With reference to the ‘Echo’ article on page three of Friday’s issue with reference to the Anzacs in Weymouth,I thought that those reading it might like to know how the Anzac memorial on the Esplanade came to be erected.

It all started with a meeting of the Weymouth & Portland Residents Association. I posed the question that, as the town had memorial to the American presence during D-Day,and our own citizens who gave their lives in the Great War (at the time those names of WW2 that now grace the memorial had yet to be added) that we ought to consider the presence in WW1of the vast Number of Australian & New Zealand troops and their time spent here after being sent here to recover from their injuries. Besides camps being set up around the Borough, and at Portland, there were sites at other parts of Dorset. Worgret Heath and Bovington.So it was decided that if the finance could be raised, a fitting memorial should be erected. Our chairman was Cllr Les Ames, twice mayor of the Borough of Weymouth & Portland. He was keen to see this happen, for his father had been at Gallipoli in the British army. In 1998 we decided to start the campaign to raise enough funds to achieve our goal. We were granted planning permission to erect a memorial monolith at the site on which it now stands,after a campaign which took six years and involved our members and many others.

The design of the monument,the execution of the wording, and its final completion at the hands of our stonemason Mr John Selman, a member of our association,speaks for itself as a fitting tribute to those Anzacs that came and went between 1915 and 1919.


Weymouth & Portland Residents Association