• Date: 24/12/2015
  • Cemetery: Lilydale Lawn Cemetery

A plaque in remembrance of William Charles Scurry (1895-1963) was recently unveiled at Lilydale Lawn Cemetery on the centenary of the evacuation of Australian troops from Gallipoli during World War I. 

Lance Corporal William Scurry invented a time release gun, also known as the 'drip rifle' which enabled Australian troops to be secretly evacuated from Gallipoli under the cover of gunfire. 

Sunday 20 December marked 100 years since the December 1915 evacuation. The plaque for Scurry was unveiled as part of a ceremony hosted by GMCT and the Lilydale RSL Sub-branch to mark the centenary.  

The plaque can be seen at Scurry's graveside at Lilydale Lawn Cemetery. You can find the exact location using GMCT's deceased search

The unveiling was also covered by ABC News and was featured on The 7.30 Report. Click through to read more about Scurry and how his invention ensured the safety of thousands of Australian troops.