Ryde remembers Great War with bronze plaques in Avenue of Honour

An Avenue of Honour made up of twelve bronze plaques dedicated to the memory of local World War One servicemen and women will be unveiled at Anzac Park West Ryde on Anzac Day.

The plaques were commissioned by the City of Ryde Committee for the Centenary of Anzac as part of the Ryde Remembers tribute to the more than 2,000 local men and women who served in the First World War.

The plaques have been described by the City of Ryde as a fitting tribute to the spirit of Anzac and the gallantry of that generation who helped lay the foundations of our society today.

The plaques also serve to remind local residents of the extraordinary sacrifices made by local men and women.

Each plaque describes a compelling account, family memory or significant event of the 1914-1918 .. The War To End All Wars.

Historic facts on Ryde’s contribution note that in 1914 Ryde and Eastwood had a population of 9,660 residents living in 1,815 houses.

At least 2,000 men and women from Ryde and Eastwood municipalities volunteered.

A Mr Gascoigne of Putney witnessed the sinking of the German raider The Emden.

In 1918 the Allies launched a final offensive against the German Army in August that George White’s brother wrote; “The deceased soldier was accorded a full military funeral”

The mother of Ryde soldier Henry Nelson wrote that in 1916; “Our poor lad may be suffering from an injury.”

Twelve women from Ryde and Eastwood enlisted and worked in terrible conditions.

On The Home Front , The Voluntary Workers’ Association objective was to build homes for the next of kin of fallen soldiers.

Lieutenant Andrew Barton ‘Banjo’ Paterson of Gladesville wrote.

“The honoured graves beneath the crest of Gaba Tepe hill, May hold our bravest and our best, But we have brave men still.”

Chair of the Centenary of ANZAC Committee, Clr Jerome Laxale, said the Committee is proud take take part in this Anzac Day commemoration.

“This Committee was formed to promote and commemorate the Spirit of Anzac and we have done that by telling the stories of Ryde’s involvement in WWI through unique community projects like the ‘Avenue of Honour’,” he said.

“I particularly want to thank the members of the Ryde District Historical Society for the hard work they have done in assisting Council with this lasting legacy and with other Ryde Remembers projects.”

The unveiling ceremony will be held on Anzac Day at 9am in Anzac Park on the corner of Anzac Avenue and Wattle Street in West Ryde.

Light refreshments will be served in Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club from 10am.