Second-Lieutenant Hugo Throssell V.C.Print Page
A monument commemorates Hugo Throssell who was awarded the Victoria Cross during World War One. On the 25th April 2015, a statue of Hugo Throssell was unveiled at the site as part of the centenary of ANZAC.
Hugo Throssell came from a farming family in the Northam area. On 29 August 1915 the 10th Light Horse was brought into action to take a long trench, of which 100 yards was held by Turkish troops on the summit of Hill 60 at Gallipoli. As a guard, Throssell killed five Turks while his men constructed a barricade across their part of the trench. When a fierce bomb fight began, Throssell and his soldiers held their bombs on short fuse until the last possible moment before hurling them at the enemy on the other side of the barricade.
Throssell, who at one stage was in sole command, was wounded twice. His face covered in blood from bomb splinters in his forehead, he repeatedly yelled encouragement to his men. For his part in the battle Hugo Throssell was awarded the Victoria Cross (V.C.). It was the first V.C. to be received by a Western Australian in the war.
|Address:||Fitzgerald Street East , Avon Mall, Northam, 6401|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -31.653491|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Approx. Monument Dedication Date:||Joan Walsh-Smith & Charles Smi|