The arch, originally to commemorate those who served in World War One, was unveiled by Sir George Fuller, Premier of NSW, on April 25 1925.
The arch now stands for all those who have served, with the Kiama/Jamberoo RSL sub-branch working to update the honour rolls on the War Memorial Arch to recognise the region’s servicemen and women who have been involved in more recent conflicts or peace-keeping operations including Korea, Malaya, Vietnam, Somalia, East Timor, Bougainville, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Gordon Grellman Wall of Remembrance, constructed adjacent to Kiama’s War Memorial Arch in Terralong Street, was unveiled by Mayor Brian Petschler on 11 November 2013. Relatives of deceased veterans can request their service to country be recognised on the memorial wall, regardless of where they lived when they enlisted or where they were born.
The wall, named after WWII pilot and former Kiama/Jamberoo RSL sub-branch member Gordon Grellman, is believed to be the only one of its kind in Australia.