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The Jewish War Memorial was erected in 1920 to honour soldiers of the Jewish faith who died or were killed in World War One. A plaque was added in 1953 to commemorate those who died or were killed in World War Two.
It is estimated that 2304 Jewish males enlisted in the Australian Imperial Forces in World War One, which was 13 per cent of the Jewish community at that time. Of these, some 300 made the ‘supreme sacrifice’. Of Western Australian recruits alone, 47 died out of a total enlistment of 180 (when the Western Australian community numbered less than 2000 in all). More than 100 Australian Jews earned military honours or were mentioned in despatches, and one was awarded the Victoria Cross. Australian Jews were similarly conspicuous during World War Two when some 4000 enlisted in the various services. Nearly 200 died in action: 40 were decorated for gallantry and 30 more mentioned in despatches.
Monument characteristics :
The memorial is a four-sided memorial with an Ionic column of Donnybrook freestone on a granite base. The column is surmounted by a globe of copper bearing the shield of King David (the recognised symbol of Judaism). On each corner of the column is the Lion of Judah.
The ceremony of the unveiling of the memorial to the fallen Jewish soldiers was performed His Excellency the Governor, Sir Francis Newdegate on the 6th June 1920.
Sunday Times (Perth), 6th June 1920.
|Address:||Fraser Avenue, Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Kings Park , 6005|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -31.960605|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Monument Designer:||Pietro Porcelli (Sculptor), Thomas Anthoness (Designer)|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Sunday 6th June, 1920|
To the memory of the soldiers of the Jewish Faith belonging to this State who were killed in action or who died of wounds on the battlefields of Gallipoli, France, Belgium and Palestine in the Great War 1914-1918.
Erected by the members of the Perth Hebrew Congregation.
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"Under the shadow of the Almighty shall they abide." Psalm X.C.I.
Roll of Honour
Dedicated to the members of the Jewish faith in Western Australia who died on active service in World War II 1939 - 1945
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May they be remembered for a blessing
This stone was laid by Lieu. General Sir John Monash G.C.M.G., K.C.B., V.D. General Officer commanding Australian Corps in France
Perth. 19th December, 1919