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Preston War Memorial : 11-May-2012
Preston War Memorial : 11-May-2012

Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders

The Preston War Memorial commemorates the service personnel who have served and died in conflicts in which Australia has been involved. It was originally erected to commemorate those who served in World War One.

Marble tablets are attached to the walls of the cloistered entrance. The tablets list the names of those who served in the First World War, while later plaques were added in memory of the Second World War, Korea, Malaya, Borneo and Vietnam.

The imposing arch, erected in memory of the men who enlisted from Preston and served in the war, was unveiled on Sunday by His Excellency the Lieutenant-Governor (Sir William Irvine). It forms an archway at the entrance to the soldiers memorial hall and adjoins the town hall.  It was erected with funds subscribed to by practically every ratepayer in the district.
The Argus (Melbourne), 4 September 1923. 



Address:High Street, Municipal Offices, Preston, 3072
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.739908
Long: 145.003844
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 2nd September, 1923
Front Inscription

Erected By The Citizens In Honor
Of The Residents Who Served
In The Great War 1914 - 1918
For King And Empire

Plaque inside:
Dedicated To The
Memory Of The Citizens
Of The City Of Preston
Who Gave Their Lives
And Those Who Served
Their Country
During The Second
World War 1939-45
And Conflicts In
Korea, Malaya,
Borneo, Vietnam.  
"Lest We Forget"

Left Side Inscription

Preston Honor Board
Those Who Made The Supreme Sacrifice
[ Names ]  

Historic Events And Dates

Great Britain Entered The War 4th August 1914.
 Armistice Signed At 11.0 a.m. 11th November 1918.  
Peace Ratified 10th January 1919.  
The War Lasted Four Years And
One Hundred Days.

- A.I.F. War Statistics -

Total Enlistments 416,809
Including 112,399 From Victoria.  
Total Embarkations For Service
Abroad 329,883 Including
Those For German New Guinea.

- Casualties -
By 31st July 1921 The Casualties
Reported Were 314,335
Including 59,341 deaths.

Principal Battles In Which The A.I.F. Took Part
- Gallipoli -
Landing At ANZAC 25th April 1915
 Krithia. Cape Helles.  
Turkish Attack.
Lone Pine And Sair Bair.  
Evacuation Of Gallipoli
18th To 20th December 1915. 

- Palestine -
26th March 1917 To 26th October 1918  
Gaza.  Beersheba.  Sheria.  Jerusalem.  Jaff.  Jericho.  Amman.  Es Salt.  Turkish attack in Jordan Valley.  Aby Tellul.  Megiddo.  Jenin.  Nablus.  Semakh.  Deraa.  Aleppo.  Damascus.  

- France - 
19th July 1916 to 5th October 1918
- Historic names and places -
Fromelles.  Dernancourt, Lys.  Fleurbaix or Laventie.  Villers-Bretonneux.  Pozieres.  Lihons. Amiens.  Mouquet Farm. Bray-sur-Somme.  Bapaume.  Bullecourt.  Chuignes.  Hargicourt.  Messines.  Lagnicourt.  Mont St Quentin.  Menin Road Ridge. Hamel.  Peronne.  Polygon Wood.  Le Verguier.  Broodseinde.  Bellicourt.  Passchendaele.  Beaurevoir.  Heburterne.  Bony.  Montbrehain.

- The Contending Forces -
- The Allied Powers -

Great Britain and Dominions.  France and Dominions.  Belguim.  Italy.  Portugal.  Japan.  Serbia.  Roumania.  Russia For Two Years And United States of America.

- Central European Powers -
German Empire.  Austro-Hungary.  Turkish Empire.  Bulgaria.









Right Side Inscription

                 Preston Honor Roll
The Residents Who Returned From Active Service
                       [ Names ] 

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