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Gleniffer Union Church First World War Roll of Honour, Bellingen

Gleniffer Union Church First World War Roll of Honour, Bellingen
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Description / Background

This war memorial is a hand written roll of honour for men from the Gleniffer Union Church who served in the First World War. It is a decorative parchment, featuring illustrations of two servicemen, a woman holding a laurel wreath, the First commonwealth Coat of Arms, a crown, and the Union Jack and Australian flags. 

The parchment is presented in a timber frame, inset with a pane of glass. Carved into the top of the frame are the words 'Quit you like men, be strong', which is a phrase from the Bible. It is a unique inscription for a war memorial and may reference courage. 

The origins of the memorial are not known, however, the parchment is dated 1916 and includes the initials 'J.E.G.H.', which may indicate the maker or designer. 

Gleniffer is a small rural village located near Bellingen, NSW. At the time of the war, in addition to the Union Church, it had a School of Arts hall, a co-operative dairy company, a Loyal Orange Lodge, a public school, a Red Cross Society Branch, and a butchery. 

Union churches were created in various rural areas by members of the Anglican, Presbyterian, and Methodist religions. In the case of the Gleniffer Union Church, most soldiers gave their religion as Church of England. It seems reasonable to assume the roll was once housed at the church or the hall. It is now located in the Bellingen Museum and is available for viewing during opening hours.

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Inscription

Timber frame

Quit you like
Men by strong

Roll

Gleniffer Union Church
Roll of Honour
[Names]
J.E.G.H. 1916

Veterans listed on this memorial

Last held rank Given name Family name Conflict/s Service No. Service Campaign Read more
Private George Adams First World War, 1914–18 1882 Australian Army - First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF) view
Private Harry Bailey First World War, 1914–18 4135 Australian Army - First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF) view
Private Robert Batterham First World War, 1914–18 21 Australian Army - First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF) view
Private Frederick Beamish First World War, 1914–18 3707 Australian Army - First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF) Somme 1916 - 1917 view
Private Robert Brierly First World War, 1914–18 1177 Australian Army - First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF) Gallipoli 1915 view
Private Henry Colyer First World War, 1914–18 3737 Australian Army - First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF) view
Edward Dale First World War, 1914–18 view
Private William Divall First World War, 1914–18 5798 Australian Army - First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF) view
Private Alex Dobson First World War, 1914–18 3756 Australian Army - First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF) view
Richard Dowle First World War, 1914–18 view

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Address
Bellingen Museum
33-39 Hyde Street
Bellingen NSW 2454
Local Government Area
Bellingen Shire
Setting
Building – inside
Location status
Moved/altered
Memorial type
Board/roll/plaque/tablet
Recorded by
Graham Wilson
Year of construction
1916
Conflict/s
First World War, 1914–18
Materials
Glass
Paper
Timber