Plaque from 1 Australian Tunnelling Company memorial : Hill 60

Accession Number RELAWM05099.001
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Enamelled metal
Location Main Bld: First World War Gallery: Western Front 1917: Tunnellers at Hill 60
Maker Unknown
Place made France
Date made 1919
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Rectangular enamelled steel dedication plaque containing the details of 14 of the 29 Australians killed serving with the 1st Australian Tunnelling Company during 1916-1917. Sections of enamel are missing due to weathering prior to removal.

History / Summary

In 1919 the veterans of the 1st Australian Tunnelling Company erected a memorial on Hill 60, honouring the 29 comrades who had died there in 1916-1917. The memorial and its stove enamelled plaques weathered badly, and in 1923 a new and more robust monument, which stands on the site today, was constructed. The three original plaques, bearing the dedication and the names of the company’s dead, were returned to Australia.

The members of the company featured on this plaque, formerly attached to the right face of the original memorial, are:

Captain Wilfred Percival Avery
Lieutenant Arthur Elton Tandy
Second Lieutenant Glyndwr David Evans
Sergeant William Halliday Ruddick
Sergeant Ernest Alexander Bennett
Corporal John Downie Mudie
Corporal William O'Dea
Corporal John William Saxton
Sapper Harry Brown
Sapper Thomas Dobinson (Robinson on plaque)
Sapper William James Heathcote Brook
Sapper Donald McKay Matheson
Sapper Samuel Montgomery
Sapper James Thompson