Tambar Springs, NSW 2381
All over Australia, 330,000 men answered the patriotic call in World War I (1914‐1918), among them 92 from the Tambar Springs district ‐ surely one of the highest rates of enlistment in the country. More than 8,000 Australians lost their lives on the slopes of Gallipoli and a staggering 50,000 died in the unimaginable horror of the Western Front in France between 1916 and 1918.
This Italian marble memorial was erected in December 1918, a month after the war's end, and officially opened in January 1919. Of the 92 soldiers whose names are etched on the memorial, 14 were killed in action.
The purchase of the land and fencing and erection of gates cost £100, with the erection of the monument, kerbing and railing and lettering, with the names, rank and decorations of soldiers, costing £300. Years later, memorial stone gates were erected at the entrance to the site, recording the names and ranks of 65 district residents who volunteered for service in World War 2.
The War Memorial is said to be the earliest memorial to World War I servicemen in Australia. It is located in the park on Tamba Street in Tambar Springs.