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The brass plaque and cross on the steeple commemorate 12 local men who served in World War One. The plaque and cross were restored with funding from the ANZAC Centenary Grants Program and rededicated on the 11th November 2014.

The brass memorial plaque inside the church lists twelve local men who served in the Great War. A search of the church archives has revealed that the plaque’s placement is connected to the cross on the church steeple.

Both plaque and cross were dedicated on 31 October 1920 as a peace offering and "in memory of service and sacrifice in the Great War 1914 – 1919" by the then minister, Reverend Allan Franklin Pain. The Reverend Pain was appointed to St. Paul’s in 1919 and was alarmed that the original cross of sandstone had not been replaced since falling down in 1913. His first act was to have the cross restored, and he wrote at the time "we want the Cross on the Church up, and I am going to ask for it as a memorial gift if I can".

The cross that was erected at that time was made of ferro-concrete, and has recently been replaced by a new cross of sandstone, but the significance of the dedication is not forgotten. The cross of St. Paul’s will always be a memorial to peace and to the Great War.

The brass plaque inside the church bears the names of: Victor Hansen, Charles McIntosh Heath, Edward McKenna, Arthur Pain, and William Peckham who all died on the Western Front; Hector Lance who died in Egypt; and Arthur Brookes, Edgar Downes, Rupert Downes, George Downes, Harold Hansen and William McKnigtht who all saw service. Rupert Downes was awarded the Military Cross for action on the Western Front and Harold Hansen served at Gallipoli before being wounded in France.



Address:Cobbitty Road, St Paul`s Anglican Church, Cobbitty, 2570
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.015725
Long: 150.688268
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:04-August-1914
Actual Event End Date:04-August-1914


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 31st October, 1920
Front Inscription

                       A.  M.  D.  G.
                Peace Thankoffering
And In Memory Of The Service And Sacrifice
In The Great War 1914 - 1919
                    Especially Of
V. F. Hansen C. McI Heath  E. McKenna  A. C. Pain  
            W. J. Peckham  H. Small
     - These Died For King And Country -
                          Also Of
A. J. S. Brooks  E. H. K. Downes  R. F. A. Downes 
G. B. Downes  H. G. Hansen  W. McKnight
          The Cross On The Steeple Was Replaced
              By The parishioners.

Source: DVA, MA
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