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The honour roll commemorates those connected with the church who served in World War One.

It is inscribed with the names of 40 members of the Presbyterian community who had enlisted for war service was positioned on the back wall of the church and  unveiled on the 18th July 1915. The roll was unveiled by Mrs George Jelly, the oldest member of the congregation.

In 1916 a second roll was unveiled with additional names and on the 27th May 1917, a third honour roll was unveiled. 

The first Roll of Honour to be unveiled in the Casterton district in connection with the present world war will be the one of the local Scot's Church. The unveiling is to take place on Sunday next at the morning Service. The Roll will contain the names of forty young men connected with the Presbyterian Church of the town and district who had left for the front up until June 30th last. The Shire Council and other public bodies, along with the Citizen Forces have been invited by the Session of the Church to be present at the Service. The Cadets and Citizen Forces, and firemen have been asked to assemble at the A.N.A. Hall whence, led by the band, they will march to the church. The Roll of Honor will be unveiled by the oldest member of the Church, who also has no less than four grandsons amongst these whose names appear on the Roll. 
Casterton News and the Merino and Sandford Record (Vic.), 15 July 1915.

Another roll of honor giving names of soldiers who have offered and been accepted for the Front from the Presbyterians of- this district, was unveiled by Mrs J. M'lntyre, grandmother of six of the soldiers whose names are thereon inscribed. The previous roll comprised 50 (sic) names, to which 16 more have now been added. Of these four have been killed, one died on service, eight sustained wounds, and 15 have been among the invalided. 
Camperdown Chronicle (Vic), 11 January 1916. 

At Scots' Church, Casterton, yesterday morning the unveiling of the third Honor Roll in the Church took place in the presence of a large congregation. The pulpit was draped with the Union Jack, while minature flags had been fastened to the corner posts of the pulpit steps, and mildly "fluttered in the breeze," a reminder, if need be, of the patriotic nature of the service. The Rev. J. Meers preached an appropriate service from the text, Matthew xvi, 26-"For what is a man profited if he shall gain the whole world and lose his life, or what shall a man give in exchange for his life." The preacher then called the names of those added to the No. 2 Roll since the previous unveiling, and on the No. 3 Roll, which was then unveiled by Mr G. Grant with the congregation standing. 
Casterton News and the Merino and Sandford Record (Vic),  28 May 1917.


Address:176 Henty Street, Scots Uniting Church, Casterton, 3111
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.586932
Long: 141.40015
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Honour Roll
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:04-August-1914
Actual Event End Date:28-June-1919


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 18th July, 1915
Front Inscription

In honour of the brave Presbyterians of this parish who served in the Great War 1914-1919

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