War Memorials

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There is a World War 1 Memorial on the Railway Station and a World War 2 Memorial at the entrance to the Rydal Show Ground. Honour Boards are also in the Union Church. The World War 1 memorial had a German Machine gun until it was stolen on 30.1.2005, Linsey Featherstone, a third generation member of the Rydal Featherstone family, visited the Small Arms Factory in Lithgow and made a replica.

Below is the article from The Bathurst Times Thursday 19 October 1922 (Page 2) detailing the upcoming unveiling ceremony.

Machine Gun for Rydal

After nearly two years the machine gun allotted to Rydal has been erected in the square approaching the railway station. The work was carried out by Mr R Busby of Bowenfels, and consists of a massive concrete stand mounting the machine gun, with marble table, containing the names of the men who enlisted from the district. The work is very artistically done and reflects great credit on Mr R Busby the designer and erector and Mrs R Mays, Hon Secretary who has worked hard to obtain funds for its erection. The unveiling ceremony is to take place on Saturday and is to be carried out by General Sir Charles Rosenthal M.L.A (1)

Note: Prayers and blessing at the unveiling ceremony were offered by Rev Severino Mambrini (2) OFM followed by the singing of a hymn (Possibly “God Bless our Native Land”) Bishop John Ignatius OFM (20 March 1999).

References:

(1) General Sir Charles Rosenthal MLA was for a time the State Member for Bathurst and had had a distinguished war record.

(2) The Note added later about this article by Bishop John Ignatius Doggett makes reference to Rev Severino Mambrini who was a World War 1 army chaplain.

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