TOWAMBA WW1 MEMORIAL.
Relocated to the Sports Ground. Photo K. Clery

September 11, 1920
'The Bega Budget'
* The Towamba people have decided to erect a monument in memory of their fallen soldiers.

September 11, 1920

'The Southern Record and Advertiser'

* The Towamba Soldiers' Memorial Committee wrote stating that to construct the monument of the design submitted by the War Memorial Board would require about twice the funds at the disposal of the Committee, and asking the Council to urge the Board to allow the local Committee to revert to their original design, or a slight modification of same. Council agreed to urge that the local Committee's view be acceded to.

November 28, 1925
'The Southern Record and Advertiser'

* Towamba had a big day on Saturday, the occasion being the unveiling of a soldiers' memorial there by Senator Cox. The memorial is a polished granite monument, erected by Messrs Ziegler & Sons, and is inscribed with about forty names of men who served in the great war, six of whom, made the supreme sacrifice. The total cost of the memorial was 168, on which there was a debt of 40. This was reduced by 27/13 at the unveiling. Senator Cox also presented war medals to the parents and relatives of the fallen.

Opening of the Towamba War Memorial, 21 November 1925 on its original site opposite St.Pauls Church of England.
Possible rededication of the Towamba War Memorial
in its new position
at the Towamba Sports Ground.
Courtesy Dickie family.


'The Bombala Times'
December 4 , 1925

* The soldiers' memorial which was unveiled at Towamba last week was erected by Messrs. Zeigler and Sons, of Bega. It was made of polished granite, and was said by those who saw it to be a fine piece of work.



INSCRIPTIONS ON WAR MEMORIALS, TOWAMBA

Inscription on WW1 memorial

THIS MEMORIAL WAS ERECTED BY

THE RESIDENTS OF TOWAMBA
AND DISTRICT IN HONOUR
OF THE MEN WHO SERVED
AND ENLISTED IN
THE GREAT WAR 1914-1919

KILLED
(Enclosed in a Wreath)
ENLISTED
GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN
THAN HE WHO LAYS DOWN
HIS LIFE FOR HIS COUNTRY

Beasley. E.J. (author of the war letters)
Johnston. H. .
Johnston. R.H. .
Laing. T. (mentioned in War Letters)
Ryan. G.A.
Young. W.S.

RETURNED

Beasley. A.C.
Beasley. A.J.
Beasley. B.
Beasley. H.E.S.
Beasley. J.H.
Brownlie. A.L.
Brownlie. R.M.
Brownlie. W.H.
Dickie. G.T.
Hogg. E.E.
Hogg. W.
Laing. C.H.
Laing. H.
Brownlie. A.
Beasley. R.G.
Hunt. A.
Murray. H.
McLeod. D.E.
McLeod. K.
McLeod. N.K.W.
McDonald. W.A.
Rankin. S.S.
Smith. W.T.

RETURNED

Martin. J.R.
Mitchell. J.T.
McLeod. M.J.
Osment. H.
Reed. E.
Roberts. J.C.
Sawers. P.
Smith. A.E.L.
Smith. V.C.O.
Tasker. A.
Wornes. A.
Young. G.E.W.

LAURIE WATSON (sitting) AND PETER SAWERS.
WW1
.
Photo Jean McPaul Collection,
Eden Killer Whale Museuom
VDC march Towamba. No date.
Courtesy G. Beasley



WORLD WAR 11
Inscription on gate posts.


THIS MEMORIAL WAS ERECTED
BY THE RESIDENTS OF TOWAMBA
AND DISTRICT IN HONOUR OF THE
MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVED
AND ENLISTED IN WORLD WAR 11
1939 - 1945
TOWAMBA WW11
MEMORIAL GATE POST.

Lefthand side.
Photo K. Clery
TOWAMBA WW11
MEMORIAL GATE POST.

Righthand side.
Photo K. Clery
* Mitchell. A. L.

RETURNED
Beasley. A. C.
Beasley. C. B.
Brownlie. J. L.
Clements. A. V.
Clements. C. W.
Clements. G. O.
Clements. R. E.
Greer. A. E.
Legge. T. A.
Love. L. L.
Lucas. R. A.
Parker. J. A.
Parker. T. A.
Rigby. F.
Roberts. A. V.
Roberts. H. A.
Roberts. R. P.
Smith. V. A.
Tasker. A.
ENLISTED

Beasley. L. E.
Greer. W. T.
Laing. A. C.
Laing. C. R.
Laing. M. A.

SERVICE WOMEN

Brownlie. A. M.
Smith. Y. E.


This legend refers to the information below supplied by Bernie Cornell.

WAR MEMORIALS AT: BURRAGATE 1919, WYNDHAM 1922, TOWAMBA 1925
LEGEND: P = PLOT, R = ROW, No. = NUMBER OF GRAVE.
V. B. = VILLERS BRETONNEUX
MENIN GATE
= RECORDS NAMES OF SOLDIERS MISSING IN BELGIUM.
V.B. MEMORIAL = RECORDS NAMES OF THOSE MISSING IN FRANCE.
TOTAL = 18,450 AUSTRALIANS
V.C. CORNER = A MASS GRAVE OF REMAINS RECOVERED AT FROMELLES AT WAR'S END.

No NAME DIED WHERE CEMETERY GRAVE
P - R - No.
NOT ON MEMORIAL Claude Turbet 8.8.1915 Lone Pine, Gallipoli Shrapnel Gully 1 - C - 16
1916
2855 Edward Beasley 23.7.1916 Pozieres V.B. Memorial
2219 Roy Davidson 23.7.1916 Pozieres V.B. Memorial
1749 Percy Moore 26.7.1916 Pozieres Serre Rd 2 10 - B - 10
3831 Ern. Robinson 21.7.1916 Pozieres Dours 1 - B. 31
4841 Lawrence Robinson 19.7.1916 Fromelles V.C. Corner Mass
5388 Robert Johnston 24.10.1916 Pozieres Becourt 1 - Y - 13
1917
3735 Ambrose Grant 6.5.1917 Bullecourt Cabaret Rouge 17 - AA - 43
4359 Walter Reid 16.12.1917 Messines Menin Gate
5168 Osborne Rixon 2.4.1917 Bullecourt Lebucquire 1 - B - 6
6135 Gordon Ryan 16.4.1917 Bullecourt Grevillers 1 - B - 18
6607 Tom Laing 9.4.1917 Bullecourt Hermies Hill 3 - D - 21
4614 William Young 4.10.1917 Broodsiende R. Menin Gate
1918
3805 Cecil Fawcett 17.6.1918 Villers Bretonneux Beacon 3 - H - 9
2643 Tom Tasker 8.5.1918 Villers Bretonneux Pernois 1 - C - 10
776 Harry Johnston 8.7.1918 Villers Bretonneux Franvillers 1 - C - 19
5121 Patrick Kerr 17.8.1918 Proyart Villers Bretonneux Memorial
3031 Robert Sawers 22.7.1918 Villers Bretonneux Ribemont. Extn. 1 - C - 9
4307 Bernard Whelan 2.6.1918 Villers Bretonneux V. B. Cemetery 11 - E - 2
1942
NX50919 Keith Robertson 22.1.1942 Parit Sulong, Malaya Singapore Memorial Krantji
1943
NX22913 Gordon Sawers 2.11.1943 Burma Railway, Thailand Kanchanaburi Cemetery, Thailand
NX60240 Bob Robinson 22.11.1943 Osaka, Japan Youenchi Pk, Yokohama B - C3 - 3
1945
NX28667 Richard Farrell 26.1.1945 Sandakan, Borneo Labuan Memorial, Borneo
NX32273 Leslie Mitchell 23.6.1945 Ranau, Borneo Labuan Memorial, Borneo


Anzac Day c 1950-57
Photo courtesy Don Mills
Don Mills (teacher) and Towamba Public School pupils on ANZAC Day. c 1950-57
Photo courtesy Don Mills




Please note that this plaque is on the back of the Wyndham Soldiers War Memorial in Wyndham.

Back Middle Plaque

THESE ALSO SERVED 1939 - 1945

BATTILANA J.
MORTON G.

FARRELL L.
RYAN A.

KEWIN A.
UMBACK F. F.

MORTON D.
UMBACK K. V.


Left Hand Side Bottom Plaque

FOR KING & EMPIRE
[Crossed Australian & British Flags]
1914 - THE GREAT WAR - 1919
ERECTED BY
THE RESIDENTS OF BURRAGATE

HONOUR ROLL

ROBERT SAWERS x
ARTHUR P. SAWERS
CLIFFORD S. C. SAWERS
HENRY P. SAWERS
WILLIAM J. L. ROBINSON x
FREDERICK W. LINDWALL

"GOD SAVE THE KING."

x - Killed



Please note that this plaque is on the back of the Wyndham Soldiers War Memorial in Wyndham

Back Middle Plaque
These also served 1939-1945

BRAY H. C.
FARRELL S. W.
FLEMING A.W.
FLEMING H. J.
FLEMING J. H.
FLEMING V. W.
FLEMING W. J.
McKAY C.
RIXON L.
WHIPP G.
WHITBY E. R. J.
WHITBY G. W.
WHITBY K.
WHITBY M. L.


Front Top Plaque
THEY GAVE THEIR LIVES

FAWCETT, C.
FLOWERS, B.
GRANT, H.A. (AMBROSE)
(Cabaret Rouge Cemetery, France)
KERR, P. (PATRICK)
[Missing: Villers Bretonneux Memorial,
Near Amiens, France]

MOORE, P. A.
REID, W. [WALTER] F.
[Missing: Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium]
ROBINSON, W.J.L. [Laurence]
[Missing: V.C. Corner Memorial, France]
RIXON, J. O. [OSBORNE] M.
[Lebucquire Cemetery, France]
SAWERS, R.
TASKER, T. [Thomas] W.

Left Hand Side Plaque
THESE ALSO SERVED

ROBERTSON, E.
REED, R.
ROBINSON, A.
SAWERS, A. P.
SAWERS, C. S. G.
SAWERS, H. P.
TASKER, A. V.
WATSON, H. E.
WATSON, L.
WHITBY, R.
Front Bottom Plaque
1939-1945

[THEY GAVE THEIR LIVES]

FARRELL A. R.
ROBERTSON K.
ROBINSON W.R.
SAWERS A. G.

Right Hand Side Plaque
THESE ALSO SERVED

AMEY, J.A.
DIVERSI, J.
FARRELL, C.
FARRELL, J. D.
GRANT, D. M.
GRANT, P. F.
GRANT, W. J.
GRANT, W. P.
LINWALL, F.
MOORE, E. R.
PHEENEY, W. R.

FLAGPOLE INSCRIPTION
(Adjacent to War Memorial)
Erected To The Memory Of
FRED UMBACK
Loved Postmaster Of Wyndham
From 1960-1983