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The wooden plaque commemorates the centenary of World War One 2014 - 2018. 

Australia’s involvement in the First World War began when Britain and Germany went to war on 4 August 1914, and both Prime Minister Joseph Cook and Opposition Leader Andrew Fisher, who were in the midst of an election campaign, pledged full support for Britain. The outbreak of war was greeted in Australia, as in many other places, with great enthusiasm.

On 25 April 1915 members of the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) landed on Gallipoli in Turkey with troops from New Zealand, Britain, and France. This began a campaign that ended with an evacuation of allied troops beginning in December 1915. The next year Australian forces fought campaigns on the Western Front and in the Middle East.

Throughout 1916 and 1917 losses on the Western Front were heavy and gains were small. In 1918 the Australians reached the peak of their fighting performance in the battle of Hamel on 4 July. From 8 August they then took part in a series of decisive advances until they were relieved in early October. Germany surrendered on 11 November.

For Australia, the First World War remains the costliest conflict in terms of deaths and casualties. From a population of fewer than five million, 416,809 men enlisted, of whom more than 60,000 were killed and 156,000 wounded, gassed, or taken prisoner.


Address:Taylors Road, Burnt Pine, Norfolk Island RSL, Norfolk Island, 2899
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -29.036241
Long: 167.955695
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:04-August-1914
Actual Event End Date:11-November-2018


Front Inscription

Their Sacrifice - Our Heritage
Norfolk Island RSL
We nawa gwen fonget dem


Commemorating the Centenary of WW1
1914 / 1918  to  2014/2018
~ With Appreciation ~

Dem Norf`k mien en` gehl se 
miek orl aklan staan ap

Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au