At a meeting of the Inverell Public School Parents and Citizen's Association in June 1951, it was decided to plant trees in the school grounds in memory of ex-students who gave their lives in the Second World War. Thirty trees had been ordered and were expected to arrive that month. An appeal was made to relatives to supply names of the ex-students. On Saturday 16 June, a working bee was to be held to dig holes for the trees (The Inverell Times, 15 June 1951). A further report concerning the project was published in the Inverell Times on 4 July.
The trees were planted on Wednesday, 18 July 1951 and included silky oak, sugar gum, and lemon scented gum. The Times published a detailed report of the ceremony two days later. At that stage, seven names had been received by Headmaster Mr Bofinger: Robert L Burtenshaw, Ronald P Burtenshaw, Donald H Caine, George A Guan, Vincent C Nesbitt, Douglas H Turner, and William R Wicks. It was planned to install plaques inscribed with their names near the trees once they had matured and to have different classes care for the trees.
As at 2021, several trees remain on site; however, there is no evidence of any memorial plaques nearby.
Memorial does not include inscription.
|Rank||Given Name||Family Name||Conflict/s||Fate||Service No.||Service||Unit||Campaign||Link|
|Private||Robert L||Burtenshaw||Second World War, 1939–45||NX31923||Australian Army - Second Australian Imperial Force (2nd AIF)||2/18th Australian Infantry Battalion||view|
|Corporal||Ronald P||Burtenshaw||Second World War, 1939–45||NX31922 (269449)||Australian Army - Second Australian Imperial Force (2nd AIF)||74th Light Aid Detachment||view|
|Lance Sergeant||Donald H||Caine||Second World War, 1939–45||NX40798||Australian Army - Second Australian Imperial Force (2nd AIF)||19th Australian Works Company||view|
|Private||George A||Guan||Second World War, 1939–45||NX30145||Australian Army - First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF)||2/20th Australian Infantry Battalion||view|
|Private||Vincent C||Nesbitt||Second World War, 1939–45||NX40390||Australian Army - Second Australian Imperial Force (2nd AIF)||2/18th Australian Infantry Battalion||view|
|Gunner||Douglas H||Turner||Second World War, 1939–45||NX117929 (N168602)||Australian Army - Second Australian Imperial Force (2nd AIF)||Australian Fixed Defences Heavy Artillery||view|
|Flight Sergeant||William R||Wicks||Second World War, 1939–45||420369||Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)||12th Squadron (RAF)||view|