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Leichhardt First World War Memorial

Leichhardt First World War Memorial
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Description / Background

This war memorial is a grey marble pillar, topped with three steps and a statue of a lady. The honour roll names are inscribed on the body of the pillar. There are also several individual plaques with a name and date.

The below information about the missing field gun was provided by Mr Patrick James:

The 77mm field gun was captured by the 53rd Battalion Australian Imperial Force during operations near Peronne in France on 1 September 1918. It was presented to Leichhardt municipality and has been missing since 1980. 

Information in regard to this enquiry has been recieved from the Information Services department at the Australian War Memorial.

They advise the trustees to whom the gun was granted were the Mayor and Town Clerk of the Council of the Municipality of Leichhardt. The most recent correspondence on file is the record of the despatch of the trophy to Leichhardt in 1921.

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Inscription

Plaque 1

Erected by the citizens in grateful remembrance of the men of Leichhardtwho gave their lives for God, King and Country in the Great War 1914–1919 'They died that we might be free'

Plaque 2

This 77mm Field Gun was captured by the 53rd Battalion A.I.F. during operations near Peronne in France on September 1st 1918, and it was for the conspicuous gallantry displayed in such capture that Pte. William Matthew Currey, of Leichhardt was awarded the Victoria Cross.

[Note: The gun is no longer at the park]

Plaque 3

Unveiled by His Excellency Sir Walter E. Davidson K.C.M.G. Governor of New South Wales 9th April 1922. 

Veterans listed on this memorial

Last held rank Given name Family name Conflict/s Service No. Service Campaign Read more
A J ADDISON World War 1 view
A AHRADSEN World War 1 view
J R ALEXANDER World War 2 view
A V ANDERSON World War 1 view
C H ANDERSON World War 1 view
F C ANDERSON World War 1 view
J R M ARCHIBALD World War 2 view
W H ARNOLD World War 1 view
D H ARTHURSON World War 1 view
A ASHTON World War 1 view

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Address
Pioneer Park
Norton Street
Leichhardt NSW 2040
Local Government Area
Inner West Council
Setting
Garden/park
Memorial type
Column/pillar
Recorded by
Jane Williamson. Janice Williams. Peter Levarre-Waters. Patrick James.
Year of construction
1921-1922
Dedication date
09 April 1922
Conflict/s
First World War, 1914–18