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105 mm Field Gun - War Memorial, Enfield, NSW, Australia
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Grahame Cookie
S 33° 53.283 E 151° 05.477
56H E 323490 N 6248617
Quick Description: Atop a sandstone WW1 memorial is a 105 mm Field Howitzer, IFH16.
Location: New South Wales, Australia
Date Posted: 6/4/2018 6:47:04 AM
Waymark Code: WMYE12
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member NCDaywalker
Views: 0

Long Description:
Unlike many of the displayed Howitzers of the First World War (externally displayed), this is a fine example, even to the extent of having the wooden wheels preserved. [War Memorial Register: (visit link) ]

From the Artillery History website:

"The gun is part of the Enfield War Memorial that is located in a commanding position on a large stone plinth. The war memorial was constructed by Enfield Municipal Council and unveiled at 3.30pm on Saturday 11th October 1924 by the Hon. Sir Thomas Rainsford Bavin Esq., M.L.A., Attorney General. The monument not only perpetrates “the memory of brave men and women, but also engender a feeling of rejoicing that by the great sacrifice made we are still able to enjoy the freedom that the British Empire gave.” Alderman E. Ford, Mayor of Enfield 11th October 1924.

"The ‘History Sheet of Ceded War Trophy’ indicates that the 105mm German Howitzer was presented by the French Government and is registration number 14977. It was allocated to Enfield Municipality by the New South Wales Trophy Committee in 1921 as part of the Metropolis of Sydney allocation of eight Guns, four Trench Mortars and Sixteen Machine Guns.

"The gun was restored and repainted in 1991 by G.F. Wilsons and Son Pty Ltd at Councils request. Our files indicate that the gun had received a major restoration shortly before 1991 but had signs of rust and the wood had been poorly treated. The war memorial recently underwent restoration in late 2006. The restoration works involved the removal and replacement of damaged stone at the base of the monument to match the existing sandstone, cleaning, re-pointing and sealing the monument, and plaques to returning it to its original glory. The restoration was funded by Strathfield Municipal Council and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs ‘Saluting their Service’ Commemoration Grant scheme, the work was arranged by the Enfield/Croydon Park RSL Sub Branch."

Type of gun: 105 mm Field Howitzer IFH16
Serial Number: 14977
[Artillery History (Australia): (visit link) ]

Address: Corner of Coronation Parade and Liverpool Road, Enfield, NSW, 2136, Australia

Visited: 1454, Sunday, 29 April, 2018
What type of artillery is this?: Field Gun

Where is this artillery located?: Monument grounds

What military of the world used this device?: France

Date artillery was in use: 1/1/1916

Date artillery was placed on display: 10/11/1924

Parking location to view this Waymark: S 33° 53.250 E 151° 05.484

Cost?: 0.00 (listed in local currency)

Artillery is no longer operational: yes

Still may work: no

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