Buninyong World War I Memorial Avenue of Honour


Author: Western Front Association Central Victoria Branch

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This Avenue was first planted by residents of the Buninyong and district on 30 June 1917.

These commemorate the 167 soldiers from the former Shire of Buninyong who died in that war, and whose name and number of their memorial tree are listed on the sign adjacent.

Most men were lost in battles in France, Belgium and at Gallipoli, Turkey.

Of the 167 men lost, 51 came from Buninyong, 15 from Warrenheip, 14 from Yendon, 13 from Elaine, with lesser numbers from other parts of the shire such as Napoleans, Cambrian Hill, Grenville, Scotsburn, Claredon, Durham Lead, Lal Lal and Navigators.

They were mostly buried in war cemeteries in France (102), Belgium (27), Gallipoli (14) and Egypt/Palestine (10).

On 25th April 1994, a Memorial Wall listing the names of all local men and women who served in World War One was unveiled by Mrs A B Coxall and Mrs F E S Scott, wives of Servicemen on the roll.

During the period 2014-2017 the avenue was restored and 167 plinths and bronze plaques were placed along the avenue.

The Avenue of Honour was rededicated on 1 July 2017 with updated signage and a Roll of Honour with the names of the 167 men killed in World War One.

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