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The War Memorial commemorates those from Thoona and district who died in service or were killed in action during World Wars One and Two. The memorial was originally erected in memory of those who lost their lives in World War One. The names of the fallen of World War Two were added to the memorial at a later date. 

The fine monument which has been erected at Thoona, in memory of those who made the supreme sacrifice in the Great War, was officially opened on Sunday last. There was a large attendance present, probably the greatest percentage being present from the surrounding district. Benalla was well represented. At the monument were Colonel J. Martin, Brigadier-General Forsyth, Colonel Shannon  (C.O. of 8th Light Horse),Col.-.Chaplain Wray (Wangaratta), Lieut. Col A Mitchell, D.S.O., V.D., Cr A. Heaney and Rev. T. Darby. A squadron of 19 members of the Goorambat machine Gun Section, 8th Light Horse, were inspected by Brigadier General Forsyth and Colonel Shannon. After an item by the Benalla Band, Colonel Martin explained the object of the gathering, which he said was a very important function. He then called on Brigadier-General Forsyth, who had been deputed to perform the ceremony. In the course of a somewhat lengthy address, the speaker touched on the many phases of the recent world trouble which had brought on his presence there on that afternoon. After sounding the "Last Post" by Bandmaster Williams, he then performed the ceremony of declaring it officially unveiled. All stood in silence for a few minutes as a mark of respect to those who had given their lives for their country. Col. Chaplain-Wray, Cr Heaney and Lieut.-Col. Mitchell also made references in keeping with the occasion. Colonel Martin stated that they had decided to enclose the memorial with suitable railings. He said that the memorial had been paid off, this being considered very satisfactory. The singing of the National Anthem concluded the proceedings.
North Eastern Ensign (Benalla), 4 March 1927.


Address:Sargeant & Johnston Streets, Progress Park, Thoona, 3726
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.339374
Long: 146.077848
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 27th February, 1927
Front Inscription

Our Honoured Dead

[ Names ]

Left Side Inscription

Greater Love Hath No Man
Than This That He Lay Down
His Life For His Friends

1939 - 45

[ Names ]

Back Inscription

In Grateful Remembrance
Of Our Brave Men
Who Gave Their Lives
At The Call Of Duty In The

Great War 1914 - 1919

Lest We Forget

Right Side Inscription
They Knew The Precious
Things They Had To Guard
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