Gayndah War Memorial

Details

Location Capper Street, Gayndah, North Burnett - Queensland, Australia
Type memorial
Description

The concrete structure sits on a wide stepped base, also of concrete apart from the central portion of the upper step which is marble veneered. The structure itself comprises a flat central section capped with a triangular pediment and flanked by two square pillars with a simple repetitive motif on the front faces. The pillars are surmounted by artillery shells encircled with bronze wreaths. At the foot of each pillar are bronze plaques commemorating later conflicts.

The bronze honour board is mounted on the central section. It displays the names of the local men who served in the First World War with those who died identified by a small crown after their name. The five columns of names are centrally located on the board and are covered by clear glass in a metal frame.

The upper section of the board is capped with scrollwork flanking a female figure of Britannia holding a shield of 'Liberty'. The figure stands above a laurel wreath encircling crossed flags and the words FOR KING AND COUNTRY. An oval plaque indicating the origins of the memorial sits below the wreaths and is flanked by AIF badges. The words ROLL OF HONOUR follow the line of the scrollwork. On each side of this central section are pilasters capped by figures of mounted Light Horsemen above the dates 1914 - 1919. Relief work of infantry men are displayed at the bottom of each pilaster.

The lower section of the board displays oval plaques in each corner with relief work of an emu and a kangaroo. Additional relief work comprises a British lion and a kangaroo in the centre and cannons at each side.

A small commemorative garden includes a Krupps cannon and concrete slabs holding memorials commemorating personnel from the locality who served in World War Two, and later conflicts up to Afghanistan.

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Built Ernest Gunderson & Co (Brisbane, QLD)
Opened 8 September 1919 by Mr Bernard Corser M.L.A.
Inscription

ROLL OF HONOUR
FOR KING AND COUNTRY

PRESENTED TO THE RAWBELLE SHIRE COUNCIL AND GAYNDAH TOWN COUNCIL BY HAROLD H. WILSON IN HONOUR OF THE DISTRICT SOLDIERS

[ Names ]

ERECTED IN HONOUR OF OUR BRAVE MEN WHO VOLUNTEERED TO FIGHT IN THE GREAT WAR

Left Side Inscription
Plaque 1 :

In Remembrance Of Those Who Gave Their Lives In The Korean, Malayan And Vietnam Conflicts
Erected By Gayndah R.S.L.

Plaque 2 :

In Remembrance Of Those Who Gave Their Lives In The World War 1939 - 1945
Erected By Gayndah R.S.L.

Right Side Inscription
REMEMBER

...That freedom is the sure possession of those alone who have the courage to defend it Pericles

This expanded memorial was dedicated on the fiftieth anniversary of V-J Day 15th August 1995 by Major Gordon Petersen Chaplain ( Div. 2) Coord Chaplain 6 Bde to honour those from Gayndah Shire who served in the Second World War and later campaigns

Condition

Good

Names

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IZDEBSKI, Charles Victor

Service number OFFICER
Private
25th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 26 Jul 1887

ROBERTS, Robert Hugh Owen

Service number 504
Second Lieutenant
41st Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1

BOLDERY, Edward James

Service number Q135602
Private
Born 28 Jan 1922

WORLAND, John Joseph Harold

Service number 2224
Second Corporal
3rd Australian Light Railway Operating Company
AIF WW1
Born 28 Feb 1885

MAYFIELD, Frank Walton

Service number 6218
Private
15th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 6 Apr 1896

BAMBLING, Reginald Harley

Service number QX6943
Lance Sergeant
2nd/15th Infantry Battalion
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 15 Aug 1916

BRAZIER, Arthur Robert

Service number 2426
Private
2nd Machine Gun Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 12 Sep 1896

JOYCE, Horace Toovey

Service number 2678
Private
52nd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 9 Feb 1896

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