Rose Park Burnside District Fallen Soldiers' Memorial Back to Search

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Location Corner Prescott Terrace and Alexandra Avenue, Rose Park, South Australia, Australia
Type memorial
Description

The bronze statue by the Australian sculptor Charles 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.

As it happens we can be even more specific - it relates to the Battle of Mont St Quentin, one of the great victories of the AIF.

This statue appears to be modelled on a figure in the AWM WW1 diorama of the capture of Mont St Quentin. The designer / sculptor 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 an adjacent precinct including the avenues of trees in Alexandra Avenue and Prescott Terrace, at the base of which are brass discs commemorating the 87 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.

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Built Unveiled 14 December 1924 Manufactured by what appears to be a French foundry. More research required. Sculptor: Charles 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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BENNETT, Frederick Reginald

Service number 1860
Private
16th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 2 Jun 1883

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SOUTH (SCHMELZKOPF), Albert Carl

Service number 46
Second Lieutenant
Australian Flying Corps (AFC)
AIF WW1
Born 27 Nov 1896

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OWEN-SMYTH, Trevor

Service number Officer
Lieutenant
10th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 4 Apr 1886

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SHEPLEY, Clarence Brushfield

Service number 62348
Private
Born 12 Feb 1899

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GURNER, Leonard

Service number Commi...
Lieutenant
60th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 16 Jul 1894

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WILLMOTT, William Thomas

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

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SUHARD, Noel Murray Dalton

Service number 12762
Private
11th to 15th Depot Unit of Supply
AIF WW1
Born 1896

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LEAVER, Graham Holland

Service number 2557
Lieutenant
10th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 5 Sep 1896

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