Busselton Rotary Park Of Remembrance War Memorial

Details

Location Rotary Park, 26 Causeway Road, Busselton, Western Australia, Australia
Type memorial
Description

At the tip of a sword sit several sandstone slabs, guarding the names of those who have fallen while serving their country.
The City of Busselton's new war memorial will be open to the public on April 22, just in time for Anzac Day, and the Busselton RSL is thrilled with the new development.
The old memorial, in Victoria Square on the corner of Albert and Queen streets, has several issues, according to the Busselton RSL president Steve Mott.
He said the monument was damaged, contained incorrect names and numbers, and its location made it less than ideal for veterans to pay their respects and reflect on the past.
It's not a place you can any type of service without interruption, or veterans can't just be there and reflect because it's on the busiest intersection in town.
The new location, in Rotary Park directly across from the town hall, offers a quiet waterfront area for everyone to pay their respects to the fallen.
Mr. Mott said the new park would be second to none in the region.
It will easily be the best memorial in the South West, he said.
With plans dating back to 2018, the new memorial is purpose built, Mr. Mott said.
Sandstone plinths taken from a Busselton quarry stand tall along a path built to resemble a sword, with a brazier for a flame sitting before the largest of the collection.
Along the path will be the names of 176 Busselton soldiers from World War I. Mr. Mott said this was unique for a memorial as the names are not jus those who died at war.
Everyone who came back from World War I put their name on a the memorial, he said.
The 37 men who did not return home will be honoured twice on the grounds of the new memorial.
The grounds will also have the names of the 33 soldiers who died in World War II and one soldier from the Vietnam War.
RSL member and Vietnam veteran Lourie Berryman has two uncles whose names will be etched into the sandstone.
Mr. Berryman said he was keen for the memorial to open. Form what I have seen it looks bloody fantastic, he said.
The stone will be consecrated at 10am on April 22 at a ceremony open to the public.
The consecration and completion of the park completion of the park comes just in time for Anzac Day, with the new grounds set to host this years dawn service.
Craig Duncan

Read more...
Built Not yet discovered
Opened 22 April 2024
Inscription

Condition

New

Names

Showing 8 people of interest from memorial

BAIRD, Patrick Thomas George

Service number 4068
Private
28th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born Feb 1894

BARNETT, Stuart John

Service number 5715206
Private
Born 1 Nov 1946

SAVAGE, Alfred Fordham

Service number 481
Sergeant
11th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1894

HOLLANDS, James Albert

Service number WX31475
Flight Sergeant
No. 100 Squadron (RAAF)
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 26 Mar 1912

EDWARDS, Thomas Henry

Service number WX7620
Private
2nd/4th Machine Gun Battalion
Australian Military Forces (WW2)
Born 3 Sep 1900

MCNESS, Norman Hurtle Charles

Service number WX6004
Private
2nd/28th Infantry Battalion
Australian Military Forces (WW2)
Born 12 May 1912

SUTTON , Clarence Edward

Service number 898
Trooper
10th Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1
Born 16 Nov 1886

ARMSTRONG, Christopher

Service number 2342
Private
11th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1 Feb 1895

Showing 4 of 6 images.
Click images to start slideshow.