Gilgandra War Memorial

Gilgandra War Memorial

The Gilgandra Library was opened in 1923 as the War Memorial Institute and a plaque with the names of the fallen was placed in the front of the building. In 1997 the plaques were moved to a new expanded site on the banks of the Castlereagh River. The new site hosts the names of the fallen in all wars and conflicts since the Boer War.

The next of kin of each serviceman who died, was sent a form from the Army  to record place of schooling, and which town to place his/her name on a local  memorial. Of course not every name has been recorded, some were misspelt or the name was added by family or friends, often by a nickname, different from the service record. Hene a few unconfirmed names on the memorials. 

 

When we stand at the Gilgandra War Memorial on Anzac Day and Remembrance Day, we say ‘Lest We Forget and We Will Remember Them’ but do we really know who they are and what happened to them?

We know who most of them are and we know some to their stories.

On the Gilgandra War Memorial George Pagan laid in a field in Fromelles, France for over 90 years before he was identified through DNA and reinterred at Pheasant Wood War Cemetery.  CA Finn, WT Hitchen and L Maguire were the Cooees that marched out from Gilgandra in October 1915.

We know that AH Buckley was awarded a Victoria Cross for his bravery in France, and which ones received the Military Cross or the Military Medal?

There were four sets of brothers who died, the Knuckey brothers, the Kelly brothers, the Lewis brothers and the McPherson brothers. What are the families stories as well as the men?

It is difficult to confirm all identities of the own names because  there were errors in spelling and not enough information to confirm the correct service record. Please contact WW1 Interest Group members, Margo Piggott or Tex Kilby if you now who these men are; A Aldridge, A Brown, EJ Cobcroft, JC Cox, B Currie, J Davis, M Doyle, C Duncan, J Fallon, BR King, SR Knight, WH Lord, C Lucas, WH Mason, HJ McAlvery, JW Morrison, C Prince, TH Smith and G Turner.

 

 

Names of WW1 Diggers who died

Service Number

Last Name

Initials

Actual Name/Number

 

 

 

 

 UC

Aldridge

A

 

481

Aldritt

R

 Ralph

1024

Biggs

R H

 Richard Henry

484

Brook MM

L S

 Louis Shannon

?1896

Brown

A

Bertie

*1876

Buckley

HA

Alexander Henry

2793

Cardew

T L

 Thullier Lake

UC 

Clancey

W

 

UC 

Cobcroft

E J

 

UC

Cox

J C

 

6038

Curran

E L

 Edward Lawrence

UC 

Currie

B

 

854

Dalmain

H

Herbert 

3294

Darlington

HI

Henry

UC 

Davis

J

 

3629

Diggs

C

 Charles Robert

UC 

Doyle

M

 

UC 

Duncan

C

 

6043

England

W J

Walter James 

1600

Ewin

A E

 Aubrey Eric

6250

Fallon

J

 James

5683

Ferguson

D

 Donald

6289

Finn

C A

Charles Arthur

*2139

Fitzgerald

L S

Leslie Manning

2150

Hains

M

 Maurice/Morris

2196

Hannam

W H

William Henry 

6063

Harrison

H

 Hercules

1677

Hitchen

W T

 William Thomas

1933

Hobbs

A

 Arthur

1664

Hobbs

C H

 Charles

5687

Homer

C W

 Charles William

5089

Howlett

A

Alfred

270

Howlett

S

 Sydney

492

Hunt

F

 Frederick

899

Jackson

R

 Richard Desmond

749

Kelly

F

Frederick 

3075

Kelly

W

Thomas William

1946

Keys

W

William

UC 

King

B R

 

1160

Kloster

A

 Albert August

UC 

Knight

S R

 

4714

Knuckey

Jno

John

4716

Knucky

Joe

James

494

Laws

J

 Jack

7779

Lemon

G

 George

1863

Lewis

A

Allen Gordon

6087

Lewis

V

Victor Gerald

4028

Long

A F

Archie Franklin 

UC 

Lord

W H

 

448

Lovett

N

 Norman

UC 

Lucas

C

 

5134

Main

C H

 Charles Hay

5383

Main

D

 David Alexander

Depot

March

L

 Charles Lescomb Lloyd

?1956 

Mason

W H

Henry Herbert

UC 

McAlvary

H J

 

6097

McGill

R

 Roy

*4840

McGuire

L

Lawrence Leslie Maguire

1910

McPherson

L

 Lindsay

5708

McPherson

S

 Stewart

1668

Morrison

G H

 George Hugh

*817

Morrison

J W

Thomas William

*5585

Mudie

J F

James Thomas

6772

Murray

H E

 Horace Edward

11366

Murray

S D D

 Stanley Delphus Dalley

1645

O'Connor

G W

 George William

6103

Owens

E

Ernest Henry

*2906

Pagon

G

George Pagan

UC 

Prince

C

 

2463

Reddan

J

John

5636

Robinson

J

John Henry

*5396

Rutter

T T

Thomas Frederick

4600

Sandry

F J

Frederick James

*2877

Schumack

H

Henry Shumack

775

Sewell

A

Augustus

UC 

Smith

T H

 

134

Smithwaite

G H

George Howett

527

Stinson

A

Alexander

*3488

Stubbins

R

Rodney Stubbings

568

Stubbs

F J

Frederick John

5745

Travers

A L C

Ambrose Leslie George

UC 

Turner

G

 

Depot

Walker

W

Walter

508

Wheatley

T

Thomas Charles

3408

Wheaton

L N

Leslie Norman

*

Error 

 

 

UC 

Unconfirmed