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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ROBIN, James Keeling

Service number Officer
Lieutenant
4th Light Trench Mortar Battery
AIF WW1
Born 21 Oct 1887

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GILBERT, Frederick

Service number 5576
Private
27th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1

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FULLER, Charles Alan

Service number 1131
Private
Born 6 Oct 1895

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DELBRIDGE, Sandford Rhodes

Service number 2354
Sergeant
27th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 17 Jan 1895

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ROBIN, Geoffrey De Quetteville

Service number 329
Sergeant
53rd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 11 Jan 1895

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PREST, Eric Alan

Service number 3213
Private
50th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 18 Jun 1893

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POLLE, Joseph Louis

Service number 164
Private
32nd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1 Mar 1893

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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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