Yetman First World War Roll of Honour

Yetman First World War Roll of Honour, possibly c 1918
Description

This memorial is one of two timber honour rolls for the First World War displayed inside the Yetman Memorial Hall. It is a vertical board with a triangular pediment and carved columns on the left and right sides. The other roll is a horizontal board with carved linear details, giving it an art deco appearance.

Both rolls include the same names, but they are presented in different ways. This roll lists the names in the order of first initial followed by surname (e.g. L Andrews), whereas the second roll is listed in the order of surname followed by initials (e.g. Andrews L). On both boards, the same five veterans are marked as killed in action.

There are also slight differences in the inscriptions. This roll uses the term 'Roll of Honour' while the second uses 'Honor Roll'; the years are also marked as 1914–1919 and 1914–1918 respectively. The inscriptions and names on both are painted in gold.

From an article in the Warialda Standard and Northern Districts' Advertiser published on 9 September 1918, it is known one of the two was established circa 1918 and was originally located in the Yetman School; at the time of publication, the roll was reported to have 36 names, with more to be added upon the individual's enlistment.. It is possible the aforementioned memorial is this roll, due to the more traditional pediment design. It was likely relocated from the school to the hall as noted in the below excerpt from Yetman, Yesterday and Today, published by the Yetman Bicentennial Committee in 1988:

Prior to World War II Anzac Day Services were held at the school with Mrs McPherson unveiling the Honour Roll. She had donated the Honour Roll to the school and also to St Andrews C of E Church in memory of her son who was killed at Gallipoli in 1915 … Honour Roll [were] also placed in the Memorial Hall after it was completed in 1935.

It is possible that the second roll was unveiled on 5 July 1947, alongside a roll for the Second World War. On 14 July, the Standard reported on a well-attended ceremony at the hall and refers to the "1914–1918" war, which matches the inscription on the board. 

Access to the memorials is restricted to the opening hours of the hall.

Materials
  • Timber
Inscription

YETMAN
Roll of Honour
1914 PATRIOTS 1919
[Names]
✝ Killed

Veterans listed on this memorial

Address
Yetman Memorial Hall
Warialda Street
Yetman NSW 2410
Local Government Area
  • Inverell Shire
Setting
  • Building – inside
Location status
Moved/altered
Possibly moved from the Yetman School to the Yetman Memorial Hall sometime after 1918
Memorial type
  • Board/roll/plaque/tablet
Recorded by
Graham Wilson
Established Date format: 
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Established date
'; print $new_date; } else{ print ''; }
Conflict/s
  • First World War, 1914–18

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