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Memorial Garden : 06-November-2014
Memorial Garden : 06-November-2014

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A garden commemorates Private Robert Mactier who posthumously received the Victoria Cross for his actions during World War One. Robert Mactier was born in Tatura.

The operation for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross took place during the Mont St Quentin campaign, on the night of 31 August 1918. Mactier's brigade was meant to be in a certain position by the next morning in order to launch an attack on the village overlooking Péronne. However, there were some German strongholds that had to be passed if his brigade was to gain its position. The situation was at a stalemate until Private Mactier, who had been sent ahead as a runner to investigate, took the matter into his own hands by charging a German post, throwing a bomb and then climbing over the wire, killing the eight men there.

Continuing on a further few metres to the next post, another garrison surrendered to him. As these Germans were sent back to Australian lines, Mactier continued his campaign, capturing a machine-gun and killing its crew, before finally being shot by a nearby machine-gun. It is stated that his performance greatly assisted Australian troops, giving them an opportunity to break through the German lines and begin the Mont St Quentin operation.

He is buried in Hem-Monacu cemetery, and his VC is displayed in the Australian War Memorial's Hall of Valour.

Location

Address:Hogan Street & Flanagan Place, Tatura, 3616
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.440191
Long: 145.231957
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Garden
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Military
Actual Event STart Date:01-September-1918
Actual Event End Date:01-September-1918

Dedication

Front Inscription

ROBERT MACTIER V.C.
MEMORIAL GARDEN
Plaque on War Memorial:
This plaque is to commemorate
the 80th anniversary
of the posthumous awarding of
the VICTORIA CROSS to
PRIVATE ROBERT MACTIER
for conspicuous bravery
at Mont St Quentin - France
1st September 1918.

Unveiled By
Major Fred Bell RFD. Ed.
Executive member, Victoria Branch R.S.L.
Australia.

Lest We Forget

Plaque on War Memorial:
PRIVATE ROBERT MACTIER V.C.
1st September 1918.
It was entirely due to this man`s exceptional bravery and determination in successively attacking single handed in broad daylight three enemy positions that his battalion was able to move to its jumping off trench and carry out the successful operation of capturing the village of Mont St. Quentin.

Source: MA,SKP
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