Bugler from Burwood


Location Cnr. Burwood Road and Park Avenue, Burwood, New South Wales, Australia
Type memorial

Bronze Statue

Built 2015
Opened 25 April 2015 by Cr John Faker Mayor of Burwood

Plaque 1:

‘The Bugler from Burwood’ was officially unveiled at the Burwood Anzac Centenary Dawn Service
Saturday 25 April 2015
Cr John Faker
Mayor of Burwood


Alex Pirie
President, Burwood RSL Sub Branch
On behalf of the Burwood Anzac Centenary Years’ Commemorative Service Committee

Michael McMahon
General Manager, Burwood Council

Andrew Anderson
General Manager, Club Burwood RSL

Plaque 2:

‘The Bugler from Burwood’

The story of Leonard Francis Hall, 9 May 1897 – 24 February 1999
Leonard Francis Hall was born in Burwood on 9 May 1897 and was part of the celebrated 10th Light Horse Regiment
which included some of the best riders in the world.
Hall enlisted in the First Australian Imperial Force in 1915 after the Major of the Light Horse Regiment heard him play
the bugle and begged him to join as their regiment did not have a bugler.
As Hall boarded the boat to the Great War with his bugle in hand, that he would not play again, he plucked an emu
plume from his slouch hat and placed it into the hands of a girl waving in the crowd.
When Hall landed at Gallipoli in the former Ottoman Empire he was the lead machine-gunner in the impossible assault
of the Battle of Nek. This was the worst battle of the Gallipoli campaign with 879 of his fellow diggers killed.
After evacuating the Gallipoli peninsula, Hall fought in the Battle of Beersheba in Ottoman Syria in 1917 where he was
injured by a bomb which killed nine out of his 14-man crew and his horse, Q6.
The courage he exhibited during this campaign saw him picked by Thomas Edward Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) to
help the British Empire in the Capture of Damascus in 1918.
Hall returned to Australia in 1919 and was met by a woman who said, “Excuse me sir, would you like your plume back?”
Hall married his feather caretaker two years later and they had two children.
Leonard Francis Hall died in Perth in 24 February 1999, aged 101 years, after living a life of perseverance, strength and

Plaque 3:

The Anzac Legend

Burwood has a strong connection to World War I and the Anzac Legend with 937 men and 4 women
from the area enlisted to serve from 1914-1918.
One of these men was Leonard Francis Hall whose story serves as a symbol of the many personal local
stories that emerged from those tragic but defining moments in our nation’s history.
‘The Bugler from Burwood’ is dedicated to these brave men and women for the ultimate sacrifice they
made to protect our country and the freedoms we are blessed to enjoy. It also serves as a permanent
reminder to educate younger generations.
The sculpture was commissioned by the Burwood Anzac Years’ Commemorative Service Committee
and watches over the Burwood Memorial Arch, unveiled on Anzac Day 1923, which includes the
names of these men and women.
Together, ‘The Bugler from Burwood’ and the Burwood Memorial Arch will ensure that their memory
will never be forgotten.
Lest We Forget.
Sculpture by
Bodo Muche 2015

Plaque 4:

‘The Bugler from Burwood’ was officially unveiled at the Burwood Anzac Centenary Dawn Service
Saturday 25 April 2015
Burwood Council
Cr John Faker, Mayor
Cr George Mannah, Deputy Mayor
Cr Sally Deans
Cr Tony Doueihi
Cr Lesley Furneaux-Cook
Cr Justin Taunton
Cr Ernest Wong

Club Burwood
Graham Green, President
Mike R. Yarrow, Deputy President
Alex Pirie, Vice President
Geoffrey F. Troy
Robert L. Shirvington
Kevin J. Brady
Barry Remmington
Graham Glover
Colin Hodges
This sculpture marks the centenary of World War I and the birth of the Anzac Legend,
serving as a permanent reminder of our fallen heroes and the sacrifice they made




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HALL, Leonard

Service number 52
Lance Corporal
3rd Light Horse Brigade Machine Gun Squadron
Born 9 May 1897

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