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
Pte Eric Thornton Wilcox WWI RTA 93665 AIF view
Pte Cecil Australia Wilcox WWI RTA 67066 AIF view
Spr Keith Argyle James Tweedy WWI RTA 21880 AIF 8th Field Coy view
Lt Robert Patrick Tweedy WWI DOI Volunteer Red Cross Comm. England view
Pte Cyril James Tompkins WWI RTA 2738 AIF 7th Fld Coy Engrs view
Pte Harold Gordon Smith WWI KIA 1688 AIF 45th Battalion Flanders view
Sgt Charles Smith WWI RTA 3709 AIF 18th Battallion view
Dvr William Hilton Saunders WWI RTA 4901 AIF 13th Bn / 4th D A C view
J Ryan WWI KIA AIF view
H Roxburgh WWI RTA AIF view
Address
Wongarbon Primary School
28 Railway Street
Wongarbon NSW 2831
Local Government Area
  • Dubbo Regional Council
Setting
  • Garden/park
Memorial type
  • Obelisk
Recorded by
Sandra Smith, Local Studies Officer, Dubbo Branch - Macquarie Regional Library
Established date
1919
Established Date format: 
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Established date
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Dedication date: 
1919-04-05
Dedication date
05 April 1919
Conflict/s
  • First World War, 1914–18
  • Second World War, 1939–45

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