Ashfield

Ashfield

Approximately 764 members of the AIF listed Ashfield as the suburb they lived in, this figure includes a handful of soldiers who returned to Australia during the war and re-enlisted. 78 Ashfield soldiers are listed as having been killed in action, additionally 27 soldiers later died from wounds suffered in action and 4 soldiers died of disease for a total of 109 dead.

Following the War, Ashfield Council was given a gun seized during the Battle of Pozières, a battle that was fought mainly by ANZAC soldiers during the Battle of the Somme, as part of the War Trophy Distribution Scheme. It’s not known if Ashfield Council ever displayed the gun, and a year later Alderman Hammond called the War Trophy “a bit of scrap-iron”.  However, the media release at the time of the distribution labelled it a historically significant weapon.

ASHFIELD.-105 m.m. Belgian howitzer, captured by the 3rd Battalion, A.I.F. during the battle for Pozieres, on July 23, 1916. Considerable historical significance attaches to this gun, in that it is believed to be one of those used by the Belgian troops in defending their territory from the invading Germans in1914, subsequently being utilised by the enemy in his operations in France.

APA citation: WAR TROPHIES. (1921, February 15). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), p. 6. Retrieved November 6, 2018, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article15958388