On August 5, 1914, my Grandfather was part of a gun crew
which fired the first allied shot of what was
to become known as The Great War.
At the time he was stationed at Point Nepean which
is situated on the eastern side of the entrance to Port Phillip Bay.
The cannon on the right was the one used for the task.
The barrel on the left was used to fire the first shot
of World War II.
on bright sunny day in winter
a ceremony was conducted to commemorate that event.
All the ceremony the military could muster
was included to mark the occasion.
We had mixed messages about who could lay the wreath,
so as my Grandfather did we took things into our own hands
and I and my two Aunties, Dad’s sisters,
to lay our wreath.
My Auntie, on the right, has since passed.
Just before 1245 a freighter came into view as it did in 1914.
Then at precisely 1245 a ceremonial shot
was fired from Point Nepean,
to mark the centenary of firing of the
First Shot of World War I.