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Elsmore First and Second World Wars Roll of Honor

Elsmore First and Second World Wars Roll of Honor
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Elsmore First and Second World Wars Roll of honor, external view with doors closed
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Elsmore First and Second World Wars Roll of honor, internal view of central panels
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Elsmore First and Second World Wars Roll of honor, Second World War panel 1
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Elsmore First and Second World Wars Roll of honor, Second World War panel 2
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Elsmore First and Second World Wars Roll of honor, photos of Second World War veterans
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Elsmore First and Second World Wars Roll of honor, photos of First World War veterans
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Description / Background

This war memorial is an honour roll for the First and Second World Wars in the form of a cabinet. It is beautifully made of Queensland maple and features two Ionic-style columns and a decorative pediment. Within the pediment is a timber carving of a laurel wreath, topped with a bow and ribbons. 

The cabinet has two doors that open outwards, revealing the list of names printed elegantly in gold. The First World War names are printed on the middle panel and most of the Second World War names are printed on the inside of the doors. Five servicewomen from the Second World War are included at the bottom of the middle panel.  

The roll was made in Sydney and unveiled at the Elsmore School of Arts on 6 July 1918. The ceremony and a brief history of the project was reported in The Inverell Times shortly after on 9 July. Half the cost was raised by the community and the other half was covered by Mr Fred Penberthy, a surname that appears on the roll. Alderman J. F. O'Connor of the Inverell Council presided and the various speeches were given. Mrs Dodd, the mother of a soldier, performed the unveiling.

The School of Arts was sold and demolished in 1952. It was replaced with the Elsmore Memorial Hall, which was officially opened with a grand ball on 21 August 1953. At some stage prior, the Second World War names were added to the roll and it was re-unveiled by Ron Bucknell of Newstead Station on the night. 

The roll remains in the hall and is suspended above the stage. It is available to view during social functions held on site. Hanging on walls nearby are two timber photo frames, each displaying photographs of veterans of the wars, some of whom are named on the roll. 

Inscription

Top section

For King and Empire
Elsmore and District
Roll of Honor.

Left and right wings, internal

1939–45
[Names]

Middle panels, internal

[First World War Names]
1939–45
[Names]

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Veterans listed on this memorial

Last held rank Given name Family name Conflict/s Service No. Service Campaign Read more
Private H T Aitchison Second World War, 1939–45 NX93809 Australian Army view
K S Aitchison Second World War, 1939–45 view
Craftsman W J Aitchison Second World War, 1939–45 NX96911 Australian Army view
T Allen Second World War, 1939–45 view
J A Anderson First World War, 1914–18 view
Lieutenant P S Anderson First World War, 1914–18 Australian Army - First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF) view
W Anderson Second World War, 1939–45 view
Private C C Bell First World War, 1914–18 2769 Australian Army - First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF) view
Private L A Bell First World War, 1914–18 804 Australian Army - First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF) view
Sapper F V Bennett Second World War, 1939–45 N452242 Australian Army view

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Address
Elsmore Memorial Hall
1181 Elsmore Road
Elsmore NSW 2360
Local Government Area
Inverell Shire
Setting
Building – inside
Location status
Moved/altered
Memorial type
Board/roll/plaque/tablet
Recorded by
Graham Wilson
Year of construction
1918 and 1953
Conflict/s
First World War, 1914–18
Second World War, 1939–45
Materials
Timber