Penrith Presbyterian Church Honor Roll

Presbyterian church honor Roll

Penrith Presbyterian Church Honor Roll World War One

On 22 April 1917 an honor roll containing the names of 29 young local men was unveiled at the Penrith Presbyterian Church. Guests included the Scouts, the senior cadets and some returned soldiers. The Honor Roll measured 30 inches by 20 inches and was encased in an elaborate oak frame. The Honor Roll was unveiled by the Reverend James McKee who made the following comments during his address:

This is no ordinary occasion. We are met to honor our brave boys, who, at the call of King and Country, in the defence of truth, liberty and righteousness, and for the protection of the aged, infirm and helpless, are exposing themselves to great danger, even death. The Roll of Honor which we this day unveil, contains the names of 29 of the best manhood of the district. At least half of these have been members of my Bible class, whom I knew intimately and loved – brave, high-spirited, truthful good boys. Every one of them occupied a good position, with excellent prospects; but love of country and kindred, truth and freedom were dearer to them. Four of them have given their lives.

In the days to come, when the historians shall have recorded the triumphs of Britain and her Allies, by which Prussian Militarism and German inhumanity shall have been for ever destroyed, the heroic part with our boys played in the gigantic struggle shall occupy a prominent place. And when at the fireside these boys will read these records to their children, they will be able, with laudable pride, to tell them the part they played in these terrible battles.

The Roll of Honor included the following inscription:

Penrith Presbyterian Church, Penrith. Roll of Honor. The following are the names of young men connected with our congregation who, at the call of duty, volunteered for service in the cause of King and Country, Liberty and Humanity in the war against German Militarism and Barbarism.

The unveiling of an updated honor roll took place on Sunday 29 August 1920. It was performed by Rev. B. Scott West, of Burwood. Everyone was invited, particularly returned soldiers, the military cadets and scouts. This marble memorial tablet is set in the southern end of the church. It bears the motto: 1914-1919 For God, King and Empire.
The names of 48 people connected to the church are inscribed on the tablet. They are:

J. Cliff AubreyGodfrey Hyslop
* Sydney AubreyHenry Hyslop
Geoffrey BakerRobert Hyslop
Reg BakerVictor Jordan
Harry BakerDonald Leitch
Adele Baker (nursing sister)*Sinclair Leitch
Alex BoydRobert McGowan
Sydney BoydA. McKean
Ronald S BranderJames Walter Stewart McKee (doctor)
Stafford Brown* Reginald Donald Joshua McLean
Bruce Clements* Mertoun Mills
Robert Davie* Arthur James Mitchell
Rod DavieWilliam E Mitchell
Norman FreelandJames Perritt
Arthur GordonHarry Phillips
Temple GrahamLeslie Frederick Purdon
George HairSydney Spence
Herbert HairArthur Stafford
Geoffrey Holmes* Stanley Stafford
Vincent HolmesGeorge Seymour
* Cecil William Robert HowlettDavid Strang
Stan Howlett* Colin Leslie Thompson (Thomson)
Charles James [James Charles] Huxley* George Sydhral Yansen
Arthur Hyslop* John Andreas (Jack) Yansen

* Denotes killed in action