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This photographic honour board commemorates members of the Coffs Harbour Surf Life Saving Club who died in service or were killed in action in the Second World War. The club's archives indicate at the outbreak of the war it had 68 members, and of these 64 enlisted. Nine members paid the supreme sacrifice. The cedar board features photographs of those nine, each with an accompanying small plaque containing their service details.
The Daily Examiner on 24 October 1945 reported: "Mr. Hall, branch president, donated £10/10/ for an honour roll to the memory of members from all clubs within the branch who paid the supreme sacrifice. The honour roll was to be placed in the Coff's Harbour Surf Club house, the present branch headquarters." The memorial is located in the club's dining room.
the memory of the members
of Coffs Harbour Surf Life Saving Club
who gave their lives whilst on service
1939-45 World War
"Lest We Forget"
This memorial was commissioned by
Chris and Shane Williams whose family
has a tradition of membership of this club
since its inception in 1923
|Rank||Given Name||Family Name||Conflict/s||Fate||Service No.||Service||Unit||Campaign||Link|
|Sergeant||James||Donn-Patterson||Second World War, 1939–45||Killed in action (KIA)||403132||Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)||23 Oper Train Unit||Air war over Europe 1940–1945||view|
|Corporal||Ernest Sydney||Franklin||Second World War, 1939–45||Died of wounds (DOW)||NX60295||Australian Army - Second Australian Imperial Force (2nd AIF)||2/17th Aust Inf Batt||North Africa 1940 - 1942||view|
|Sergeant||Colin||Goodenough||Second World War, 1939–45||Killed in action (KIA)||NX133181||Australian Army||19th Battalion||South-West Pacific 1942 - 1945||view|
|Private||Fredrick||Lowery||Second World War, 1939–45||Killed in action (KIA)||N126615||Australian Army||53rd Aust Inf Batt||South-West Pacific 1942 - 1945||view|
|Corporal||Michael||Malouf||Second World War, 1939–45||Killed in action (KIA)||N90324||Australian Army||53rd Aust Inf Batt||South-West Pacific 1942 - 1945||view|
|Private||John (Jack)||Pollett||Second World War, 1939–45||NX44385||Australian Army||3 Res M Tr Company||South-West Pacific 1942 - 1945||view|
|Wing Commander||Douglas C||Riding||Second World War, 1939–45||Killed in action (KIA)||177||Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)||Air Force HDQS||South-West Pacific 1942 - 1945||view|
|Private||Tom||Scott||Second World War, 1939–45||Killed in action (KIA)||NX20054||Australian Army||8th Mob Laun & For Dec Unit||South-West Pacific 1942 - 1945||view|
|Warrant Officer||Berry||Ulrick||Second World War, 1939–45||Killed in action (KIA)||413048||Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)||No. 146 Squad (RAF)||South-West Pacific 1942 - 1945||view|
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