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Killabakh War Memorial commemorates those who have served in conflicts in which Australia has been involved. The memorial was designed by prominent architect J T Chambers and was built in 1921 by members of the Killabakh community in honour of Corporal John Woollard who died in action during World War One. 

Plaques were added to the memorial to commemorate those who served in both World Wars and it was re-dedicated on the 16th of July, 2005.

On Saturday last the monument erected in memory of Cpl. John Woollard by the roadside at Killabakh hall, was unveiled in the presence of a large gathering of deeply interested people. Mr. Chas. Yarnold was chairman, and Rev. Peek, in the place of Rev. Musgrave (who sent an apology for not being able to attend) led in a solemn dedicatory prayer and address. Mrs. Nash, mother of the dead soldier, removed the flag from the inscription. The obelisk is of pyramid form, 13 feet high, solid brickwork on a massive concrete platform, and bears on a clear white elevated band this motto: "The blood of heroes is the seed of a nation." Below is an inscription on marble: "To the glory of God, and in honor of John Woollard, who fell in the Great War, 1914-1918." 

Mr. Cowan spoke at length of the rectitude and singular ability of John Woollard, and how he had enlisted under heavy disabilities and a full realisation of the sacrifice entailed. No record of his death had ever come to hand, but comrades told of the last time they saw him going ''over the top" in the desperate fighting around Passchendaele, which will ever be remembered as a storm centre of the war.  Mr. Edwards reviewed briefly the career of the soldier in home and church life, and how his ideals had been based on Christian teaching. Some might deem those awful sacrifices wasted, as Judas said of the broken box of ointment long ago; but they only saw a part and know less than they saw. The location, beside Wingham-Comboyne road, is unique and splendid. Men of the wide spaces deserve recognition where their sterling qualities were developed in childhood and youth
The Manning River Times and Advocate for the Northern Coast
Districts of New South Wales (Taree, NSW), 7 December 1921. 

Location

Address:Comboyne Road, Killabakh Public Hall & Reserve, Killabakh, 2429
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -31.736377
Long: 152.400049
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:Multiple
Monument Designer:J.T.Chambers
Link:http://www.warmemorialsregister.nsw…

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 3rd December, 1921
Front Inscription

THE BLOOD OF HEROES IS THE SEED OF NATIONS (around the memorial)

TO THE GLORY
   OF GOD
AND IN LOVING
MEMORY OF
JOHN WOOLLARD  
WHO FELL IN
THE GREAT WAR
1914 - 1918

Left Side Inscription

WORLD WAR 1
 (names)

Back Inscription

REFURBISHMENT
         2005

Right Side Inscription

WORLD WAR II
(names)

Source: MA, NRWM
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