Replica World War I honour roll unveiled at Kurri Kurri Public School

SPECIAL OCCASION: Member for Paterson Meryl Swanson unveils the replica World War I honour roll with Kurri Kurri Public School captains Bailey Parker and Zoe Barbour on Friday. Picture: Krystal Sellars

SPECIAL OCCASION: Member for Paterson Meryl Swanson unveils the replica World War I honour roll with Kurri Kurri Public School captains Bailey Parker and Zoe Barbour on Friday. Picture: Krystal Sellars

The names of former Kurri Kurri Public School students who served in World War I once again take pride of place on the walls of the school.

A replica honour roll, created by volunteers from Kurri Kurri Men's Shed, was unveiled at the school on Friday.

The project was part of Kurri Kurri's Centenary of Armistice activities, after a months-long search declared the original roll to be lost.

School principal Victoria Sturnam said it was a privilege for the school to have the honour roll on display in its library.

"It will be very proudly displayed in this position for years to come; a special place for students to reflect upon, especially when learning about Remembrance Day and Anzac Day," she said.

"Our students will be forever able to look at this honour roll, and discussion of the sacrifice of these men and women went through will never stop at Kurri Kurri Public School."

Member for Paterson, Meryl Swanson unveiled the honour board at her former school, saying it was an example of how to turn a sad loss into a positive thing.

"Many people thought the roll was gone, but look what we have to replace it. What a gift!" she said.

The original honour roll - which was unveiled at the school on March 2, 1918 - was described in a newspaper article as "seven feet high and five feet wide" with the words 'For King and Country' at its foot.

HISTORIC: The original honour roll. Picture: Cessnock City Library

HISTORIC: The original honour roll. Picture: Cessnock City Library

The Kurri Kurri Centenary of Armistice organising committee (led by historians John Gillam and Yvonne Fletcher) helped the men's shed secure a Saluting Their Service grant for the project.

The unveiling of the replica honour roll was another significant event to come from the Centenary of Armistice activities, which also included the return of Private William Kelly's medals to the school and a street parade in 2018.

The Maud Butler mural - also part of this project - will be unveiled on the side of Kurri Kurri Library on Monday at 10am, prior to the Remembrance Day service in nearby Rotary Park.