Wongarbon First and Second World Wars Soldiers' Memorial

Description

Reinforced concrete obelisk on a base of the same material. Each of the four faces bear white marble panels, inscribed with names and dedications inlaid with lead. On the pedimental cap, also inlaid with lead, is a design of crossed guns, the Union Jack and the Australian flag. From the base to the apex, the obelisk measures aproximately 4.8 metres. The monument is surrounded by a wrought iron fence, set between eight decorative concrete posts. The concept designer and builder was W. Larcombe and Son of Dubbo. 

Attached to one side of the base is a Second World War honour roll for the Westella district, unveiled at the local hall around October 1948 and at some stage relocated to the obelisk. 

The memorial is located within the grounds of Wongarbon Primary School.

Notes on veterans' names:

  • Lt Harry Davensport: Alias Harry Augustus Swendson
  • Dvr William Thomas Dunn: on memorial as T. Dunn
  • Etienne Louis Lasserre: on memorial as L. Lassere
  • Dvr Leslie Arthur Lye: on memorial as T. Lye
  • Pte Edward Joseph McSweeney: on memorial as T. McSweeney
  • Pte John Edward McLennan McLennan: on memorial as E. McLennan
  • Pte Jacob Isak Palmgren: on memorial as L. Palmgreen
  • L/Cpl Harold Charle Robbins: on memorial as H. Robins
  • Pte Cyril James Tompkins: on memorial as J. Tompkins
  • Pte Henry Neirhoff: on memorial as H. Neroff
  • Lieut John Valentine Roxburgh: on memorial as V. Roxburgh
  • Pte John Lasserre: on memorial as Lassere
  • Pte Clement Patrick Kane: on memorial as C. Cain
Inscription

Plaque 1

The Great War of 1914-1918
They heard the call and answered

Plaque 2

Erected
by the Citizens of Wongarbon & District

Veterans listed on this memorial

Rank Given Name Family Name Conflict/s Fate Service No. Service Unit Campaign Link
Dvr Samuel Roy Armstrong WWI RTA 1600 AIF 7th LH view
Pte Roy Baker WWI RTA 2124 AIF 54th Battalion view
Pte John Frederick Bennetts WWI 2313 AIF 19th Battalion view
Dvr Roy Bowling WWI RTA 3348 AIF 3rd Battalion view
Pte William James Broad WWI RTA 1872 AIF 54/56 Battalion view
Pte Leonard James Butcher WWI RTA 1247 AIF 2nd Remount view
Sgt William Denis Henry Carters WWI RTA 3018 AIF 54th Battalion view
Pte John Joseph Claude Carters WWI RTA 3489 AIF 53rd Battalion view
Pte Frank Christie WWI RTA 6039 1633 AIF 24th Battalion view
Pte James Christie WWI KIA 4677 AIF 19th Battalion Villers Bretonneux view

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Address
Wongarbon Primary School
28 Railway Street
Wongarbon NSW 2831
Australia
Local Government Area
  • Dubbo Regional Council
Setting
  • Garden/park
Memorial type
  • Obelisk
Recorded by
Sandra Smith, Local Studies Officer, Dubbo Branch - Macquarie Regional Library
Year of construction
1919
Established Date format: 
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Established date
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Dedication date
05 April 1919
Conflict/s
  • First World War, 1914–18
  • Second World War, 1939–45