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Bellingen Uniting Church First World War Memorial Font

Bellingen Uniting Church First World War Memorial Font
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Bellingen Uniting Church World War I Baptismal Font
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Bellingen Uniting Church World War I Baptismal Font, side view
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Description / Background

The marble baptismal font is located inside the front of Bellingen Uniting Church, formerly Bellingen Methodist Church. An honour roll of three veterans from the First World War spans three sides of the font.

Notes on veterans' names:

  • Robert Douglas White was born in Bellingen, NSW and enlisted as a single tailor aged 19 years on 13 January 1916. As a private in the 56th Battalion, he died of wounds on 4 November 1916 and was buried in the Heilly Station Cemetery in Mericourty-L-Abbe, France.
  • Wesley Rainsford Hand was born in Christchurch, New Zealand and enlisted as a single motor driver aged 32 years on 18 May 1916. As a private in the 56th Battalion, he died of wounds on 2 September 1918 and was buried in the Fouquescourt British Cemetery, France.
  • Frederick Keith White was born in Bowraville, NSW and as a single car driver enlisted aged 18 years on 15 March 1917.  As a private in the 33rd Battalion, he died of wounds on 17 May 1918 at Villers-Bretonneux in France. He was buried in the Brighton Borough Cemetery in Sussex, England.
  • Their names are also listed on the Bellingen Methodist Church First and Second World War Memorial Gates, at the former Bellingen Methodist Church. 
Inscription

Side 1 - top

Pte
W. Hand
Died of Wounds
8.9.18
Aged 28 years

Side 2  - top

Pte
R.D. Griffith
Died of Wounds
4-11-16
Aged 20 years

Side 3  - top

Pte
F.K. White
Died of Wounds
17-5-18
Aged 18 years

Side 1 - base

In Memoriam

Veterans listed on this memorial

Last held rank Given name Family name Conflict/s Service No. Service Campaign Read more
Private R D Griffith First World War, 1914–18 5100 Australian Army - First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF) view
Private W Hand First World War, 1914–18 2669 Australian Army - First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF) view
Private F K White First World War, 1914–18 5135 Australian Army - First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF) view

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Address
Bellingen Uniting Church
Hyde Street
Bellingen NSW 2454
Local Government Area
Bellingen Shire
Setting
Building – inside
Memorial type
Baptismal font
Recorded by
Graham Wilson OAM
Dedication date
11 May 1919
Conflict/s
First World War, 1914–18
Materials
Marble