Bellingen Uniting Church World War I Baptismal Font

Bellingen Uniting Church World War I Baptismal FontBellingen Uniting Church World War I Baptismal Font, side view
Description

The World War I marble baptismal font is located at the front of the Bellingen St Andrew's Uniting Church. The inscriptions span three sides of the font.

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.

Materials
  • Marble
Inscription

Side 1:

Pte
W. Hand
Died of Wounds
8.9.18
Aged 28 years

 

Side 2:

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

 

Side 3:

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

 

Pedestal:

In Memoriam
Inscription at base: 'In Memoriam'

Address
Bellingen Uniting Church
Hyde Street
Bellingen NSW 2454
Local Government Area
  • Bellingen Shire
Location/surrounding area
At the front of the Bellingen Uniting Church
Recorded by
Graham Wilson OAM
Conflict/s
  • First World War, 1914–18

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