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Gloucester War Memorial commemorates those who have served in the various conflicts in which Australia has been involved. The memorial was originally unveiled in memory of those who died in service or were killed in action during World War One. 

Monument Characteristics: 

Cenotaph has a town clock at the top with World War One and World War Two names on opposite sides and dedication plaques on the front.

The culmination of many years efforts by the people of the Gloucester District to erect a monument in the memory of the district's soldiers who had fallen in the Great War was realised on Saturday last when the fine Memorial Clock Tower was unveiled in the presence of a great gathering of people by Brigadier-General G. Macarthur Onslow, C.M.G., D.S C., V D.

The question of site for the Soldiers' Memorial has been a keenly debated one, but the opinion was repeatedly expressed on Saturday that that selected on the prominence between Bent and Hume streets, was ideally situated for the purposes of a memorial. It has the advantage that it cannot be built out its prominence must remain for all time to come. Then the view of the surroundings from its steps is a magnificent one. A fine idea of the tower itself is given by the accompanying photograph. The walls are of red brick and re-inforced concrete, with corners of cast concrete blocks with pebble finish.

The tower rises from a paving of re-inforced concrete, set off by four corner pedestals, with steps on all sides from the ground level. The roof is of Muntz metal. A battery driven clock is provided, with four 3ft 6in dials, lighted from the town supply by electricity. The base measurements are 23 feet from corner to corner. The tower is 7ft. 9in x 7ft. 9in with a total height of 39½ feet. The inscription panel faces Hume Street and is of bronze, with a cedar door facing the south. The architects are Messrs F. G. and A. C. Castleden, Newcastle, and the contractor Mr. F. A. Isaac, Gloucester, who are to be complimented on the excellence of their work. 
Excerpt from Gloucester Memorial Unveiling
The Wingham Chronicle and Manning River Observer (NSW), 
26 June 1931. 


Address:Hume & Bent Streets, Gloucester Memorial Park, Gloucester, 2422
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -32.009743
Long: 151.959458
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Monument Designer:Messrs F. G .& A. C. Castleden, Newcastle (architects)
Monument Manufacturer:Mr Isaac, Gloucester (builder)


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 20th June, 1931
Front Inscription

The Great War, 1914 - 19 

This Memorial Was Erected By The People Of The Gloucester District To The Undying Memory Of Our Glorious Dead.

They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old,
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn,
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We shall remember them.

This tablet was unveiled by Brigadier-General G. Macarthur Onslow, C.M.G., D.S.O., V.D.
20th June, 1931.

Plaque :

In memory of the fallen & of those who served in
Malaya  1948 - 1960
Korea     1950 - 1954
Borneo   1962 - 1966
Vietnam  1966 - 1971

Plaque :

In memory of the fallen & of those who served in
World War II 1939 - 1945

Left Side Inscription

Gloucester Honour Roll  1914 - 1918

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Right Side Inscription

Gloucester Honour Roll  1939 - 1945

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Gloucester Honour Roll  
Gulf War
1990 - 1991
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1991 - 1993
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1992 - 1994
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1994 - 1995
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East Timor
1999 - 2003
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2003 - 2009
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2001 -
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