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03-March-2017
03-March-2017

Photographs supplied by Kathy Rieth (Ku-ring-gai Historical Society)

The Pozieres Cross is a battlefield relic from France, and it was erected on the battlefield to commemorate the members of the 18th Battalion who died in service or were killed in action in World War One,  After official war cemeteries were established, the cross was returned to Australia and placed in the Warrior`s Chapel of the church.

Pozieres was a battle in France during World War One when the 1st ANZAC Corps - comprising 1st, 2nd and 4th Australian Divisions - were engaged from 22 July and throughout August 1916, as part of the First Battle of the Somme.  The German hold on Pozieres Ridge threatened the British Army’s left flank.  Capturing the ridge would remove this threat and enhance the the chance of breaking through the German defenses.

On 22 July, 1st Division commenced the attack on Pozieres Ridge and on 27 July was relieved by 2nd Division, of which 18th Battalion was part. In desperate attacks, the Australians captured the crest of Pozieres Ridge.  They were relieved by the 4th Division on 6 August 1916.

The three Australian Divisions lost 23,000 officers and men in less than three weeks in the most intensive shelling and bombing experienced by the Australian Imperial Force in World War One. Over a period of 45 days, 19 major attacks were carried out by the Australians, 16 of which were at night.

Location

Address:754 Pacific Highway, St. John the Evangelist`s Anglican Church, Gordon, 2072
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.757153
Long: 151.152887
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Cross
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW1
Actual Event STart Date:22-July-1916
Actual Event End Date:07-August-2016

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 22nd April, 1934
Source: MA
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