06. THE PONTVILLE WAR Memorial tasmania

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The Pontville War Memorial is tucked away in a corner of the park in the tiny village of Pontville, about 20 minutes drive north of Tasmania's capital city of Hobart. The main gate which leads to the memorial is left locked so one must either walk up the street and through the park or jump the fence to gain access! Originally a WW1 memorial only, erected in 1920, it contains the names of returned soldiers and those killed in action during this  war. It has been amended in subsequent years  to include the names of other wars which have occurred since then (but not names of individuals who fought in these wars).


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Roy Bayles Harper served with the 40th Battalion of the A.I.F., initially as a Private. The Battalion was dispatched from England to France in November, 1916. Roy received a promotion to Lieutenant Corporal on the 3rd of February, 1917. He  was wounded in action near Armentieres, France, on the 11th of February 1917 and, the following day,  he died as a result of the wounds he sustained. He is buried in the Cite Bon Jean Military Cemetery, Armentieres and is listed on the Memorial at Pontville.