The ANZAC Memorial was created by the people of New South Wales as a place to remember the impact of the Great War (1914 – 1918). Although the Memorial did not open until 1934 the need for the Memorial was recognised as soon as the casualty figures from the 1915 Gallipoli campaign became public knowledge. Planning for a Memorial of some kind began with the establishment of a fund on the first anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli in 1916.


On this day
4 July

1918 — The Battle of HAMEL, France. Planned and executed by Lt Gen Monash, this battle became the model for later Western Front battles

1918 — L/Cpl T. AXFORD won a Victoria Cross by attacking a German machine-gun position with bombs and bayonet during the battle at HAMEL WOOD

1918 — PTE H. DALZIEL won a Victoria Cross at HAMEL WOOD by making a single-handed attack on a an Enemy machine-gun post, capturing the gun and its crew. He then collected ammunition and reloaded magazines

1941 — A/WGCDR H. EDWARDS won a Victoria Cross leading 12 bombers in a low level attack on the heavily defended port of Bremen. All 12 planes were hit, four being shot down