Newcastle (Gardner Memorial) War Memorial

Details

Location Hunter & Bolton Streets, Newcastle, Hunter Region - New South Wales, Australia
Type memorial
Description

Its erection was sponsored by a local resident and retired Naval Officer Commander Frank Gardner VD (Volunteer Decoration) while the pedestal and setting were designed by a local architect Edward Tingle. A local stone mason Thomas Brown carved the pedestal while the marble soldier atop the memorial was carved to order by an artisan in Italy. The soldier is carved with arms reversed and head bowed. The pedestal is carved from Bowral Trachyte with four marble Corinthian columns at each corner. Marble plaques are set on the four faces of the pedestal, the main plaque facing east and the remaining four faces containing a list of the dead from the local area.

The pedestal is unusual in that it incorporates a drinking fountain (a similar design stands at Thirroul), it is also rather ornate in style and in this is representative of memorials designed early in the war (see the similarly ornate early war memorial at Balmain). Later memorials from the Great War tended to be less ornate.

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Built Monument Designer: Ernest Tingle Monument Manufacturer: T. Browne (Maitland, NSW)
Opened 16 September 1916 by Commander Frank Gardner, V.D.
Inscription

Roll of Honor.

This Fountain Was Presented by Commander Frank Gardner V. D.

In Memory Of The Officers And Men Of Newcastle Who Gave Their Lives To Uphold The Honor Of The British Empire

E. Tingle Thom. Brown
Architect Sculptor

Newcastle Newcastle

Left Inscription
Plaque :

35th Infantry Battalion
"Newcastle`s Own"

WORLD WAR 1 BATTLES IN FRANCE AND FLANDERS 1916-1918
Villers-Bretonneux : Messines : Accroche Wood : Curlu :
Morlancourt : Passchendaele : Bray-Sur-Somme : Hindenberg Line :
IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO SERVED AND THOSE WHO MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE

LEST WE FORGET

[ Names ]

Back Inscription
[ Names ]

Condition

Good - fountain no longer operates

Names

Showing 8 people of interest from memorial

DUDLEY, Albert Edward

Service number 3720
Private
1st Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 12 Jan 1885

SPURR, Arthur William

Service number 617
Private
4th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 4 Aug 1891

GILLAM, Gordon Selwyn

Service number 6993
Corporal
4th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 30 Apr 1889

DALTON, Clarence Bernard

Service number 2011
Private
30th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 19 Mar 1896

KALER, Charles

Service number 277
Lieutenant
13th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1

BELFORD, Eldred James

Service number 3255
Lance Corporal
1st Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 22 Aug 1894

FITZGERALD, Richard McGuinness

Second Lieutenant
18th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1

RUSH, Bertie Danson

Lieutenant
30th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 27 Jan 1890

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