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This marble honour roll features a scroll with the names of former Gunnedah Public School students. It has the British and Australian flags at the top with the rising sun military emblem. It also features the tesselated tiles symbolism and the classic columns from the Masonic Lodge Order. Apart from the off-white marble, the memorial also features coloured granite.
The monument was unveiled by the Gunnedah Mayoress Mrs McDonagh in August 1920. The Sydney Mail on 25 August 1920 published a photograph of the honour roll. After its unveiling, the Gunnedah Public School memorial had names added to it following the name F Pike. These names were from R Coote to G E Smith.
The memorial was created by Michael William Hardy, who was born on 2 August 1867. As noted before, the honour rolls created by M W Hardy of Narrabri used scrolls and symbolism from the Masonic Lodge Order. He developed his monumental masonry company based on the use of the distinctive grey white marble at a quarry near Warialda. This is the distinctive style of his honour rolls and a similar one can be seen at the Uralla Central School. He developed a number of honour rolls throughout the North West and New England Regions. He died in Narrabri in December 1950.
The honour roll is still located at the front of the school building. The Gunnedah Public School has moved to a new site and the site is now occupied by the Carinya Christian School.
GUNNEDAH PUBLIC SCHOOL HONOUR ROLL
Australian Commonwealth Military Forces
For King and Country
|Rank||Given Name||Family Name||Conflict/s||Fate||Service No.||Service||Unit||Campaign||Link|
|Private||Joe||Appleby||First World War, 1914–18||1518||Australian Army - First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF)||3rd Machine Gun Battalion||view|
|L||Audit||First World War, 1914–18||view|
|Lieutenant||Cecil||Ayling||First World War, 1914–18||2105||Australian Army - First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF)||20th Battalion||view|
|Driver||J||Babbage||First World War, 1914–18||Killed in action (KIA)||25655||Australian Army - First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF)||55th Battalion||Somme 1916 - 1917||view|
|Driver||Alf||Baldwin||First World War, 1914–18||4736||Australian Army - First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF)||56th Battalion||view|
|G||Baldwin||First World War, 1914–18||view|
|Private||Harold||Ballard||First World War, 1914–18||Killed in action (KIA)||4730||Australian Army - First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF)||54th Battalion||Somme 1916 - 1917||view|
|Private||H Edward||Ballard||First World War, 1914–18||5034||Australian Army - First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF)||54th Battalion||view|
|Sapper||AH||Bashford||First World War, 1914–18||2813||Australian Army - First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF)||7th Field Company Engineers||view|
|Sapper||Albert||Bedford||First World War, 1914–18||6312||Australian Army - First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF)||7th Field Company Engineers||view|
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