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P02205.011

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ID number P02205.011
Collection Photograph
Object type Black & white
Photographer Souillard, E
Physical description Black & white

Description

Mont St Quentin, Peronne, France. c. 1925. The original Memorial to the men of the 2nd Australian Division, featuring an heroic bronze statue of an Australian soldier bayoneting a German eagle. A bronze plaque on the pedestal of the monument reads: 'To the officers, non-commissioned officers and men of the 2nd Australian Division who fought in France and Belgium in the Great War 1916, 1917, 1918.' Several wreaths have been laid at the base of the memorial, including one from Le Conseil Municipal and another with a ribbon that reads: 'To our comrades of the Second Australian Division from the British Army.' The statue on top of the memorial and the bas reliefs on its sides, which were sculpted respectively by Lieutenant Web Gilbert and May Butler-George, were removed by the occupying German Army in 1940. They were later replaced with a new statue and new reliefs. (Donor E. Evans)