Eastgrove Park Memorial Gates

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Sitting alone at the entrance to Eastgrove Park is a pair of gates, if there ever was a connecting fence it is long gone. On it is inscribed three names of men from the area.

Private Hilton Lloyd Bell served in the Second World War and was born in Goulburn NSW in 1921.

He served in both the Citizens Military Forces and the Second Australian Imperial Force for sixteen months of which eight were on active service. He joined the AIF in November 1941 as part of the 18th Field Ambulance before transferring to the 2/2 Field Ambulance on the 6 October 1942. He served in New Guinea as part of the 3rd Division without incident before his death of a Pontine Haemorrhage, a form of intracranial haemorrhage caused by chronic hypertension on 27 March 1943. He is buried in the Lae War Cemetery in Papua New Guinea and is commemorated on a plaque at the Eastgrove Park/Confoy Fields as well as on panel 86 within the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial, Second World War Roll of Honour. He was 21 years old

Private Michael Cosgrove served in the Second World War and was born in Goulburn NSW. He served in both the Citizens Military Forces and the Second Australian Imperial Force. He joined the AIF as part of the 2/3rd Australian Infantry Battalion and served in Papua and New Guinea as part of the 3rd Division. He was killed in action on 18 October 1942 in Papua. He is buried in the Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery and is commemorated on a plaque at the Eastgrove Park/Confoy Fields as well as panel 64 within the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial, Second World War Roll of Honour. He was 22 years old.

Corporal Hubert George Stewart served in the Second World War and was born in Goulburn NSW in 1916. He joined the Second Australian Imperial Force in October 1939 as part of the 2/1st Australian Infantry Battalion and saw service in Greece, Crete and Papua New Guinea including service on the Kokoda Trail. His service record lists a number of infractions of Absence without Leave, and for drunkenness, but progressed up the ranks, reaching the rank of Corporal. Prior to his death, he trained at the First Australian Army Regimental Training School as a Section Commander for Machine Guns. He was killed in action on 29 January 1945 in New Guinea. He is buried in the Lae War Cemetery in Papua New Guinea and is commemorated on a plaque at the Eastgrove Park/Confoy Fields as well as on panel 29 within the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial, Second World War Roll of Honour. He was 28 years old.

Lest we Forget