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Gatton Boer War Memorial
Gatton Boer War Memorial

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

The Boer War Memorial at Gatton is an immensely important Queensland monument It was constructed at an early phase of the history of war memorials in the state, which became prolific after the First World War 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 Boer War of 1899-1902. 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.

Location

Address:Crescent Street, Gatton, 4343
State:QLD
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -27.554692
Long: 152.277373
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:Boer
Actual Event STart Date:11-October-1899
Actual Event End Date:31-May-1902
Monument Designer:Mr Hodgen (Toowoomba)
Monument Manufacturer:Walter Bruce (Toowoomba, QLD)
Link: http://www.derm.qld.gov.au/heritag…

Dedication

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  
             Brisbane
Tr. HENRY ALBERT BANDITT  
        Died Nov.24 1906
                Gatton
Who Died In The Service Of Their Country
They Have Reared A Monument More
Lasting Than Stone.

Death Is Swallowed Up In Victory

Source: MA,MIV,SKP,QWMR, QHR
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