Memorial Weaponry

The troopships that brought the soldiers home from Europe and the Middle East after WW1also contained the 'spoils of war' namely weapons captured on the field of battle; for the most part these comprised field guns, trench mortars and machine guns. Generally these shipments were arranged by the Australian Govt.who then allocated them to the various State Govts. for distribution to War Memorial Committees who wished to mount them at the Memorials they were constructing. To handle the allocation of these weapons a State War Trophy Committee was set up, any town requiring a trophy had to nominate as Trustees for the trophy three prominent resident who then had to apply on a standard Form and agree to the following conditions:

(a) Arrange for it to be permanently housed in a public park, garden or building within the town, whichever may appear most suitable, and for it's subsequent preservation and safe custody.

(b) Arrange a simple ceremony at which it will be formally taken over.

(c) Bear all expenses connected with transport and installation after arrival at the nearest railway station.

To see the official allocation for Western Australia go HERE

Individual units also returned with weapons they had captured, in Western Australia the 10th.Light Horse appears to have been the only unit to do so with several field guns they captured in the Middle East Campaign. After WW2 large scale shipments of enemy weapons did not occur and none appear at W.A. Memorial sites although some sites do have Allied WW2 weapons including the Torpedo at the U.S.Submariners Memorial at Fremantle and a number of field guns supplied by the Australian Govt as surplus to their requirements . Two sites, Narrogin and the Boer War Memorial in Kings Park, have pre-WW1weapons. The following is a list of Memorial Sites that have or had weapons:

SITE

WEAPON
( see Memorial site page for photo)

Brookton War Memorial
Memorials/Wheatbelt/Brookton

WW2 25pdr.Field Gun - on site

Boer War Memorial, Kings Park
Memorials/Perth/Kings Park

Krupps 75mm. Field Gun - on site

Bassendean
Memorials/Perth/Bassendean

German Field Gun sited at original Memorial site as shown in Photo circa. 1920, present location u/k

Cannington

Two German machineguns mounted on top of Memorial, removed during WW2, present location u/k

Corrigin War Memorial
Memorials/Wheatbelt/Corrigin

Krupps 75mm. Field Gun captured from Turkish Army by 10th.Light Horse - on site

Coorow Memorial Hall
Memorials/Midwest/Coorow

WW2 25pdr.Field Gun - on site

Dumbelyung War Memorial
Site

WW2 25pdr. Field Gun - on site

Donnybrook War Memorial
Site

German Trench Mortar - on site

Guildford War Memorial
Site

2 x WW2 25pdr. Field Guns - on site

Katanning War Memorial
Site

Krupps 75mm. Field Gun - on site

Kellerberrin
Site

German 75mm.Field Gun, last seen school playground present location u/k

Kirup War Memorial

WW2 25pdr.Field Gun - on site

Koorda War Memorial

Skoda 75mm.Mountain Gun - on site

Moora War Memorial

Krupps 75mm. Field Gun - on site

Mundaring War Memorial

German Machinegun - present location u/k

Narrogin War Memorial

Victorian 9 pound Muzzle Loading Field Gun, 25pdr. Field gun, 40mm Canadian manufactured Bofors anti-aircraft gun believed to have been used in the defence of Darwin - all on site

Pinjarra

German trench mortar at original Memorial site - present location u/k

Rockingham War Memorial

WW2 25pdr. Field Gun - on site

South Perth War Memorial

German 170mm trench mortar - on site

Tobruk Memorial,Kings Park

WW2 25pdr. Field Gun - on site

Wongan Hills War Memorial

WW2 25pdr. Field Gun - on site

York War Memorial

Krupps 75mm. Field Gun - currently being renovated by Artillery Historical Society.Returned to York in 2006 and now kept in the York Shire Depot.

10th Light Horse Memoral, Kings Park

Krupps 75mm.Field Gun, removed to Irwin Barracks in the 1970s for renovation, present location u/k. Might be the one currently located at Corrigin.

'The Wall', Port Hedland

WW2 25pdr. Field Gun - on site

Truscott Memorial Club, Exmouth

WW2 25pdr. Field Gun - on site

Broome War Memorial

Krupps 75mm Field Gun No.165, now in Broome Museum

Gunners Memorial, Birdwood Parade, Nedlands

WW2 25pdr. Field Gun - on site

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