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19-June-2016 (Chris McLaughlin)
19-June-2016 (Chris McLaughlin)

Photographs supplied by Dennis Buck / Chris McLaughlin

A park commemorates Arthur Gurney who was awarded the Victoria Cross (V.C.) during World War Two. A plaque commemorates the 50th anniversary of World War Two and those who served in that conflict. 

Arthur Gurney was born on the 15 December 1908 at Day Dawn. Before the World War Two he was a professional cyclist and worked at the Perth Electricity and Gas Company. He joined 2/48th battalion in Tobruk and was part of an attack at Tel el Eisa that was pinned down by enemy fire which killed every officer in the company. Private Gurney charged the nearest enemy machine gun outpost and bayoneted three men.

He then continued to a second outpost, bayoneted two men and sent out a third man as prisoner. At this stage, grenades were thrown at Gurney which knocked him to the ground. He picked up his rifle and charged the third outpost with his bayonet. He disappeared and his body was later found in an enemy outpost. For this heroic action he was awarded the Victoria Cross. Arthur Gurney is buried in El Alamein War Cemetery.

Location

Address:Austin Street, Cue, 6640
State:WA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -27.422778
Long: 117.898611
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Park
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Military
Actual Event STart Date:03-September-1939
Actual Event End Date:15-August-1945
Link:http://www.anzac.dpc.wa.gov.au/

Dedication

Front Inscription

ARTHUR STANLEY GURNEY V.C.
MEMORIAL PARK

Plaque:
THIS ARTHUR STANLEY GURNEY VC
MEMORIAL PARK
WAS OFFICIALLY OPENED BY
THE PRESIDENT OF THE SHIRE OF CUE

COUNCILLOR IAN HAMILTON, JP
                    ON
       AUSTRALIA DAY 
       26th JANUARY 1997

 

Plaque :

Australia Remembers
50th Anniversary. 

The People Of The District Of Cue
Remember The Courageous Efforts
Of Those Who Served Australia
In World War II.  

Lest We Forget.

Source: MA,WMR
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