Plaque from 1 Australian Tunnelling Company memorial : Hill 60

Accession Number RELAWM05099.002
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Enamelled metal
Maker Unknown
Place made France
Date made 1919
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Rectangular enamelled steel dedication plaque containing the details of 15 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 left face of the original memorial, are:

Sapper Thomas Hutchison
Sapper James Brown Sneddon
Sapper Donald Mitchell Blair
Sapper Charles Glew
Sapper Arthur Alva Gray
Sapper Kenneth George Hamilton
Sapper Walter Manhood
Sapper Lyle Ranger
Sapper John Wallace
Sapper Harry Theodore Hughes
Sapper Thomas Munn
Sapper Robert Hughes
Sapper George Ernest Goodson
Sapper Harold Grabham
Sapper Archie Kennedy