Local Honour Boards

WW1 may have started out an adventure for some of the men, but the reality awaiting them was the horror of war. Each town, each employer, and each organisation wanted to let the men and women know that they were supported and acknowledged the shocking experiences of war that they had lived through. Honor/Honour Boards are carefully preserved and a few are on this site.

Gilgandra District Roll of Honor is on display at the Coo-ee Heritage Centre

The Presbyterian Church has two wooden Honour Rolls with the names of the Presbyterian men who served in WW1 and WW2 and a cross marks those men who died on active service.

A beautiful stained glass window is a tribute to Gware Hitchen, Jack Lawrence, Gordon Irvin, Gordon Jarvis, Herbert Weston and Ron Wilson who gave their lives in WW2.  

The Uniting Church, formerly the Methodist Church, has a plaque that was attached to the pulpit. It has 35 names engraved on it of the men who served in WW1 with the dedication;

‘This pulpit was erected to the glory of God and as a loving tribute to the Patriotism of the men whose names appear hereon who served in the great European War of 1914.’

St Joseph’s Primary School has an Honor Board which records previous students who served in World War 2 and all conflicts since then. It is situated in the School Hall and is a continuing project.

The Gilgandra Freemasons have closed in Gilgandra but the commemorative plaques are preserved in the Gilgandra Rural Museum.

The Gilgandra RSL (Returned Services League) Sub-Branch is the custodian of a large collection of impressive memorabilia donated by former servicemen, family and friends.

The Gilgandra Service Wall near the Gilgandr War Memorial commemorates all service men and women nominated by family and friends. An application form is submitted to the Services Club and is processed through the RSL Sub-Branch. They also maintain an Honour Roll of deceased members who have served, 22 of whom are possibly returned WW1 veterans.

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