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18-November-2014
18-November-2014

Photographs supplied by Kent Watson / Sandra Brown / Russell Byers

Leichhardt War Memorial commemorates those from the Leichhardt District who died in service or were killed in action in World Wars One and Two.  It was originally erected to commemorate World War One.

The monument also contains plaques to Private William Matthew Currey who was a recipient of the Victoria Cross in World War One and Corporal John Mackey who was a recipent of the Victoria Cross in World War Two.

The field gun referred to in one of the plaques is no longer in the park.

During the war over 3000 residents of Leichhardt enlisted, and saw active service. Of that number 350 were killed, and to perpetuate their memory a very fine memorial was unveiled by his Excellency Slr Walter Davidson yesterday afternoon. The ceremony, which was practically of a religious nature, also included the unveiling of a gun captured by the Australians from the Prussian Guards at Peronne. There was a very large gathering, estimated at about 10,000, to do honour to the local heroes.
The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW), 10 April 1922.

Location

Address:Norton Street, Pioneers Memorial Park, Leichhardt, 2040
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.878701
Long: 151.15683
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:Multiple
Actual Event STart Date:04-August-1914
Actual Event End Date:28-June-1919
Monument Designer:Gilbert Doble
Link:http://www.warmemorialsregister.nsw…

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 9th April, 1922
Front Inscription

HONOR TO THE DEAD

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W.M.Currey V.C                          J.Mackey V.C
1914-1918                                   1939-1945

 

             Erected
        By The Citizens
In Grateful Remembrance
                Of The 
MEN of LEICHHARDT
  Who Gave Their Lives
For God King And Country
     In The Great War
      1914 – 1919
"They Died That We Might Be Free"

Plaque : 

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 CONSPICUOUS 
GALLANTRY DISPLAYED IN SUCH CAPTURE THAT
 PTE. WILLIAM MATTHEW CURREY OF 
LEICHHARDT WAS AWARDED THE VICTORIA CROSS .


 

 

 

Left Side Inscription

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1939 - 1945

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Back Inscription

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James Gorman V.C.
5 - 11 - 1854
Battle Of Inkerman

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

Right Side Inscription

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1939 - 1945

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Source: MA,SKP,NRWM
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