Tenterfield Mounted Rifles South Africa War Memorial

Tenterfield Mounted Rifles South Africa War Memorial, front view and surroundingsTenterfield Mounted Rifles South Africa War Memorial, front panelTenterfield Mounted Rifles South Africa War Memorial, left panelTenterfield Mounted Rifles South Africa War Memorial, right panelTenterfield Mounted Rifles South Africa War Memorial, back panel

The memorial features a sandstone statue of a rifleman, standing at ease holding a carbine rifle in his right hand. He stands atop a sandstone dome, supported by a granite and sandstone pillar base, with decorative marble columns supporting the dome. Marble plaaques are attached to the base of the monument. 

The Maitland Weekly Mercury, 21 March 1903, published the below description of the memorial:

A sandstone plinth covers the panels and carries four short sandstone bases supporting four solid marble columns. In the space between the columns is a sandstone die, bearing the crest and motto of the Rifles. The motto is Toujours Pret–"Always Ready". 

The statue was cut out of Ravensfield sandstone ... and is the work of Charles O'Kelly, a Sydney sculptor. 

The memorial was designed to commemorate three members of the Tenterfield Mounted Rifles who lost their lives in South Africa, during the Boer War. It was established by the comrades of the fallen soldiers and the construction work was undertaken by Stonemason Browne, of Maitland. The memorial was unveiled by Colonel Onslow from Sydney on 22 April 1903.

The memorial is located in front of the Tenterfield and District Soldiers Memorial Hall.

  • Granite
  • Marble
  • Sandstone

Front panel

by the Tenterfield Mounted Rifles
in memory of their three comrades
who fell in South Africa
during the Boer War 1900–1902.

Left panel

Died from enteric fever at Bloemfontein
3rd April 1900

Right panel

Died from enteric fever at Pretoria
19th November 1901

Back panel

Killed at Elands River
18th August 1900

Veterans listed on this memorial

Rank Given Name Family Name Conflict/s Fate Service No. Service Unit Campaign Link
Trooper William Bender Boer War KIA 19/07/1900 178 Colonial Military Forces Mt Rifles - NSW A Sqd Palmersfontein, South Africa view
Trooper Arthur Percy Britten Grey South African Died 9/11/1900 201 Colonial Military Forces NSW Citizen Bushmen Pretoria, South Africa view
Sergeant-Major James Mitchell Boer War KIA 17/8/1900 130, 508 Colonial Military Forces Tenterfield Squadron M.R., NSW Citizen Bushmen Elands River, South Africa view
Tenterfield and District Soldiers Memorial Hall
96 Molesworth Street
Tenterfield NSW 2372
Local Government Area
  • Tenterfield Shire
  • Roadside
Memorial type
  • Monument
Recorded by
Graham Wilson OAM
Established date
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Dedication date: 
Dedication date
22 April 1903
  • South African War (Boer War), 1899–1902

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