Corner figures

Four standing figures adorn the highest corners of the Anzac Memorial building. They represent each of the four branches of Australian service during the Great War: the naval commander represents the Royal Australian Navy (facing south-east); the infantry lieutenant the Australian Imperial Expeditionary Force (facing north-east), the matron the Australian Army Nursing Service (facing north-west); and the air force officer the Australian Flying Corps (facing south-west)

 

 

On this day

On this day
24 April

1918 — Second Battle of VILLERS-BRETONNEUX began. Australian and British troops fought to regain the town that had been captured just three weeks earlier. There were 1469 Australian casualties, many due to mustard gas

1918 — LT C. SADLIER won a Victoria Cross for his inspirational gallantry during the battle at Villers-Bretonneux