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Location Anne & Gosport Streets, Moree, Moree Plains - New South Wales, Australia
Type memorial
Description

Raised blocks along pathway with plaques

Built Not yet discovered
Opened 12 March 2016
Inscription

ANZAC Centenary Memorial

Officially opened by His Excellency the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) Governor of New South Wales

Saturday 12 March 2016

This memorial is a place to honour and remember the sacrifice of all men and women from the Moree region who fought and died in World War I.

In February 1916, local men enlisted to fight for `King and Country`. They left Moree by train travelling to Armidale for basic army training, forming what would become the first 33rd Australian Imperial Force (AIF) Battalion. This march became known as the Kurrajong March, one of the many enlistment marches in NSW at that time. The Kurrajong tree commonly found in the Moree landscape is a hardy tree, symbolic of those who volunteered in WWI. Many were never to return.

The shape of the Kurrajong leaf and seed pod is the same shape as the shoulder patch of the 33rd AIF Battalion. The Battalion left Australia in May 1915 for further training in the United Kingdom, before travelling to France, joining the Western Front in November 1916.

They served in major battles over the next two years including Messines, Passchendaele and Villers - Bretonneux. A row of Kurrajong trees has been planted along Gosport Street in rememberance of these men.

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HOCKEY, Cecil Percy

Service number 681
Private
4th Pioneer Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 6 Jun 1889

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ROSE, Albert Henry

Service number 4258
Private
20th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born Apr 1888

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MARTIN, Francis

Service number 3430
Private
56th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 12 Oct 1880

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WRAY, Frederick

Service number 5663
Private
17th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1

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NELSON, Alexander Edward

Service number 4860
Private
55th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born Feb 1889

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BEATTIE, Edward Leslie

Service number 1036
Private
2nd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1895

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CUNNINGTON, Thomas

Service number 394
Sergeant
33rd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1884

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HAWKE, Watkin Williams

Service number 2260
Second Lieutenant
4th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 4 Dec 1894

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