Between 2014 and 2018, Australia will commemorate the Anzac Centenary, marking 100 years since the First World War.
The Anzac Centenary provides us with an opportunity to remember those who have fought and served in all wars; conflicts and peace operations in the past hundred years and especially remember the more than 100,000 who have given their lives in service.
No place was unaffected by war and the City of Playford was no exception. War memorials at Smithfield and One Tree Hill list names of men from the district who served, and for some, which gave the supreme sacrifice. The names on the memorials do not cover all those who were in active service. So far, 109 names of men have been found that either resided or were born within the area that today constitutes the City of Playford.
The story of war encompasses more than those who fought, it includes those who remained behind, the women who husbands enlisted, the mothers and fathers who wondered at their son’s fate, the children who missed out of having their father, or family around.
Twenty four soldiers in the district have been identified having given the supreme sacrifice during WWI. Young men from One Tree Hill, Virginia, Smithfield and Penfield enlisted in the Australian forces, never to return.
Life sized metal silhouettes have been made to represent these soldiers, each engraved with a QR code over their heart. Using a smart phone, the QR code will take you to the City of Playford website which will give you more information on the soldiers and the events of WWI in the district.
Eleven silhouettes will be located throughout the City of Playford and include information about the 24 soldiers:
|BLENCOWE Alexander Howard||One Tree Hill|
|KELLY William Charles||One Tree Hill|
|SHILLABEER Albert||One Tree Hill|
|SHILLABEER Andrew||One Tree Hill|
|TAMBLYN Charles David||Humbug Scrub|
|KING Charles Melvin||Virginia|
|RICHARDSON Albert James||Virginia|
|SHEEDY James John||Virginia|
|RIGGS Frank Leslie||Virginia|
|THOMPSON Leslie Howard||Virginia|
|HATCHER Howard Sidney||Angle Vale|
|HATCHER Albert Mark||Angle Vale|
|SMITHAM Charles Gordon||Penfield|
|STEVENS William Parr||Peachey Belt|
|LAYCOCK Frederik Osmond||Gawler Plains|
|McCLAREN Clarence Roy||Gawler Plains|
|BAKER TC Richmond||Smithfield|
|COKER Allan Oswald||Smithfield|
|DAVIDSON Edgar Robert||Smithfield|
|MOSS Alfred Hubert||Smithfield|
|TIDMARSH Charles Edgar||Smithfield|