Anzacs commemorated in York

Ten life sized silhouettes of York Anzacs will be popping up around the streets of York this week. 

These figures are the first of 100 to be produced for the 2018 exhibition Walk With Us – Remembering Them.

They have been created as part of the York Residency Museum’s commitment to involving the community in local Anzac heritage.

Wherever possible, the silhouettes are being situated in places that have links the person; for instance, one of Trooper Maitland Hoops of the Tenth Light Horse will be displayed in the York Palace Hotel, as the Hoops family had a store on that site until 1909, when it was demolished to make way for the hotel.

York’s War Memorial Park has had some upgrades and will again be the focus of this year’s Anzac Day commemorations in the town.

A new rock has been installed to better honour VC winner Lawrence Dominic McCarthy, born in York, and all service personnel who served in WW1.

The Krupp Gun awarded to the Shire in 1920 now has a shelter, which enables it to be put on long term display honouring its original intention. 

After WW1, captured German armaments were distributed around the country by the Government, intended for public display as a reminder they had been won at great cost in human sacrifice.

The gun has strong links to York through the 28th Battalion, in which many local men served including Lieutenant Edwin Edmondson, who participated in the capture of this Krupp gun on 11-12 Aug 1918, and was killed less than a month later.