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Location Corner Kintore Avenue and North Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Type Monuments
Description

A large arched monument made from Harcourt granite, Macclesfield marble and bronze. In the centre of the arch is a figure of the Winged Spirit of Duty made of Angaston white marble holding a Crusader's sword in his hands as a cross, symbolising battle and sacrifice. In front of the Spirit, is a bronze statue of three figures mounted on a grey granite pedestal. The figures are of a farmer with a plough, a student and a young girl looking up at the spirit. On the left is an entrance to the crypt with bronze flagpole supporters above either corner. On the right is a similar configuration. At the back in the arch is the figure of a winged spirit depicting a woman holding a sheathed crusaders sword in her right hand the symbolism of the finality of war. The body of a naked man is cradled on her left arm; in her left hand she holds a wreath. Below the winged spirit is the fountain of compassion; a crowned lion's head dispenses water into a pool. In the crypt, a sealed globe in an ornate ceiling lights the room and 14 large bronze plaques circumvent the walls.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT/DATE: Adelaide council archives, file # 2718. RSL War Memorial brochure 24 Feb 02, Jocelyn Talmage 20 Oct 03.

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Built BUILT BY: Sculptor: G. Raynor-Hoff. Architects: Woods, Bagot, Tory & L.Laybourne-Smith. Bronze figures cast by A.W. Dobbie & Co Ltd. Adelaide. Contractor, Monumental Works Ltd., at a cost of approximately £30,000, paid for by the South Australian Government
Opened 25 April 1931 by Governor Brig-Gen Sir Alexander Hore-Ruthven
Inscription

Face: Pedestal:
TO PERPETUATE THE

COURAGE LOYALTY AND SACRIFICE OF THOSE WHO SERVED IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918
Left: Plaque: Inverted wreath
EGYPT

GALLIPOLI PALESTINE Back: Below angel:
ALL HONOUR GIVE

TO THOSE WHO NOBLY STRIVING NOBLY FELL THAT WE MIGHT LIVE

Right: Plaque: FRANCE BELGIUM In crypt:

From the left entrance, circumventing around the walls and back to the left entrance are bronze panels with the names of those who paid the supreme sacrifice. Engraved in the granite around the top of the crypt above the panels are the words:

1914 - MEN OF ANZAC – 1918 THEIR GLORY SURVIVES IN EVERLASTING REMEMBRANCE NOT GRAVES IN STONE BUT ENSHRINED FOR ALL TIME IN THE HEARTS OF MEN

Condition

Good, maintained by Adelaide City Council

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Names

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RANCLAUD, William

Service number 4856
Private
50th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 3 Oct 1896

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COLLEY, Mark William

Service number 1632
Private
43rd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 30 Dec 1874

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BROGAN, James

Service number 1887
Private
48th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 20 Jul 1892

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WALKER, Douglas Henry

Service number 2896
Private
1st Machine Gun Company
AIF WW1

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SMITH, Malcolm St Aiden Teesdale

Service number 286
Private
10th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 31 May 1890

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ROGERS, John Stanley

Service number 1758
Gunner
6th Field Artillery Brigade
AIF WW1
Born 9 Feb 1891

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EVANS, Victor Arthur

Service number 1918
Private
27th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 21 Jan 1894

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KAIN, Roy

Service number 3331

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