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Ayre Memorial Gates : August-2014
Ayre Memorial Gates : August-2014

Photographs supplied by Peter F Williams

Memorial gates erected in memory of William Ayre who died in the Boer War and Claude and Charles Ayre who died in World War One.  The memorial gates were originally unveiled in 1901 in memory of William Ayre.

Mr. J. Turner, monumental mason, of Verner Street, has just completed a handsome memorial gate which is to be erected in the Bungonia cemetery to the memory of the late Trooper Ayre, of the Citizens' Bushmen by his many friends in and around Bungonia.  The gate will be erected in the dividing fence between the Church of England and Roman Catholic sections of the cemetery. It stands about 10 feet high and including the wing sides, will be about 15 feet wide. The gate is composed of a pair massive uprights, resting on a moulded base, and surmounted by an ornamental cap and pedestal, with a marble panel let in on each side, bearing the following inscription in imperishable lead letters :-"In memory of Private William Myles Ayre, No. 203, Citizens' Bushmen's Contingent, who died at Pretoria S.A., 16th November, 1900, aged 24 years : erected by his many friends." There is an ornamental iron gate, with short iron railings on each side. The stone is of the best selected Bundanoon freestone.  The money was subscribed by the late trooper's friends, and a very handsome memorial has been supplied at a reasonable cost amounting to about £20.
Goulburn Evening Penny Post (NSW), 3 August 1901.

The historic town of Bungonia was astir on Saturday last on the occasion of the unveiling of a handsome memorial gate in the Bungonia cemetery to the memory of Trooper William Miles Ayre, a native of Bungonia, who died at Pretoria. The matter was taken up most heartily by the residents, and a respectable sum of money was subscribed for the memorial, which is in every way creditable to all concerned. A large gathering of residents from all parts of the district witnessed the interesting ceremony. The task of unveiling the memorial was entrusted to Mr. J. M. Broadhead, who made a neat and appropriate address.
Goulburn Evening Penny Post (NSW), 10 September 1901.



 

 

Location

Address:Oallen Ford Road, Bungonia Cemetery, Bungonia, 2580
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.863257
Long: 149.942206
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Structure
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:Multiple
Monument Designer:Mr. James Turner (Goulburn)

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 7th September, 1901
Front Inscription

        IN MEMORY OF
PRIVATE WILLIAM MYLES
             AYRE
No 203 Citizen's Bushmen's Contingent
Died at Pretoria, S.A. 16th Nov. 1900
         Aged 24 years.
ERECTED BY HIS MANY FRIENDS.

Left Side Inscription

 (far left pillar) 

IN MEMORY OF
Cpl. CLAUDE AYRE
A Company, 53rd Battalion 
         A.I.F.
Killed In Action At The Great War

May 11th, 1917,
Aged 23 years, 10 Mths
Erected By His Many Friends

 

Back Inscription

 ( far right pillar) 

IN MEMORY OF
Pte. CHARLES E.AYRE
A Company, 3rd Platoon,
1st Canterbury (N.Z.) Regiment
Killed in action at the Great War

April 25th, 1915,
Aged 32 years, 9 Mths.

Erected By His Many Friends

Source: MA
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