Armidale Teachers' College World War II Roll of Honour

Armidale Teachers' College World War II Roll of Honour, first (leftmost) boardArmidale Teachers' College World War II Roll of Honour, second (centre) boardArmidale Teachers' College World War II Roll of Honour, third (rightmost) boardArmidale Teachers' College World War II Roll of Honour, photograph and entry for Geoffrey Cecil Newling

The roll of honour consists of three timber honour boards located on the first floor of the C B Newling Building, formerly Armidale Teachers' College (ATC). The honour boards record the names, year of attendance at the college and their fate in World War II.

In April 2002 the Armidale Dumaresq Council approved a grant for an honour roll to record the names of every student, ex-student and members of staff of the ATC who enlisted during World War II. It was in 1946 that a voluntary ATC committee collected the names of all who served.  

The Book of Remembrance (Volume 1) was completed and dedicated on 19 April 1946 but the other two volumes were not completed.  A member of the Friends of the Old Teachers' College, Judith Magnus Grieve (OAM), completed all records in March 2003 and this work provided the names for the timber honour rolls. The Boards completed the war memorial in the upstairs foyer.

It was dedicated on Sunday 9 March 2003 by Retired Chaplain W Howarth RANR, RFD.  This honour roll complements the Book of Remembrance and won a Heritage Award from the Armidale Dumaresq Council in 2005.

On Thursday 17 March 2016, additions to the College Honour Boards were dedicated. The dedication was conducted by the Very Reverend Stephen Williams, dean of St Peter's Anglican Cathedral, and Max Taverner, president of the Armidale RSL Sub-Branch. The additions consisted of a photograph of Geoffrey Newling, the youngest son of the founding principal of the College, C B Newling, and wording on the honour roll which paid tribute to the many ex-service personnel who attended the Teachers' College after World War II.

  • Timber

Each timber board:


[list of names]


Bottom right of the third (rightmost) board:



The son of Mr Cecil Bede Newling,
Armidale Teachers' College
Founding Principal
is representative of the many
who served their country
and trained at the College 
after 1945

Veterans listed on this memorial

Rank Given Name Family Name Conflict/s Fate Service No. Service Unit Campaign Link
Warrant Officer Henry Larsen Walter Granfield Second World War, 1939–45 432787 Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Aircrew Allocation Centre view
Warrant Officer Vernon Francis Hart Second World War, 1939–45 422554 Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) A/C Allocation Centre view
Leading Aircraftman Francis Desmond Purcell Second World War, 1939–45 62475 Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) 5 Aircraft Depot view
Pilot Officer Brian Augustine Raftery Second World War, 1939–45 432264 Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) No. 5 Ser Flying Train Sch view
Pilot Officer Edward Laurence Wright Second World War, 1939–45 21716 Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) RAAF HQD Point Cook - Vict view
Flight Sergeant Leonard Roy Young Second World War, 1939–45 Killed in action (KIA) 424815 Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) No. 37 Squadron (RAF) view
C B Newling Building
122–132 Mossman Street
Armidale NSW 2350
Local Government Area
  • Armidale Regional Council
  • Building – inside
Location/surrounding area
The honour boards are located in the first-floor foyer of the C B Newling Building, the former Armidale Teachers' College.
Location status
Original location
Memorial type
  • Board/roll/plaque/tablet
Recorded by
Graham Wilson OAM
Established date
Established Date format: 
$e_original_date = $entity->field_established['und'][0][value]; if (!empty($e_original_date)) { $changed_date = strtotime($e_original_date); $new_date = date("d F Y", $changed_date); print '
Established date
'; print $new_date; } else{ print ''; }
Dedication date: 
Dedication date
03 September 2003
  • Second World War, 1939–45

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