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Kempsey War Memorial
Kempsey War Memorial

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The Kempsey War Memorial was originally erected in memory of those from the Macleay River district who died in service or were killed in action during World War One.

The names of those who died in service or were killed in action in World War Two were added at a later date. 

At 2.30 on the afternoon of Anzac Day a number of returned men, under control of Major Edgley, took part in a procession from Central Kempsey across the bridge, with the Macleay Caledonian Pipe Band playing in the van. There was a large attendance despite the impending rain, which developed into a tremendous downpour ere (sic) the ceremony ended, completely drenching the majority.

After the opening hymn, Mayor Lane remarked that the purpose of the gathering that afternoon was to unveil this monument to the honor of those brave lads of the Macleay River district who had fallen in the great conflict. He felt sure that this monument would act as a guide to the rising generation, setting an example for them to follow through life.  Mrs. C. Dornan, who lost two sons at the war, then performed the unveiling ceremony. Rev. D. Smith then pronounced the Prayer of Dedication, and the Last Post was sounded, after which the gathering stood for a few minutes with bowed heads in silent tribute to the fallen. 
The Macleay Chronicle (Kempsey, NSW), 2 May 1923.


Address:Rudder & Lord Streets, East Kempsey, 2440
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -31.081822
Long: 152.846106
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Wednesday 25th April, 1923
Front Inscription

1914 - 1919

Erected by the citizens of the District in sacred memory of the soldiers of the Macleay who laid down their lives for King and country in the Great War.

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Left Side Inscription
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Back Inscription
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Right Side Inscription
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Source: NRWM, MA
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