WW1 War Memorial - Howitzer Gun Moss Vale

Photo provided by Wingecarribee Shire Council
Description

German 15cm sFH13 heavy field Howitzer manufactured in 1917 by Friedrich Drupp

Part of the German arsenal the gun was captured near Weincourt d'Equipee, France by the 57th Battalion 1st AIF on 8 August 1918.

Senior Curator at the Australian War Memorial. His reply follows:

The AWM Board of Trustees approved the permanent loan of the gun to Moss Vale Apex Club in 1969. The gun was delivered in 1970. On 29 July 1997 the Wingecarribee shire council approached the AWM asking that as the Apex club no longer existed, the loan be transferred to the Council, so that it could be restored.   The AWM instead offered to transfer ownership to the Council, in a letter of  August 6 1997. This offer was accepted by the Council in a letter of 28 January 1998 from Charles W Dunlop, Director Technical Services. The AWM then notified Mr Dunlop of the transfer of ownership in a letter from M Etzel to Mr Dunlop of 21 April 1998.  AWM file 98/2123.

The gun was one of a battery of four guns captured. Two of the four are at Ballarat.

Inscription

Nil Inscriptions - Plaques

Address
Argyle Street
Apex Park
Moss Vale NSW 2577
Location/surrounding area
Apex Park - Gun Park, Moss Vale
Recorded by
Parks & Open Spaces Asset Co-ordinator
Established date
1969 on permanent loan from Australian War Memorial to Moss Vale Apex Club
Established Date format: 
$e_original_date = $entity->field_established['und'][0][value]; if (!empty($e_original_date)) { $changed_date = strtotime($e_original_date); $new_date = date("d F Y", $changed_date); print '
Established date
'; print $new_date; } else{ print ''; }
Dedication date: 
21 April 1998 transfer of ownership from AWM to Wingecarribee Shire Council
Dedication date
01 January 1970
Conflict/s
First World War, 1914-1918
France - Weincourt d'Equipee

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