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ANZAC Centenary

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:



One Tree Hill 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


Virginia soldiers

KING Charles Melvin  Virginia
RICHARDSON Albert James  Virginia
SHEEDY James John Virginia
RIGGS Frank Leslie  Virginia
THOMPSON Leslie Howard  Virginia
WARD Arthur  Virginia


Playford soldiers

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


Smithfield soldiers 

BAKER TC Richmond Smithfield 
BLACKMAN Edward  Smithfield 
COKER Allan Oswald Smithfield 
DAVIDSON Edgar Robert   Smithfield 
HOOLE Harold Smithfield 
MOSS Alfred Hubert Smithfield 
TIDMARSH Charles Edgar  Smithfield 






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