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Location The Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Type memorial
Description

The Sailors` and Soldiers` War Memorial is a clock tower surmounted by a statue of a `digger` which was erected in memory of the fallen of World War One. The names of two women appear on the list of the fallen.

Originally the memorial had a 4-faced electric clock, which served as the town clock however the clock is now missing and clock dials have since been painted to represent 4.28am, the time of the original landing of the ANZAC`s on Gallipoli. The memorial was the most costly World War One memorial in Queensland.

It was relocated to its present position in 1972.

"The memorial was unveiled on Anzac Day 1926 by His Worship, The Mayor of Cairns, Alderman A.J.Draper. The cost of the memorial which was erected by Melrose and Fenwick was £2074. After the day portion of the ceremony was completed at 9pm that night the "Last Post" was sounded by Bugler H Brown, a native of the Etheridge District, in front of a silent crowd of between 600 and 700 persons."
Townsville Daily Bulletin, 29th April 1926.

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Built Melrose & Fenwick
Opened 25 April 1926 by Alderman A J Draper, Mayor of Cairns
Inscription

TO THE SACRED MEMORY OF
THOSE WHO ENLISTED FROM
CAIRNS AND MADE THE
SUPREME SACRIFICE
IN THE GREAT WAR
1914 - 1918

THE MOMENTS PASS, BUT NE'ER SHALL DIE
THE MEMORY OF OUR HONOURED DEAD.
WHO MARCHING WHITHER DUTY LEAD
WITH DEATH, MET IMMORTALITY

THE NAMES OF THOSE WHO PAID THE PRICE FOR US
AND FOR THE LAND WE LOVE
BE BEACON FIRES TO ALL WHO MOVE
ON LOWLIER WAYS OF SACRIFICE

HOW SLEEP THE BRAVE WHO SINK TO REST
BY ALL THEIR COUNTRY'S WISHES BLEST.

(Names)

GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS

(Names)

THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE

(Names)

Condition

Good

Names

Showing 8 people of interest from memorial

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CORNFORD, Henry George

Service number 901
Sergeant
1st Pioneer Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 13 Mar 1890

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O'NEILL, William

Service number 4258
Sergeant
9th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 22 Jan 1886

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HALL, Nicholson Rowdgers

Service number 2270
Private
42nd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1 Mar 1896

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MARETT, Cubert Edward

Service number 179
Private
25th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1

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LAWSON, George

Service number 5119
Private
12th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 27 Jan 1887

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LINDE, John Alfred Robert

Service number 2659
Lance Corporal
4th Pioneer Battalion
AIF WW1
Born Apr 1888

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BRIDGE, Herbert

Service number 2626
Private
52nd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 19 Mar 1896

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DALZIEL, George Robert

Service number 5673
Private
9th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1