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24-September-2015
24-September-2015

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The original cross was erected on the battlefield of Villers Brettoneux, France, in 1918 and unveiled in St Anne`s Church Ryde on Armistice Day, 1934, by Brigadier General Herring in memory of the men of the 51st Battalion AIF, who died in service or were killed in action during the counter attack at Villers Bretonneaux in 1918.

The cross was returned by the memorial authorities to Australia after World War One and was handed over to the 51st Militia Battalion at Ryde New South Wales.  In 1956, by mutual agreement between the parishioners of the church and the 51st Battalion AIF Association, the cross was transferred to St George`s Cathedral in Perth.

The cross had been erected on the battlefield by Sergeant Joe Tunnecliffe of Yanchep. Shells were roaring overhead as a memorial service was conducted by the chaplain of the 13th Brigade Padre Donald Blackwood. Because the 51st Battalion was largely a West Australian Unit, The State Executive of the RSL sought a transfer of the cross to St George`s Cathedral in Perth. In 1949, the parishioners at Ryde voted against a transfer.
The West Australian (Perth), 18th January 1950.

Location

Address:38 St Georges Terrace, Soldier`s Chapel, St George`s Cathedral, Perth, 6000
State:WA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -31.955569
Long: 115.86083
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Cross
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW1
Actual Event STart Date:04-August-1914
Actual Event End Date:28-June-1919

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 11th November, 1934
Front Inscription

Erected To The Memory Of
OFFICERS, NCO`s & MEN 
Of The 51st Battalion A.I.F.
Who Fell in the Counter Attack
            On
          Villers
       Brettonneaux
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Inscription in Proximity

This Cross Was Erected On The
Battle Field Of Villers-Bretonneux
In France 1918 And Dedicated In
St Anne`s Church, Ryde, On
Armistice Day 1934 To The Members
Of The 51st Battalion A.I.F. Who
Made The Supreme Sacrifice During
The Great War 1914 - 1918.

This Cross Was Placed Here
By Ex-Members Of The
51st Battalion Australian Imperial Force
and unveiled and re-dedicated on Sunday
the 11th day Of November 1956

Source: SKP, MA
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