THIS MEMORIAL IS DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF ALL AUSTRALIAN SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN WHO FOUGHT TO DEFEND OUR COUNTRY.
As with all war memorials throughout Australia, this memorial does not seek to glorify war, but rather acknowledge the sacrifices made on countless battlefields where many Australians prepared to fight and die for the freedom we enjoy.
Following the end of World War 1, records show that three war trophies were returned to the town of Rosewood. These were:
– A 15cm Heavy Artillery Howitzer
– A 76mm German Trench Mortar, and
– A German Machine-Gun
Two of these war trophies are on display here in ANZAC Park, Rosewood. The whereabouts of the machine-gun is unfortunately unknown.
GERMAN 15cm SFH 13 HEAVY ARTILLERY HOWITZER This gun was captured by the 11th Battalion A.I.F. at Chuignolles on 25 August 1918.
It is a short barrelled heavy artillery gun known for its ability to fire on a trajectory that enabled the shell to plunge almost vertically onto its target, allowing enemy positions behind hills and ridges to be reached.
– Weight in action 2,250kg
– Shell Weight 42kg
– Maximum range of 8,600 metres
GERMAN 76mm MINENWERFER TRENCH MORTAR
There is no record of where this German trench mortar was captured and it is unfortunately not a complete unit as its tail piece, which was used for towing, similar to the Howitzer, is missing.
Weight in action 100kg
– Rate of fire 20 rpm
– Range of 300-1,000 metres
‘LEST WE FORGET’
These captured trophies from WW1 were rededicated back to the town of Rosewood on 27th July 2002. The blessing was performed by Fr. Charles Casey and unveiled by original Dungaree Eric Abraham.