WWI gun ready for installation at Murray Bridge RSL

Fixer-upper: The German artillery gun, captured near Villeter in 1918. Photo: Emma Zirkel.
Fixer-upper: The German artillery gun, captured near Villeter in 1918. Photo: Emma Zirkel.

Murray Bridge's World War I gun has been restored almost to its original condition and will soon be installed at its new home on the city's east side.

The gun, taken from the defeated German army a century ago next month, was originally given to the town of Murray Bridge by the United Kingdom in 1920 and placed at Diamond Park.

RSL sub-branch president David Laing said he had reason to believe the gun had fired at, and possibly killed, men from Murray Bridge.

"It's commonly called a trophy of war, but to us it's a way to remind us of the horrors of war," he said.

It remained in the park for 96 years until, weather-worn, it was removed for restoration.

Lower Murray Grit Blasting had done $1200 worth of work on it, offered at a $1200 discount, Mr Laing said; Moore Engineering moved it five times, with a 100 per cent discount each time; and two shovels and a pick, to be strapped onto the gun in the original fashion, were donated.

Murraylands Community Men's Shed members – including a few military veterans – had also fabricated replacement parts, including seats and a tool box, at a low cost.

On Monday it was transported to Murray Bridge RSL, where it will be put on display in a location accessible to the public and illuminated at night.

It will be officially unveiled at 11am on Sunday, September 16 – 99 years and 363 days after its capture in France.

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