Guildford Gunners' Day
Guildford Gunners' Day 2019
Guildford’s 91st Gunners’ Day commenced under cloudy skies in Stirling Square, on 3 November 2019. The parade was composed of Gunners past and present, serving Officers, Soldiers of 3 Battery RAA and members of the Australian Cadet Corps stepped off at 10.15 am with Brigadier Gerry Warner (Rtd) taking the salute. The parade was led by Australian Army Band Perth.
The parade lined up in front of Guildford’s Town War Memorial with an assembly of dignitaries, including members of Federal, State and Local Government, guests and Guildford community. Military dignitaries included MAJ Duncan Anderson, LTCOL Bob Farrelly, BRIG Gerry Warner and BRIG Charles Moore, Commander of the 13th Brigade.
Gunners’ Day is organised co-operatively with the Royal Australian Artillery Association of Western Australia and St Matthew’s Anglican Church. The service, both at the War Memorial and in the Church, was conducted by Bishop Jeremy James and The Revd Katrina Holgate. The Bishop reflected on the history and role of the artillery and selfless dedication of those who fought and died and those who returned.
The occasion was honoured with the presence of Brigadier Charles Moore, Commander of the 13th Brigade, who flew in from Adelaide with his wife to attend the service. Additionally, the 9th REGT RAA Standard was flown in from Sydney and displayed in the church. Music was provided by organist Bruce Duncan, Curator of the recently restored historic, church pipe organ.
After the service, the military guests and congregation, retired for lunch at the St Matthew’s Parish Hall, courtesy of the RAAAWA. All were delighted, when a specially crafted cake with Royal Australian Artillery Crest was presented by a member of the St Matthew’s congregation.