Fremantle’s 849 honoured for ANZAC centenary

This Saturday is going to a very special day in Fremantle.

One hundred years on from the Gallipoli landings, the City of Fremantle will honour Fremantle’s fallen servicemen with Western Australia’s only World War One plaque unveiling this ANZAC Day.

The twelve plaques–which bear all 849 names of the Fremantle servicemen who failed to return from World War One–will be unveiled at the Fremantle Dawn Service, as part of the City’s ANZAC centenary dedications.

Over 3000 men and women from the Fremantle region served in the Great War of 1914-1919.  It is extraordinary to think so many didn’t  return home.

To coincide with this anniversary researcher Andrew Pittaway (who also works for the City of Freo) launched last weekend his impressive book Fremantle Voices of the Great War which tells the story of the war service of Fremantle people through their own accounts taken from diaries, letters, oral histories and over two hundred photos, many never before published.

Extensive garden works and service upgrades to the Monument Hill have been completed in the lead up to the event, with free shuttle bus services and additional projection screens ensuring the Dawn Service can cater for the large number of people expected to attend,

For the dawn service the City has arranged two free private shuttle bus services to collect people from the Fremantle Train Station and overflow parking at Fremantle Park and take them to Monument Hill, using the existing bus stop on High Street at the base of the site (see map below).

Bike parking will be on the South (Knutsford St) side.

 

ANZAC Day 2015 events

Fremantle Dawn Service

From 5.50 am at Fremantle’s Monument Hill War Memorial. Includes a special unveiling of 12 permanent plaques to commemorate the 849 fallen servicemen from World War One.

Gunfire Breakfast

A free hot breakfast will be served to the first 800 visitors to Kings Square after the service.

North Fremantle Service

From 9.30 am at the Fallen Soldiers’ Memorial, Cnr Queen Victoria Street and Harvest Road, North Fremantle.

Commemorative exhibition

Saturday 25 April from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm at the Fremantle Town Hall Atrium. Entry is free.

Army Museum tours

Saturday 25 April, 11.00 am, 1.00 pm and 3.00 pm at the Army Museum of Western Australia, Burt Street Fremantle (this one has a cost).

Parade and closing ceremony

Commences 11.15 am from the Esplanade Reserve, Marine Terrace, Fremantle. The parade will travel through the main streets of Fremantle and along the Cappuccino Strip where a salute will be taken. There will be a short closing ceremony when the parade returns to the Esplanade.

For more information visit anzacfremantle.com.au

ANZAC map

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One Response to Fremantle’s 849 honoured for ANZAC centenary

  1. MS SVETLANA GAJIC - SVETI says:

    LEST WE FORGET # FROM NORTH FREMANTLE # OUR MAYOR PETTITT
    WE WILL BE PRESENT AT OUR LOCAL MEMORIAL ANZAC DAY SERVICE .
    FAITHFULLY
    SVETLANA-SVETI, Pup BAILEY&Kittens MILLY+RUBY

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