War Widows' Guild of Australia  

ANZAC Field of Remembrance

This fitting tribute came from an idea originated by the late Mrs C J Pope, widow of Rear Admiral Pope.  While visiting London she was impressed by a Field of Remembrance Day held each year in the old churchyard at St Margaret’s alongside Westminster Abbey.  The Royal British Legion Poppy Factory initiated the Field of Remembrance – a day on which small wooden crosses were planted in memory of the fallen.

On her return to Australia Mrs Pope enlisted the NSW Guild in assisting her to organise the first Field in the grounds of St Andrew’s Cathedral, Sydney.  She continued with her work until her death in 1963 when the War Widows’ Guild (NSW) took over.

The first ANZAC Field of Remembrance was held in 1952, and has been held every year since to commemorate those who gave their lives in the service of their country.  A non-denominational service is held prior to ANZAC Day at St Andrew’s with the lesson read by the Governor of New South Wales.  After the service and the reading of the ‘Ode to the Fallen’ by the Guild’s President, the Governor plants the first cross in the Field of Remembrance in memory of the Unknown Warrior.  The Governor is followed by representatives of the City of Sydney, the New Zealand Government and the three Services, who also plant crosses, the RSL and the Guild State President.

The Field of Remembrance is open from the service until the late afternoon on Anzac Day for war widows and members of the public to place small wooden crosses in personal remembrance of their husbands, relatives and friends who died during or following war service.

War Widows’ Guild of Australia NSW Limited
Level 2
175 Castlereagh Street
Sydney NSW 2000

Tel 02 9267 6577
Toll free 1800 451 615
(country members)

Fax 02 9267 6601

Donations to the Guild are greatly appreciated and are applied to support war widows.  Donations are tax deductible.

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