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The Leopold community now has its own special place to honour those who fought in WWI with the opening of the Leopold War Memorial.
City of Greater Geelong administrator Peter Dorling said the new war memorial was an important initiative of the city’s Public Art and Memorials program.
“This new memorial will provide a public place to acknowledge and honour the commitment and sacrifice of Australians from the greater Leopold district who served, past and present, in the Australian Defence Force,” he said.
“It is intended as a place for quiet reflection and personal reverence for those affected by war.
“Importantly, it provides a special place for the Leopold community for public participation in special services and ceremonies, such as the forthcoming Anzac Day ceremony.”
Mr Dorling said construction of the memorial commenced in January 2017 in Leopold Memorial Park on land set aside in 1926 as a place for returned soldiers to play cricket, footy and other sports.
“The Leopold War Memorial Committee has played a key role in the project and has received strong support from members of the local community, through donation of time and services, to see this memorial through to completion in time for Anzac Day 2017,” he said.
The memorial was funded by the City of Greater Geelong, the Leopold War Memorial Committee and the Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary Program.
A total of 166 young men and women from the greater Leopold district enlisted in the Australian armed forces at the time of WWI. Of those, 66 were from Leopold, 59 from Moolap, 15 from Curlewis and 26 from the Wallington area. The youngest was 18 years with 36 young men aged between 18 and 20 years enlisting. The oldest was 46. Two young women from the district also enlisted as nurses.

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