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Location E.P. Hole Gardens, Kennedy Highway & Cook Streets, Atherton, Tablelands - Queensland, Australia
Type memorial
Description

It is a handsome sandstone monument with a life-sized statue of a soldier on a tall pedestal with an octagonal base. The statue is in an aggressive pose, striding forwards with raised arm, wearing tin helmet and gas mask, and holding a rifle with fixed bayonet. It is a figure of victory, advancing from the trenches, rather than the passive figure of mourning familiar to many Australian war memorials. The pedestal, which is capped by a wide cornice, has two leaded marble plates: the WWI plate on the front and the later plate on the back. The plates bear the names of the local fallen soldiers: 67 for WWI and 35 for WW2.
The monument has appropriate surrounds in the road reserve: a war trophy, flagstaff, neat flower beds and large poinciana trees. The monument is relatively intact, though painted. The lower step of the base was lost in the re-location. The rifle, which was originally lost has been replaced in recent years.

Queenslands only soldier-type war memorial with a statue in animated pose

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Built Melrose & Fenwick
Opened 25 April 1924 by Chairman of the Tinaroo Shire, Mr Grau.
Inscription

Lest We Forget.

This monument is dedicated to the glorious memory of the men of the Atherton Tableland who fought and paid the supreme sacrifice in the Great War 1914 - 1918

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Unveiled 25/4/24

Lest We Forget.

This monument is dedicated to the glorious memory of the men of the Atherton Tableland who fought and paid the supreme sacrifice in World War Two 1939 - 1945

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Unveiled 25th April 1954

Condition

Good

Names

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KEARNEY, James Hugh O'Neill

Service number A994
Lieutenant
25th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 26 Sep 1893

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FLEGLER, Henry Peter

Service number 1619
Trooper
4 Battalion Imperial Camel Corps
AIF WW1
Born 1 Apr 1888

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CARR, William Thorn

Service number 6125
Private
58th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 4 Oct 1892

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KINGCOMBE, Henry Edward Phipps

Service number 1196
Lance Corporal
9th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 7 Jan 1892

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LEE, Thomas Henry

Service number 5864
Private
25th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1891

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FRASER, Gordon

Service number 5090
Private
47th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1878

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HIDES, John Gordon

Service number 1134
Private
2nd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 14 Nov 1890

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HALLORAN, Thomas Michael

Service number 3447
Private
47th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 15 May 1895

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