a pair of fluted Ionic pilasters supporting a pediment, directly referencing the elements of classical architecture of ancient Greece. The pediment is decorated in relief with a central evergreen laurel wreath, which symbolises victory, eternity, resurrection, glory and honour. There are also olive branches, symbolising peace. Such classical references were intended to evoke ideas of simplicity, timelessness, universality and longevity. It was also an aesthetic that could connote reverence devoid of any specific religious overtones.

It was moved from its original location in the Thornleigh Public School Memorial Classroom where it was unveiled on 14 October1922.

A plaque located below the board provides information on the Memorial Classroom and the roll.

Honour Roll for Pennant Hills, Thornleigh and Normanhurst District – The Great War 1914-1918:

This memorial consists of a simple wooden board and commemorates the service and sacrifice of those who lived in the Pennant Hills, Thornleigh and Normanhurst District and fought in the Great War 1914-1918 .

It was moved from its original location in the Thornleigh School of Arts where it was unveiled around August 1934.

Plaque Board:

This board contains three plaques. Two are from the official openings of local buildings, including a memorial library, and the third contains a wreath and the words ‘Lest We Forget’.

Notes on veterans' names:

The following locals paid the ultimate sacrifice in the fight for the peace and safety of their community:

  • Edgar Allen joined the Australian Imperial Force on 15 December 1914, aged 20, and served as a Private in the 4th Australian Infantry Battalion at Gallipoli. He was reported missing between 6-9 August 1915 at Lone Pine. Allen had been killed in action on 6 August at the start of the ‘August Offensive’, the final major British attempt to seize control of the Gallipoli Peninsula from the Ottoman Empire. He now lies in the Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey. Lest We Forget.
  • Herbert Glenmore Atfield joined the Australian Imperial Force and served as a Lance Sergeant in the 18th Australian Infantry Battalion. Atfield lived in Stephen Street, Pennant Hills and worked as a grocer prior to enlisting on 4 August 1915. Sgt Atfield embarked for overseas service aboard on HMAT Euripides (A14) on 2 November 1915. He was reported shot through the head while advancing through “No Man’s Land”. He was reported killed in action in the Second Battle of Bullecourt, France on 3 May 1917, aged 24 years old. Atfield now lies in the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, France. Lest We Forget.
Inscription

Roll of Honour 1914-1919 for Pennant Hills and Thornleigh District + Plaque Below:

Roll:

1914 - 1919
Pennant Hills and Thornleigh District.
[Names]

Plaque:

Memorial Class Room Thornleigh Public School 1922-1989

In 1920 the Thornleigh-Pennant Hills Parents & Citizens Association decided to raise money for an extra classroom for the school, as a memorial to the soldiers from the district who enlisted in the Great War.

£200 was raised, a third of the cost of the room, and it was completed by 27 March, 1922. This became the sixth class school-room, where the students completed their primary school education, and sat for the Qualifying Certificate, to enter Secondary School.

During World War II some of the precautionary measures included trenches dug in the playground, blacked-out windows, an air raid alarm, and the school was a training ground for emergencies. In 1962 the War Memorial Library was opened.

Thornleigh Honour Roll 1914-18

The Honour Roll which commemorates the courage of the men of the district who enlisted in the Great War, holds one hundred and forty one names. Fifteen, more than one tenth of those men, died in action.

Honour Roll for Pennant Hills, Thornleigh and Normanhurst District – The Great War 1914-1918:

Honour-Roll
Pennant Hills, Thornleigh, Normanhurst District.
The Great War 1914-1918.
[Names]
+ These died in action

Veterans listed on this memorial

Rank Given Name Family Name Conflict/s Fate Service No. Service Unit Campaign Link
C H E ADAMS World War 1 R.T.A. AIF view
Edgar ALFRED World War 1 R.T.A. AIF view
Private Edgar Allen World War 1 Killed in Action - 6th August 1915 1521 AIF 4th Australian Infantry Battalion Gallipoli view
Robert ALLEN World War 1 R.T.A. AIF view
Alf A ALLSOPP World War 1 R.T.A. AIF view
W H ALLUM World War 1 R.T.A. AIF view
F T ANLEZARK World War 1 R.T.A. AIF view
Lance Sergeant Herbert Glenmore Atfield World War 1 Killed in Action - 3rd May 1917 2551 AIF 18th Battalion Villers Bretonneux view
Cliff BANKS World War 1 R.T.A. AIF view
E BANNER World War 1 R.T.A. AIF view
Address
Lot 200 Phyllis and Central Avenues
Thornleigh NSW 2120
Local Government Area
  • Hornsby Shire
Setting
  • Building – inside
Memorial type
  • Board/roll/plaque/tablet
Recorded by
Matthew Pines
Established Date format: 
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Conflict/s
  • First World War, 1914–18

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