2020 marks 75 years since the end of the Second World War. To commemorate this important year, the NSW Government is interviewing WWII veterans about their experiences. Read our 75th Anniversary Stories.
The memorial board made of wood and lists 43 veterans from the area who signed up for service in the First and Second World Wars, 23 and 20 respectively. It includes two veterans who volunteered for the Women’s Services. It is approximately three feet wide and five foot six inches tall. It is mounted at the end of the Ewingsdale Community Hall adjacent to the entrance door and was dedicated in 1946.
Attached to the top left hand side of the memorial board is an ornament of a First World War veteran. Also, on top in the centre of the memorial board, crossed Australian and British flags are seen and between the top of the flag poles is the outline of the Australian Rising Sun Badge.
Below the memorial heading are two floral emblems. On the left hand side is the NSW waratah and on the right is the Australian emblem, the wattle. On the body of the memorial board, above the names is a scroll with the words ‘For King and Country’. Surrounding the scroll are the second set of Australian and British flags and the shields for the British and French nations.
Notes on veteran names:
The Ewingsdale Community Hall is one of two of the most historic buildings in the Byron Bay area. It was built in 1908 and located on William Flick Lane (formerly the Pacific Highway) which is lined with large Moreton Bay fig trees. The Hall belongs to the Ewingsdale Community Association and is popular for weddings, events and classes of many kinds.
EWINGSDALE ROLL OF HONOUR
FOR KING AND COUNTRY
WORLD WAR ONE 1914 - 1918
WORLD WAR TWO 1939 - 1945
|Rank||Given Name||Family Name||Conflict/s||Fate||Service No.||Service||Unit||Campaign||Link|
|Lance Corporal||J||Blanche||First World War, 1914–18||Returned to Australia (RTA)||1790||Australian Army - First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF)||41st Australian Infantry Battalion||view|
|Corporal||C||Boyle||First World War, 1914–18||4453||Australian Army - First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF)||9th Australian Infantry Battalion||view|
|Private||W||Boyle||Second World War, 1939–45||NX47808||Australian Army - Second Australian Imperial Force (2nd AIF)||2/11th Field Ambulance||view|
|Private||B K||Buckley||Second World War, 1939–45||NX117094||Australian Army - Second Australian Imperial Force (2nd AIF)||28th Australian Works Company||view|
|Sapper||P O||Buckley||Second World War, 1939–45||NX109975||Australian Army - Second Australian Imperial Force (2nd AIF)||2/22nd Field Park Company||view|
|Private||T||Byrne||Second World War, 1939–45||NX131336||Australian Army - Second Australian Imperial Force (2nd AIF)||41st Australian Infantry Brigade||view|
|Corporal||D E||Coles||Second World War, 1939–45||NX109977||Australian Army - Second Australian Imperial Force (2nd AIF)||NG Force Infantry Regiments||view|
|Gunner||Patrica||Fenwick||Second World War, 1939–45||NF465607||Australian Army - Second Australian Imperial Force (2nd AIF)||66 Search Light Battery||view|
|Private||W||Gorman||First World War, 1914–18||7181||Australian Army - First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF)||49th Infantry Battalion||view|
|Private||F W||Hall||Second World War, 1939–45||N298422||Australian Army - Second Australian Imperial Force (2nd AIF)||38th Employment Company||view|
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