Home' Army News : April 14th 2011 Contents Liverpool City Council is seeking the whereabouts and location of a missing War
Trophy a 77mm KRUPP Field Gun, the same model pictured above, which was
presented to Council in 1920.
The missing 77mm KRUPP Field Gun has serial number 8053 stamped on the
end of the loading breech. 8053 was captured by the 18th Battalion at the Battle
of Amiens on 8 August 1918 and was shipped to Australia on the SS Barambah
lading number 119 on 1 September 1919. These details are taken from Council's
History Sheet of War Trophy (N30).
Liverpool City Council's missing Gun stood on a plinth outside Liverpool Railway
Station up until 1950-1965 at which time it was removed and was on loan to the
101 Field Workshops based at Ingleburn for the Apprentices to restore and work
on. Since 1965, the 101 Field Workshops, relocated to Townsville and since then
may have relocated to Darwin if still active.
Some rumours within Council say that the 77mm KRUPP Field Gun serial number
8053 was located at the entrance of where the 101 Field Workshops base was
located in Townsville.
If Council's missing 77mm KRUPP Field Gun serial number 8053 is located,
Council would be prepared to swap and replace 8053 with an exact same model
fully restored Gun pictured above.
Please contact Mr Alan Campbell -- Liverpool City Council on phone 02 9821 9301
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org regarding any information as to 8053.
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Army April 14, 2011
By Natalie Alexander
AS ANZAC Day and the Easter long
weekend approach, a pilot course in 17
CSS Bde is leading the way in help-
ing Army members make safe alcohol
choices as they spend time with friends
Joint Health Command has endorsed
the pilot program, which began mid-
2010, as a way of trialling the provision
of alcohol training to personnel and to
share an important message Army-wide.
Running the program at 1HSB, Capt
Damien Batty said he was inspired to
lead the project at the unit after witness-
ing some of the consequences of alcohol
"As the unit adjutant, I was disap-
pointed to see the number of alcohol-
related incidents in the unit, which could
have easily been avoided if the members
had employed some simple strategies,"
"I also have close friends who have
experienced alcohol-fuelled violence
in the past, and I am keen to assist in
making a positive contribution to a safer
Capt Batty said the trial was being
delivered in the form of workshops called
Keep Your Mates Safe -- Alcohol (KYMS
-- Alcohol), which aimed to build an
awareness of the effects of alcohol use
and misuse and a familiarisation among
personnel of their limits.
"The enduring aim is to change the
unit culture and the individuals' attitudes
towards alcohol consumption," he said.
Selected 17 CSS Bde unit senior
NCOs and officers have been trained
as Unit Alcohol Advisers, allowing
them to deliver the workshops to their
members under the supervision of state
Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs
Capt Batty said the informal work-
shops included theory, group discussions
and practical activities, culminating with
a group brainstorm on some practical
strategies for staying safe when drinking
He said the workshop had been deliv-
ered to more than 100 1HSB personnel
and 30 17 Sig Regt members across a
range of ranks, trades and age groups.
Although it was difficult to judge the
impact of the training to date, Capt Batty
said feedback had been positive.
"It takes a long time to change a
culture, we are up against it as alcohol
consumption is deeply ingrained in the
Australian way of life," he said.
"What I have observed is that many
unit members are talking about it, plan-
ning their nights out and, more important-
ly, are starting to think about their habits
and behaviour when it comes to the safe
consumption of alcohol."
Capt Batty said other initiatives
included the delivery of workshops to
personnel at 3RAR's company training
program in May, as well as looking at
further ways to develop the ATOD online
training available via Campus.
The two-year pilot course will end in
May next year, when it will be evaluated
by the 17 CSS Bde RSM and the Director
of Mental Health.
More information about the Keep Your Mates
Safe workshop and other services of the ATOD
program can be found at http://intranet.defence.
Drinking culture: A 1HSB-led
project aims to reduce alcohol-related
incidents and holiday tragedies.
Photo by Cpl Aaron Curran
EXPLOSIVE detection dog
(EDD) Sarbi received the
RSPCA's most prestigious animal
bravery award, the Purple Cross,
at a ceremony at the Australian
War Memorial on April 5.
Sarbi, the eighth animal to
receive the award, was accompanied
by EDD handler Cpl Adam Exelby
and drew a crowd of more than 100
schoolchildren to the Animals in
War Sculpture Garden.
Sarbi was awarded the Purple
Cross by RSPCA Australia's
National President Lynne Bradshaw.
"Like most people, we would
prefer animals did not go to war, but
they do. And while they do we must
recognise whatever part they play,"
Mrs Bradshaw said.
"I think there's no doubt that
Sarbi has shown an incredible resil-
ience and strength that should be
CA Lt-Gen Ken Gillespie also
"I am very proud of the profes-
sional and dedicated work of our
combat engineers and dog han-
dlers," he said.
"I am thrilled that the RSPCA
has chosen to honour Sarbi, and by
extension, all of Army's working
dogs and their handlers."
The award was named to hon-
our the Purple Cross Society, estab-
lished soon after the outbreak of
World War II to raise funds for the
supply of gear and veterinary treat-
ment for the Light Horse Brigade.
Sarbi has her day in spotlight
Honoured for bravery: Sarbi proudly wears her Purple Cross alongside explosive detection dog handler Cpl
Adam Exelby (not her usual handler) after the presentation ceremony at the Australian War Memorial.
Photo by Cpl Zenith King
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