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Location Molesworth Street, Tenterfield, Tenterfield Municipality - New South Wales, Australia
Type memorial
Description

It is a splendid structure, about 14ft. high. The nether base will be of New England granite, about 6ft. square. On this will be placed a sandstone base, 4ft. square, and about 12in. thick. Above are four marble panels, bearing four inscriptions. A sandstone plinth covers the panels, and carries four short sandstone bases supporting four solid marble columns. In the space between the columns is a sandstone die, bearing the crest and motto of the Rifles. The motto is Toujours Pret — "Always ready."

Moulded caps and a cornice of sandstone surmount the columns, and on top stands the statue of a rifleman, standing at ease, wearing an undress cap, and holding a grounded carbine in his right hand. The carbine is the genuine article, and is one that was taken to the war. The statue was cut out of Ravensfield sandstone (which yields itself readily to the chisel and mallet), and is the work of Mr. Chas. O'Kelly, a Sydney sculptor. It is an excellent portrayal. The inscription on the front marble panel is — "Erected by the Tenterfield Mounted Rifles, in memory of their three comrades who fell in South Africa during the Boer War, 1900-02." The rear panel is inscribed — "Sergeant-Major James Mitchell, killed at Elands River, 18th August, 1900." The other panels bear respectively the wording — " Trooper Arthur Percy Britten Grey, died from enteric fever at Pretoria, 19th November, 1901;" and "Trooper William Bender, died from enteric fever at Bloemfontein, 3rd. April, 1900." The monument is an excellent piece of work, of which Mr. Browne and his workmen may well feel proud. And it is proof that the memory of the dead warriors have a warm place in the hearts of their comrades of the Tenterfield Mounted Rifles.

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Built Monument Designer: Charles O`Kelly (sculptor, statue) Monument Manufacturer: Browne (Maitland, NSW)
Opened 22 April 1903 by Colonel Onslow
Inscription

Erected by the Tenterfield Mounted Rifles in memory of their three comrades who fell in South Africa during the Boer War 1900-1902

Browne. Maitland

Left Side Inscription
Trooper William Bender
Died from Enteric Fever at Bloemfontein
3rd April 1900

Back Inscription
Sergeant-Major James Mitchell
Killed at Elands River
18th August 1900

Right Side Inscription
Trooper Arthur Percy Britten Grey.
Died from Enteric Fever at Pretoria
19th November 1901

Condition

Good

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GREY, Arthur Percy Briton

Service number 201
Trooper
Born 1875

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