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Howell Public School First World War Roll of Honour, Tingha

Howell Public School First World War Roll of Honour, Tingha
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Description / Background

The memorial is a polished timber honour roll for the First World War. It is a large rectangular board, with a uniquely designed top piece that has an undulating shape. Painted in full colour, above the list of names, are the crossed Union Jack and Australian flags. Below them is a ribbon banner, painted in gold and white, bearing the name of Howell Public School.

The roll lists 54 veterans of the war, with one man, E. McCrohen, listed twice. The craftsmanship evident in the timberwork demostrates the roll was constructed by a professional cabinet marker. However, the painting and lettering of the names appears uneven and imprecise, suggesting it was not done by a skilled sign writer.

Planning for the memorial was underway by mid-1918. A welcome home function was given for Private H. Lute at the Howell Federal Hall on 6 June 1918. In their report of the event, the Tingha Advocate and North-Western Journal, 21 June, stated:

Howell has responded well to the Empire's call, and a movement is on foot to erect an Honor Roll to perpetuate the memory of these heroes.

Specific details regarding the construction and unveiling of the roll are unknown. However, as it references the school, we can assume it once resided there. It is now located in the Tingha Sports and Recreation Club. Access to it is restricted to the opening hours of the club. 

Howell is a mining village near Tingha, NSW. The Howell Public School was opened in March 1900 and closed in October 1942.

Note: Research on the veterans listed in the table below was done using The A.I.F. Project database, the National Australian Archives Military Records, and the website, 'Inverell Remembers World War 1'.

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Roll of Honor
Howell Public School
[Names]

Veterans listed on this memorial

Last held rank Given name Family name Conflict/s Service No. Service Campaign Read more
A Adams First World War, 1914–18 view
Lieutenant E Bartley First World War, 1914–18 1853 Australian Army - First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF) view
Private P Bartley First World War, 1914–18 705 Australian Army - First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF) view
Private R. Bartley First World War, 1914–18 1785 Australian Army - First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF) Ypres Salient 1917 view
C Baylis First World War, 1914–18 view
Sapper E Brennan First World War, 1914–18 5077 Australian Army - First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF) view
R. Brennan First World War, 1914–18 view
Private G Chigwidden First World War, 1914–18 1626 Australian Army - First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF) Somme 1918 view
Lieutenant C Clarke First World War, 1914–18 1540 Australian Army - First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF) view
E Connelly First World War, 1914–18 view

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Address
Tingha Sport and Recreation Club
New Valley Road
Tingha NSW 2369
Local Government Area
Inverell Shire
Setting
Building – outside
Location status
Moved/altered
Memorial type
Board/roll/plaque/tablet
Recorded by
David Wiedemann. Graham Wilson.
Conflict/s
First World War, 1914–18
Materials
Timber