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The ANZAC Memorial

Description

The memorial is a three sided pillar about 1.5 metres in height. Inscriptions: Face 1; ANZAC MEMORIAL. We Will Remember Them. Face 2; A.I.F. In memory of Anzac volunteer troops who after action at Gallipoli in 1915 passed through hospitals and training camps in Dorset. Face 3; N.Z.E.F. These Anzac troops later moved from Dorset to action in Palestine and the Western Front. Base; They Came From Afar In The Cause Of Freedom.


History

Weymouth was the depot for the Anzacs Gallipoli casualties sent to UK hospitals for treatment and then discharged as convalescent. The depot opened in May 1915 and was the joint Australian and New Zealand depot until the NZ depot opened at Hornchurch in Essex in April 1916. Weymouth then became AIF Command Depot No.2 which accommodated those men not expected to be fit for duty within six months, therefore, most of the Diggers repatriated as a result of wounds or sickness passed through Weymouth. During the years 1915-1919 over 120,000 Australian and New Zealand troops passed through Weymouth.

The ANZAC Memorial commemorates the Australian and New Zealand troops who were accommodated in camps in the town during WW1. In Weymouth and Melcombe Regis Cemetery there are graves of those Anzacs who were never to return to their homelands.


Construction information

No information available at this time.


Location

The Esplanade, Weymouth, England.

The memorial is located on the sea front

near to the Pier Bandstand at the north end of The Esplanade.

 

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Memorial Aspect 1

Memorial Aspect 2