St John`s War Memorial CenotaphPrint Page Print this page


Photographs supplied by Stephen Woods

The monument commemorates members of the Parish who served in World War Two.

It was built by Squadron Leader Arthur Whitehurst who had commanded a squadron at Ashfield during the period 1941 to 1946, and whose son Douglas Arthur Whitehurst had died in action in World War Two. The ashes of Arthur Whitehurst who died in 1947 are contained in the cenotaph.

The memorial contains the names of 22 men from the parish who died in service or were killed in action during World War Two, and also those who served. 

A memorial service attended by Australian Air Force Cadets has been held annually since it was opened by the State Governor Lieutenant General John Northcott in 1946. 

Air Training Corps Cadets from the Ashfield Flight, and members of the V.D.C. will form a guard of honor to His Excellency the Governor (Lt. General Northcott) when he attends the Church of St. John's, Ashfield, His Excellency will unveil a cenotaph erected in memory of 22 lads of the parish who died in World War II, and in honor of over 700 others who served.
Truth (Sydney), 27 October 1946.



Address:81 Alt Street, St John`s Anglican Church, Ashfield, 2131
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.881417
Long: 151.127595
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
View Google Map


Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict


Front Inscription

Erected In Memory Of
F.Sgt. Douglas Arthur
Aged 20 Years
Fighter Pilot
Killed in India
6th May 1994
2nd World War 1939 - 45
Per Ardua Ad Astra

Plaque :

In Memory Of
Former Members
Of The
Air Training Corps
Who Lost Their Lives In
Defence Of Australia
1941 - 1945


Left Side Inscription

In Everlasting Tribute 
To Those Parishioners
Of St John`s Church
Of England Ashfield
Who Served In The
Fighting Forces Of
Australia During
The 2nd World War
1939 - 1945

Back Inscription


In Memory Of 
Parishioners Of
St John`s Church
Who Made The
Supreme Sacrifice
During The 2nd
World War
1939 - 1945

[ Names ]

They Shall Grow Not Old
As We That Are Left Grow Old
Age Shall Not Weary Them
Nor The Years Condemn
At The Going Down Of The Sun
And In The Morning
We Will Remember Them

Right Side Inscription

In Everlasting Tribute 
To Those Parishioners 
Of St John`s Church 
Of England Ashfield 
Who Served In The 
Fighting Forces Of 
Australia During 
The 2nd World War
1939 - 1945

Source: MA,HNSW
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
Proudly sponsored by UBC Web Design