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Australian 2nd Division Memorial at Mont St Quentin, France in August 1925.jpg
The original sculpture by Web Gilbert at the memorial at Mont St Quentin in France, following its unveiling on 30 August 1925. The sculpture was destroyed by members of the German military in 1940.
For Australian 2nd Division
Unveiled 1925 (replacement sculpture, 1971)
Location 49°56′50″N 2°55′57″E / 49.94722°N 2.93250°E / 49.94722; 2.93250 (Mont Saint-Quentin) FRANCE

Mont Saint-Quentin Australian war memorial, located in Mont Saint-Quentin region of Picardy, is an Australian First World War memorial.

The Australian Second Division has a war memorial on the road from Bapaume to Péronne. It is the only one of the five Australian division memorials initiated by members of the division. The base was erected in 1925. It has bronze bas-reliefs by May Butler-George of men hauling and pushing a gun and of men advancing with bayoneted rifles and hand-grenades. It had on its top an Australian soldier thrusting his bayonet through a German eagle. The sculptor was Charles Web Gilbert.

However, in 1940, German soldiers smashed the memorial. A replacement statue by Stanley Hammond of a thoughtful Australian soldier looking down was erected in 1971.

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