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Anchor and obelisk commemorate the naming of town of Glossop in 1921 after Vice Admiral J.C.Glossop Commander of HMAS Sydney in the Battle of Cocos during World War One.

On 9 November 1914,  Sydney was detailed to leave the convoy to investigate reports of an unknown vessel off the Cocos (Keeling) Islands. This vessel turned out to be the German cruiser SMS Emden. In the resulting engagement, Sydney was hit early by the long-ranging 10.5 cm guns of Emden, which resulted in four dead and twelve wounded. However, the superior firepower of the Australian cruiser’s broadside soon told and Emden was left “beached and done for” on North Keeling Island with the loss of 131 men. 

Location

Address:Old Sturt Highway, Glossop, 5344
State:SA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.27036
Long: 140.529652
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Military

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 19th August, 1978
Front Inscription

          GLOSSOP
PROCLAIMED AUGUST 1921
NAMED IN COMMEMORATION OF
VICE-ADMIRAL J. C. GLOSSOP, CB. RN.
WHO SERVED WITH DISTINCTION AS
COMMANDER OF HMAS SYDNEY IN THE
BATTLE OF COCOS ISLAND
9TH NOVEMBER 1914
UNVEILED BY MAYOR H. A. BOSMAN
19TH AUGUST 1978

Source: TOH
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