Desert Mounted Corps Memorial

The Desert Mounted Corps Memorial stands at the summit of Mt Clarence. It is a recast of the original statue erected at Suez in 1932. The granite blocks are the originals from Suez and bullet marks can still be seen on them.

The statue is a copy of one originally forming part of a memorial which was erected at Port Said, Egypt and unveiled on 23 November 1932 by the rt. Hon. William Morris Hughes. It was irreparably damaged during the Suez Crisis in 1956. The masonry was salvaged and brought to australia for re-erection on this site which, for many troops who sailed from King George Sound in 1914, was their last glimpse of Australian soil. It was unveiled by rt. Hon. Sir Robert Menzies, Prime Minister of Australia on 11 October 1964.

Erected by their comrades and the Governments of Australia & New Zealand, the memorial commemorates the members of the Australian Light Horse, the New Zealand Mounted Rifles, the Imperial Camel Corps & the Australian Flying Corps who lost their lives in Egypt, Palestine & Syria 1916 - 1918.

The memorial is the site of Albany’s Anzac Day dawn service on 25 April each year and is accessed by foot via a commemorative staircase that interprets the memorial. Accessible car bays are available adjacent to the memorial via a sealed service road.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are advised that this exhibition may include names, images, and references to people who have since passed away.