Tongala Cavalry Memorial Vietnam 1965-1972 Back to Search

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Location Henderson Road, Tongala, Campaspe - Victoria, Australia
Type memorial

The memorial consists of seven, 2 metre high pillars of black granite with the names of 1200 veterans engraved in silver.

The central pillar includes the names of the various cavalry units who served together with a roll of honour engraved in gold for the 20 personnel killed on active service.

Built Not yet discovered
Opened 31 October 2011 by Major General David McLachlan, AO

Front Inscription
Plaque 1 :

This War Memorial was officially opened by Major General David McLachlan, AO State President of the Victorian Branch of the RSL, on Beersheba Day, the 31st October, 2011.

Lest We Forget

Plaque 2 :

This memorial has been erected to honour the men who served in the Cavalry of this Nation during the Vietnam War.

The rich black granite, etched in silver with the names of the men who served, reflects the traditional colours of the Corps. The seven pillars are reminiscent of sentinels, as these men were, guarding this country from the approaches of Communism. The "Sentinels", being divided from each other, remind us how the war divided this Country at that time.

The overall concept is shaped like a "T", and mimics the colour patch of the earlier Cavalry units of the WWII era. (9th Division Cavalry)

The two plants of native Australian Grass, with their distinctive plumage represent the feathered emu plumes worn on the slouch hat by the forebears of Cavalry, namely the Light Horse. The Rising Sun badge is the same as the one worn by Australian Military Forces when serving overseas. It is also there to remind us, that the Armoured Corps is but a part in the Australian Army overall.

The pathway, displaying the traditional colours of the Armoured Corps of black and silver, lead to the bold gold lettering of the names on the Honour Roll. Theirs are placed in Gold, to demonstrate the richness of sacrifice and everlasting remembrance, whilst the others are placed in Silver on the accompanying tablets. Gold, because it is more precious, denotes an expensive sacrifice, such was the loss of a fine body of young Australian men during that conflict. Silver, for the remainder, signify their living link with Armour.

The roses, of the colours of red and yellow, are the colour designator of Armour. The Rosemary aligned along the front of the memorial, is Rosemary struck from the original rosemary of Gallipoli, and represents, not only the Remembrance of Our Fallen, but also the connection with those soldiers who first forged the Australian identity of our armed forces at Gallipoli in 1915.

The infill between the roses is white scoria, denoting that the purpose of their efforts were clean and honourable, and the sacrifices made by the Fallen and survivors were devoid of shame and in the highest of ideals. The white, unspoiled earth in between should also remind us to constantly strive for peace, so no further blood should fall on the clean and unspoilt earth.



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CLEMENTS, Peter Edward

Service number 54570
Born 8 Apr 1945

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Service number 43941
Born 10 Dec 1948

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GILLARD, Robert James

Service number 3790395
3rd Cavalry Regiment
Australian Army (Post WW2)
Born 17 Jun 1946

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LUFF, Neville Francis

Service number 28325
3rd Cavalry Regiment
Australian Army (Post WW2)
Born 30 May 1935

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POMROY, Victor Ian

Service number 3786644
3rd Cavalry Regiment
Australian Army (Post WW2)
Born 6 Apr 1945

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DEWAR, Keith Ivan

Service number 5715633
Lance Corporal
Born 14 Oct 1947

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YOUNG, Robert George

Service number 1733547
Born 23 Mar 1947

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TOGNOLINI, Michael Peter

Service number 218453
3rd Cavalry Regiment
Australian Army (Post WW2)
Born 28 Feb 1951

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