15th October 1918 a ceremony was held in the railway reserve
at Ringarooma Road (Renamed Legerwood in Dec.1918). 9 trees were planted
to honour soldiers killed in World War 1
As the names
of the fallen were called out , a relative or near relative came
forward to hold the tree until it was planted.
Douglas Fir Alan Andrews,
Giant Sequoia Thomas Edwards,
Giant Sequoia-Robert Jenkins,
Deodar John McDougall,
Douglas Fir-George Peddle ,
Deodar-John Riseley ,
and a Weymouth Pine at each end of the avenue for Gallipoli and
2001 a report on the condition of the trees showed that they were
no longer safe and the community were devastated that their memorials
would be lost.
In 2004 it
was suggested that the stumps be carved into a likeness of each
soldier. Eddie Freeman a chainsaw carver , from Ross, was employed
by the Legerwood Hall and Reserves Committee to sculpt the masterpieces
you see today.
The ANZAC Tree.
carving is dedicated to the soldiers that served their country in
World War 1. The Anzac Cross, The Battle of Lone Star and the Australian
Flag are in the carving.
(Photo courtesy of J Jacks)
John Charles Earnest Riseley.
47th Australian Infantry, No. 4019. Died 13/4/1917. John Risley
was wounded by a bomb and later died and was buried in Bullecourt,
John was thought
to be working at the local sawmill before his call to arms, he enlisted
Risley was in a fatigue party, who were burning rubbish in a shell
hole to warm themselves, which evidently proved to be on top of
an unexploded bomb, the heat caused it to explode and John was seriously
wounded about the body. He was placed on a stretcher and taken to
the dressing station, he died of multiple bomb wounds 3 to 4 days
after admission. He was married to Alice May (nee McNally) .
-He is depicted
as a soldier in uniform with his rifle and packs.
Battalion, No. 2628. 25 years old, killed in action, 13/10/1917
at Passchendaele, Belgium.
in WW1, George Peddle worked in the Legerwood area as a Saw mill
manager, bullock driver and bushman.
He is depicted
in his bushmans coat with a crosscut saw and an axe in a tree.
of J Jacks)
John Henry Gregg McDougall,
Battalion, No 3075. Killed in action 13/10/1917 at Passchendaele
Belgium aged 19.
Before enlisting in WW1, John McDougall worked at the Ringarooma
Road Railway station as a Railway porter.
Ringarooma Road station was the name used until 1920, when by public
opinion it was changed to Legerwood Station.
The sculpture shows him in Railway uniform and cap, waving a flag.
Robert James Jenkins.
Battalion, No. 3571, died of wounds on 7/1/1917 aged 28. He was
originally from Chasewater Cornwall England.
The son of W
H and Hanna Jenkins. He enlisted at Ringarooma. Robert was engaged
to Miss Amy Frances (Trippy) Forsythe.
depicts him sitting back in the trenches looking towards his beloved
Trippy as well other facets of a soldiers life.
William Henry Hyde.
Battalion Australian Inf. No.3566. Died of wounds 7/7/1916 aged
27 years. Buried France 768 Estaires Communal Cemetery.
A Deodar tree
was planted for William Hyde who worked in the Legerwood area as
a saw mill hand.
He is represented
in the sculpture wearing a timber-workers apron, carrying a piece
of lumber on his shoulder and there is a bandsaw beside him.
Thomas Edward Edwards
Battalion, No.3038 Australian Infantry A.I.F. Killed in action.
Born 9/9/1893, Died 19/2/1918, aged 25 years.
A sawmill worker,
Thomas left behind a wife, Florence. The sculpture includes 10 minor
carvings, featuring 8 soldiers in trenches, ( one recovering from
mustard gas poisoning, a soldier using a periscope, writing
a letter home) a war nurse and Simpson, the iconic Man with
Alan Robert Andrews
Battalion, No. 4280 killed in Action, died 25/7/1916 at Pozieres
France, aged 19 years and 2 months.
His mother said
that before leaving to serve his country he was helping on the family
depicts his life on the farm, complete with dog
Standing on the corner of the Tasman Highway pointing
towards Legerwood Memorial Trees
The Robert James
Jenkins tree. (Photo courtesy of J Jacks)
On the Thomas
Edwards tree. (Photo Courtesy of J Jacks)
Andrews and Edwards
trees. (Photo Courtesy of J Jacks.)