At Bradleys Head, Mosman, overlooking Sydney Harbour, the mast of the HMAS Sydney serves as a memorial to the brave souls who have fought for Australia in the maritime services.
Today the HMAS SYDNEY Association will hold a memorial service at Bradleys Head to remember this battle. Emden‘s brief but successful career as a raider of commercial and military vessels came to an end at the hands of the heavier cruiser Sydney by 11am on the 9th of November 1914, exactly 100 years ago.
Scott Wilson looks into the history of Sapper James Greeson Hircoll.
Hircoll’s sister wanted him remembered in Mosman but there is little evidence of a local connection, except for the Roll of Honour circular she completed for the Australian War Memorial, and an in memoriam notice placed by his “loving friends A. Casson and Mr and Mrs H Buckman and family” of Mosman.