One of the most familiar landmarks near the Great Hall is the Czechoslovakian ‘Skoda’ Field Gun and timber carriage, which were captured by distinguished Old Boy Brigadier-General Lachlan Chisholm Wilson (BGS 1885-1887). The inscription on a bronze tablet states:
This gun with 8,107 Turks and Germans, was captured at Jenin, Palestine on September 30, 1918 by Brigadier-General L.C. Wilson CB, CMG, DSO, Croix de G. 3rd Light Horse Brigade. A.I.F. an “Old Boy” of this School.
It was formally unveiled by His Excellency the Right Honourable Lord Foster, the Governor-General of Australia, on 11 August 1921 who said, ‘... I am always proud to be associated with anything that is intended to perpetuate the memory and to preserve the recollection of the splendid part which was played by Australians in the Great War.’ It was donated by the Commonwealth War Trophies Commission. It is the only intact field gun of its type in existence.