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Location Corner Kintore Avenue and North Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Type memorial
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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COOMBS, Kennion

Service number 2314
Private
48th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 19 Aug 1896

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CHANDLER, Percival George

Service number 2866
Private
32nd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 8 Nov 1887

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GILES, Robert Summers

Service number 7438
Sergeant
10th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 29 Feb 1884

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DRIDAN, Victor Gillard

Service number OFFICER
Lieutenant
50th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 3 Jul 1895

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SMALLACOMBE, Gordon Phillip

Service number 6896
Private
48th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 28 Dec 1898

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MARTIN, Reuben Vivian

Service number 2658
Private
50th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 4 Oct 1890

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WOOD, Robert William

Service number 2899
Private
43rd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born Sep 1896

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PERRY, Raymond Basil

Service number 1965
Corporal
27th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 19 Jul 1893