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Young Wallsend Great War Roll of Honour

Young Wallsend Great War Roll of Honour
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Young Wallsend Great War Roll of Honour
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Young Wallsend Great War Roll of Honour, close-up of names
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Young Wallsend Great War Roll of Honour, close-up of pediment
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Young Wallsend Great War Roll of Honour, close-up of carving on pediment
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Young Wallsend Great War Roll of Honour, close-up of carving on pediment
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Young Wallsend Great War Roll of Honour, close-up of capital on column
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Young Wallsend Great War Roll of Honour, close-up of carving on base
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Young Wallsend Great War Roll of Honour, close-up of carving on base
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Young Wallsend Great War Roll of Honour, hanging on wall
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Description / Background

This memorial is a timber roll of honour for the First World War. It is a large-scale piece, measuring approximately 2.2 meters tall by 1.4 metres wide and is richly decorated with carvings. The pediment features an interpretation of the Australian Coat of Arms, with a kangaroo and emu flanking a wreath and a Rising Sun emblem. The animals are standing on a carved banner emblazoned with the words 'Advance Australia', printed in gold. Below this is a panel featuring three images. In the centre, Britannia is shown shaking hands with an Australian soldier. On either side are matching carvings of waratahs and foliage. The base of the board has a similar panel with three images. The centre image contains the shadow of an enemy soldier frightening a woman and child. On either side are matching panels decorated with other Australian flowers.  

The pediment is supported by two columns, topped with carved capitals. Between the columns is the centre panel on which are the names of 21 veterans from the district who served in the war. They are expertly printed in gold, across two columns. Three are marked with a gold star, indicating they died in service.

The memorial was unveiled at Smith's Hall on 9 November 1917. The unveiling ceremony was reported in detail in the Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate the next day. The writer described the roll as follows:

The memorial is one of which the people can well be proud. It is of massive proportions, standing six feet four inches high, with a breadth of four feet nine inches. It is composed of Queensland maple, and is embellished with appropriate carvings. The work was entrusted to Mr. W. Bennett, of Wickham, at a cost of £36, and clever craftsmanship is evident in every feature of the memorial.

Shortly after the unveiling, the roll was moved to the School of Arts (Newcastle Morning Herald, 17 November 1917). It can now be found inside the Edgeworth Memorial Neighbourhood Centre, hanging alongside the Young Wallsend Second World War Roll of Honour. Access to it is restricted to the opening hours of the centre.

Note on veterans: E Stephen is unable to be traced/identified with links to the surrounding area on The A.I.F. Project or National Archives of Australia databases. 

Inscription

[Advance Australia]

Erected by the citizens of Young Wallsend
1914 . The Great War . 1918
Roll of Honour
[Names]

Veterans listed on this memorial

Last held rank Given name Family name Conflict/s Service No. Service Campaign Read more
Corporal J A Bainbridge First World War, 1914–18 1927 Australian Army - First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF) view
Private C E Blackett First World War, 1914–18 368 Australian Army - First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF) view
Private J H Brewer First World War, 1914–18 2069 Australian Army - First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF) view
Private H W Drew First World War, 1914–18 1639 Australian Army - First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF) view
Sapper H Durkin First World War, 1914–18 6675 Australian Army - First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF) view
Private A Farrar First World War, 1914–18 2313 Australian Army - First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF) view
Lance Corporal C H Geary First World War, 1914–18 440 Australian Army - First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF) view
Private G E Geary First World War, 1914–18 790 Australian Army - First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF) view
Private T E Geary First World War, 1914–18 4428 Australian Army - First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF) view
Lance Corporal W J Geary First World War, 1914–18 782 Australian Army - First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF) view

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Address
Edgeworth Memorial Neighbourhood Centre
3 Minmi Road
Edgeworth NSW 2285
Local Government Area
Lake Macquarie, City of
Setting
Building – inside
Location status
Moved/altered
Memorial type
Board/roll/plaque/tablet
Recorded by
Ronald L McIntosh
Dedication date
09 November 1917
Conflict/s
First World War, 1914–18
Materials
Timber