April 24, 2018 0 comments

The history of Montville’s War Memorial

If you’re looking for an Anzac Day outing with a historical angle, come up to Montville and include the war memorial on your walk around town.

Montville’s war memorial has two parts. The official war memorial is the gateway to the Montville Village Hall, bearing the names of 33 men from the Montville district who served in World War 1, including six who never returned.

Montville’s war memorial has an unusual aspect. Under the heading of “Rejects”, the memorial lists six men who tried to enlist but were not accepted.

The memorial gates, carved from Helidon sandstone, were funded by public subscription and unveiled on November 11, 1921.

The other part of Montville’s memorial is a living memorial comprising six weeping figs planted to honour the sacrifice of the six local men who died in WWI. Today they spread their canopy over Memorial Avenue, sheltering the monthly village market, providing the backdrop for carols by candlelight and embracing the annual Anzac Dawn Service.

If you look closely at these majestic trees, you can see a small plaque on each trunk with the details of a fallen soldier.  Some of the plaques are disappearing into the trees as they continue to grow so the Montville Village Association has created new plaques.

Memorial Avenue and the war memorial gates are at the top of Montville’s Main Street on the Village Green.

Montville’s Anzac Day Service is held at the Memorial Gates on April 25, commencing at 5.30am.

Here’s a link to the video below.

You can also find more information at the Montville Historical Society website.

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