Anzac Day commemorated in Stratford sub Castle

25 Apr 2018
By Rosemary Winson

Today an Australian Aboriginal flag is flying from the tower of St Lawrence Church to commemorate Anzac Day.  Thirty-two ANZAC soldiers are buried in the churchyard and children from Stratford sub Castle Primary School have laid posies on their graves.

Anzac Day is a day of National Remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations and "the contribution and suffering of all those who have served".  ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, whose soldiers were known as Anzacs.  Anzac Day remains one of the most important national occasions of both Australia and New Zealand and is observed on 25 April each year. [1]

The names and other details of those buried in the St Lawrence WW1 graves can be found here.

In 2013, Richard Osgood, the MOD’s Senior Archaeologist and Historian, gave a talk 'Sydney to Stratford sub Castle: the Australians and the Great War' at an event organised by the Friends of St Lawrence Church. Read a report of the event here.

Images - Jane Court

 

[1] Source Wikipedia