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Armistice Day in Parramatta 2018


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Armistice day for the Regiment was 1 November 1918 not 11th. It was on 31 October 1918 that the Armistice of Mudros with Turkey was signed, it came into effect next day. Our nation was not represented at the signing, some presumptuous Pommie (Admiral Sir Somerset Arthur Gough-Calthorpe GCB, GCMG, CVO) signed on our behalf. This momentous event did not rate back in Parramatta, the Regiment's home, there, the celebration was for the Armistice with Germany and Austria that came into effect at 11:00 (19:00 in Parramatta) on 11 November 1918. The announcement of a cease to hostilities had been anticipated, locals had been building a bonfire in Parramatta Park to celebrate the end of the war to end all wars and remember those who had left the town to fight and would never return. An effigy of the German Kaiser stuffed with firecrackers was hoisted to the top of the wood pile in the afternoon. Then as darkness fell and the light faded, (sunset was at 18:34) just about every citizen of Parramatta gathered around and the fire was lit. A great cheer went up as the Kaiser exploded, the younger children covered their ears.

In 2018, a century later, Parramatta will commemorate this event. It will be a gala occasion, a few hours earlier than last time, 11:00 at the War Memorial in Prince Alfred Park (353D Church St, Parramatta), the ceremony will be presided over by the Lord Mayor. The Museum's recently restored Matilda Tank "ACE", Centurion "BEAST" and Bren Gun Carrier "Brenda" will be there. For those who want to see the historic vehicles in motion, they will leave Lancer Barracks at 10:00. The Regiment will drive past in its Bushmasters.

When the service concludes at around 12:00, there will be an open day at Lancer Barracks. The open day will be a gala affair with free tours of the barracks, museum buildings and vehicular exhibits. Museum Memorabilia will be on sale. There will be music, a sausage sizzle, camouflage face painting for the youngsters and the opportunity for the public to dress up as a Light Horseman and have their photos taken ( an all but unique opportunity). All Museum volunteers other than those at Villers-Bretonneux will be on deck to ensure a great experience to all who attend.

This will be the best Armistice Day commemoration in Australia.

JUST BE THERE!

  

New South Wales Lancers Memorial Museum Incorporated
ABN 94 630 140 881 - - - Site Updated October 2018
Lancer Barracks, 2 Smith Street, Parramatta NSW 2150, Australia
Telephone +61 (0)405 482 814, E-mail: enquiries@lancers.org.au
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