Cumnock NSW War Memorials
The Cumnock NSW War Memorials website was set up in June 2016 and traces the history of service men and women who have lived in Cumnock and the nearby districts prior to him/her serving in the Armed Forces. The site has listed service men and women alphabetically and by conflict.
The information provided about the service men and women has been researched and written by Mrs Dianne Strahan and Mrs Valmai McKenzie, on behalf of the Cumnock Progress Association Inc. We began this project following Anzac Day 2015, after recognising the need to leave a lasting legacy of the lives of the war veterans who served for their country from our district. Thank you to Bronwyn Flick for her graphic design skills in setting up the website, and for her time and effort in teaching us to use the site.
We acknowledge support for this project by the Cabonne Council, who have assisted with a donation towards the cost of setting up this website.
Information has been sourced through the Cumnock War Memorial plaques, records from the Australian War Memorial and the Australian National Archives, newspaper reports, Ancestry records, descendants and various other sources.
As the starting off point for researching a service person often only starts with a surname and a Christian name initial, not all of them are able to be identified. Writing all the profiles and adding to the site is an ongoing project that will take several years to complete, and we will add individual ones as we can.
One outcome that our project has achieved so far has been to acknowledge the 12 soldiers who served from Cumnock in the Second Boer War (who had previously been unrecognised) and to honour them with a brass plaque on our War Memorial Gates at our 2017 Anzac Day Commemoration Service.
We welcome feedback, further information and especially the provision of a photo that descendants or readers may provide on any of the service men or women. Readers are welcome to use the information on this site, but please acknowledge the source and authors if publishing any part, or all, of the individual profiles.
In some cases we may be able to provide more information about an individual than what is provided in the profile. An email link can be found under the Contact tab. (Updated Dec 2018)
CUMNOCK, NSW, AUSTRALIA
Cumnock is located in the Central West of New South Wales, on the Banjo Paterson Way between Molong and Yeoval.
The nearest regional cities are Orange 59km and Dubbo 93km.
Cumnock is small village which, at the 2011 census, had a population of 275 people. Outlying areas of the township are Eurimbla, Baldry, Yullundry and Larras Lee.
Cumnock is part of the Cabonne Shire Council, in the county of Gordon and the parish of Burrawong.
The settlement was originally known as Burrawong Crossroads or just the Crossroads. The first establishment was a hotel and mail depot built by James Gallagher in 1865. It was renamed Cumnock after Cumnock, Ayrshire, Scotland, in March 1879 - a name suggested by William Ross, of Dilga Station, who was born there.
Cumnock celebrated its 150th centenary on Saturday 17 September 2015.
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