Protecting a piece of history in Shoreham

Published on 11 April 2018

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Council will work with the local community to protect for the future a significant and historic open-air memorial chapel in Shoreham that was built in commemoration of two fallen WWII servicemen.

The Cyril Young Memorial Chapel has great historical significance – both locally and regionally.

The chapel was conceived as a memorial to members of the YMCA Camp Buxton who served with Forces in World War II.

It’s known as the Cyril Young Memorial Chapel because before he passed away at the War, Captain Cyril Young was Chairman of the Shoreham Camp Buxton Committee and was a huge part of the Camp which over many decades gave life-changing experiences to hundreds of underprivileged young boys.

The memorial is also a dedication to Cyril’s younger brother, Ivan Young, who also was tragically lost whilst serving his country. 

The community came together to build the chapel through public donations. It was envisioned by the Young family that the memorial would always remain open to the community and be a place to remember Camp Buxton and the soldiers.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor Bryan Payne said Council has made the decision to obtain land to protect this local memorial.  

“The importance of the open-air chapel, it’s heritage value and how it serves as a significant memorial for WWII servicemen is extremely important and deserves to be looked after”. 

Red Hill Ward Councillor David Gill said “I’m looking forward to working with the local community to ensure the open air chapel’s rich history is respected and looked after”.

“It’s also essential that as local community members and the local council, we continue to honour the sacrifice of the lives of these two fine young men”.

For more insight about the historical Cyril Young Memorial Chapel, watch the video below: