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Legerwood Memorial Trees

ON 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,
Deodar—William Hyde,
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 the Anzacs.

Legerwood Trees

In 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.

1. The ANZAC Tree.

This 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.

The ANZAC tree carving
(Photo courtesy of J Jacks)

The ANZAC tree
2. John Charles Earnest Riseley.

Lance Corporal, 47th Australian Infantry, No. 4019. Died 13/4/1917. John Risley was wounded by a bomb and later died and was buried in Bullecourt, France.

John was thought to be working at the local sawmill before his call to arms, he enlisted in Scottsdale.

Lance Corporal 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.

John Risely tree sculpture at Legerwood
3. George Peddle.

Private, 40th Battalion, No. 2628. 25 years old, killed in action, 13/10/1917 at Passchendaele, Belgium.

Before listing in WW1, George Peddle worked in the Legerwood area as a Saw mill manager, bullock driver and bushman.

He is depicted in his bushman’s coat with a crosscut saw and an axe in a tree.

George Peddle carved tree.
(Photo courtesy of J Jacks)
4. John Henry Gregg McDougall,

Private, 40th 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.

John McDougall tree Sculpture
5. Robert James Jenkins.

Private, 12th 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.

His carving depicts him sitting back in the trenches looking towards his beloved Trippy as well other facets of a soldiers life.

The sculptures on the Robert Jenkins tree
6. William Henry Hyde.

Private, 52nd 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.

William Hyde tree sculpture
7. Thomas Edward Edwards

Private, 40th 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 the Donkey’

8. Alan Robert Andrews

Private, 12th 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 farm.

The sculpture depicts his life on the farm, complete with dog

Allan Robert Andrews tree Sculpture

9.The Gallipoli Tree

The Gallopoli Tree Sculpture

10. Standing on the corner of the Tasman Highway pointing towards Legerwood Memorial Trees

Tree Sculpture pointing towards Legerwood

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Robert Jenkins carved tree at Legerwood
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.)

 

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