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30-October-2016
30-October-2016
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A brass plaque commemorates the deeds of the "Old Contemptibles" and is in memory of fallen comrades who served in World War One during the period between 5th August and 22nd November 1914.

The name 'Old Contemptibles' arose from an Order of the Day issued by the Kaiser, which mentioned 'Sir John French's contemptible little army'. All ranks of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) who served in France and Flanders within range of the enemy artillery during the period 5th August to 22nd November 1914 were entitled to call themselves 'Old Contemptibles'. The Old Contemptibles Association was founded by Captain J.P. Danny, RA on June 25th 1925. The Association had 178 branches in the United Kingdom and 14 overseas branches. It produced its own magazine The Old Contemptible and all members were known as "chums".

Note: A plaque commemorating "The Old Contemptibles" who fell during the First World War was unveiled by the Governor of Victoria, Sir Winston Dugan in the Cairns Memorial Church, East Melbourne on the 7th March 1948. (The Age, Melbourne, 8th March 1948). The Cairns Memorial Church was destroyed by fire in 1988 and it is unknown by Monument Australia if this is the same plaque. The plaque unveiled in 1948 bears the same wording as the plaque listed .
 

 

Location

Address:97 High Street, Maldon Athenaeum Library, Hall at rear, Maldon, 3463
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.995749
Long: 144.067701
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW1
Actual Event STart Date:05-August-1914
Actual Event End Date:22-November-1914

Dedication

Front Inscription
            To the Glory of God
                 AND TO
         THE MEMORY OF
      FALLEN COMRADES    

THIS PLAQUE COMMEMORATES
      THE DEEDS OF
THE OLD CONTEMPTIBLES  
  AUG 5th - NOV 22nd 1914                      
Source: MA
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