Rose Park M To the Fallen - Burnside District* Back to Search

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Location Corner Prescott Terrace and Alexander Avenue, Rose Park, South Australia, Australia
Type Monuments
Description

The bronze statue by the Australian sculptor C. Web Gilbert, to commemorate the fallen soldiers of the Burnside district, has arrived, and the work of erecting the granite pedestal to carry it has been begun. The statue is to stand on site of the war gun in the Soldiers' Memorial Gardens, Rose Park, near the intersection of Alexandra Avenue and Prescott Terrace. Panels on four sides of the granite base will contain the names of 87 fallen soldiers. The. Governor (Sir Tom Bridges) has consented to perform the unveiling ceremony on Sunday afternoon, December 14.
The Register (Adelaide), 15th November 1924.

The bronze figure of a WW1 soldier leaning forward with his left arm extended in the pose of a man about to lift a friend to 'hop the bags' or 'go over the top'. The right arm is extended behind holding out his rifle for balance.

This statue appears to be modelled on a figure in the AWM WW1 diorama of the capture of Mont St Quentin. The designer of the diorama and this memorial are one in the same, Mr Charles Web Gilbert, so the likeness is not a coincidence.

This effigy is surmounted on a two-tier granite black pedestal, which in turn, is set on a two-tier granite base. The monument is set in brick pavers. Bronze plaques are affixed to each face.

The Memorial is part of a nearby precinct including the avenues of trees in Alexandra Avenue and Prescott Terrace, at the base of which are brass discs commemorating the 89 men named on this memorial.

A similar memorial exists in Broken Hill, NSW entitled "The Bomber" also by C Web Gilbert. See the link to this ubiquitous sculptor's works which include the now lost original 2nd Division Memorial at Mont St Quentin, France.

The memorial is oriented to the east.

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Built Unveiled 14 December 1924 Manufactured by what appears to be a French foundry. More research required. Sculptor: C. Web Gilbert
Opened 14 December 1924 by HE The Governor of SA Sir Thomas Bridges
Inscription

Face: Top plaque

BURNSIDE DISTRICT
FALLEN SOLDIERS' MEMORIAL
GREAT WAR 1914-18

Condition

Good although the bronze figure is heavily oxidised

MAINTAINED BY: Burnside Council

PECULIARITIES/DAMAGE: Nil

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Names

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WILLMOTT, William Thomas

Service number 2788
Private
50th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 9 Jul 1899

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BATT, George

Service number 2329A
Sergeant
27th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 29 May 1893

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PENGEL, Archibald

Service number 2758B
Private
10th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 19 Oct 1892

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APPELBEE, Horace Robert

Service number 4747
Private
32nd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 23 Sep 1894

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BAUMANN, Oscar Eric

Service number 10
Sergeant
32nd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 21 Jun 1896

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PYBUS, Frederick Hagedorn

Service number 150
Private
10th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 2 Jun 1891

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HUGHES, Harold Gilmore

Service number 4497
Private
50th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 9 Dec 1893

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LATTA, Roy Allan

Service number 763
Sergeant
12th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 25 Jun 1890

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