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The monument commemorates those who served and lost their lives in the South African ( Boer ) War.  

This monument is an important Queensland monument , as it was constructed at an early phase of the history of war memorials in the state, which became prolific after World WarOne,  but in 1908 when this memorial was constructed were quite rare. It is one of only two known digger statues built to commemorate the involvement and death of Queensland soldiers in the South African ( Boer ) War.  It was the second Boer War soldier memorial erected in Queensland.

The soldier features a moustache, plumed slouch hat, bandolier, rifle resting on the left boot, pants and leggings. It names three young men who died in 1900 and one who died in Gatton in 1906.  A plaque honours the men of the 13th Light Horse, Queensland Mounted Infantry, and displays their insignia and motto.

The memorial was officially unveiled by the Governor of Queensland, Lord Chelmsford on the 3rd August 1908. The names of those on the memorial were all native to the district and all were members of No.4 Squadron of the Australian Light Horse. At the arrival of the Governor, the girls of Gatton State School sang "The Boys of the Old Brigade". As the monument was unveiled , three volleys were fired by the troopers present while a bugler from the Light Horse sounded "The Last Post ".
The Brisbane Courier, 5th August 1908.


Address:Crescent Street, Gatton, 4343
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -27.554692
Long: 152.277373
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event STart Date:11-October-1899
Actual Event End Date:31-May-1902
Monument Designer:Mr Hodgen (Toowoomba, QLD)
Monument Manufacturer:Walter Bruce (Toowoomba, QLD)


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 3rd August, 1908
Front Inscription

Erected by public subscriptions, in memory of

Cor. Bugler William Devett
Died May 12 .1900
Bloemfontein O.R.C.

Tr. Thomas Cumner
Died March 20.1900
Kimberley C-C

Tr. Robert Laird Logan
Died March 18.1900  

Tr. Henry Albert Banditt
Died Nov.24 1906

Who died in the service of their country 

They have reared a monument more lasting than stone.

Death is swallowed up in victory

Back Inscription

Australian - Light - Horse


Q. M. I.


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