Centenary of the 25th Battalion MemorialPrint Page
The monument was erected to commemorate the centenary of the 25th Battalion Royal Queensland Regiment (25 RQR) and commemorates all those who served with the battalion in conflicts in which Australia has been involved. The memorial is situated near the Lone Pines which were planted in memory of members who gave their lives for their country.
To commemorate the centenary of the raising of the 25th Battalion at Enoggera on the 16th March 1915 a Memorial dedicated to and which reflects the service of the Battalion was erected in the East Creek Park at Toowoomba. The Plaque for the Memorial which outlines the Battalion’s history and its Battle Honours has already been completed thanks to private donation. Existing Battalion plaques at the East Creek Park will be incorporated on the new Memorial. A plaque on the inside of the Boer War gates and the other for 25RQR sited on a rock under the Lone Pines will be placed respectively on the left and right hand sides of the yellow granite plinth supporting the Digger statue. The Digger statue is approx 1320-1370mm high. The plaque outlining the battle honours will be attached to the front of the plinth.
After the First World War the defence of the Australian mainland lay with the part-time soldiers of the Citizens Military Force (CMF), also known as the Militia. The Militia was organized to maintain the structure of the First AIF and kept the same numerical designations. The Militia units were distributed in the same areas the original AIF units were raised and known by the name of their shire. Thus, the 25th Infantry Battalion was the “Darling Downs Regiment”, as it was headquartered in Toowoomba.
During 1940 the 25th was called-up and joined the rest of the 7th Brigade (comprised of the 9th/49th, 15th, and 61st Battalions) at Chermside, a northern suburb of Brisbane. Between July and August 1942 the brigade moved to Milne Bay, on the south-east tip of New Guinea.
|Address:||Margaret & Burstow Streets, East Creek Park, East Toowoomba, 4350|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -27.562984|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Approx. Event Start Date:||1915|
|Approx. Event End Date:||2015|
|Monument Designer:||J. H. Wagner|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Monday 16th March, 2015|
(The Darling Downs Regiment)
"Never a backward step"
World War 1
The Somme 1916-1918 Pozieres Bullecourt Ypres 1917 Polygon Wood Poloappelle Passchendaele Hamel Amiens Albert 1918 Mont St Quentin Hindenburg Line Broodseinde Beaurevoir France and Flanders 1916 - 1918 Suvla Gallipoli 1915 Egypt 1915 - 1917
* 1049 KIA, 2821 WIA, highest casualty rate of any AIF Battalion in WW1
World War 2
South West Pacific 1942-1945 Milne Bay Mawaraka Mosigetta Puriata River Pearl Ridge Barara Slater's Knoll
* Most Battle Honours of Any Australian Army Unit
Rwanda East Timor Bougainville Solomons Iraq Afghanistan
Dedicated on the Centenary of the raising of 25th Battalion AIF in March 1915 to all the men and women who have served in the 25th Battalion, A Coy 1RQR, 25RQR and 25/49RQR 1915 -2015 by the 25th Battalion Association Toowoomba
SOUTH-WEST PACIFIC 1942 - 1945 BARARA
MILNE BAY BUIN ROAD
PEARL RIDGE PURIATA RIVER
SLATERS KNOLL LIBERATION OF AUST and N.G.
25TH AUST.INF. BATTALION
DARLING DOWNS REGIMENT
IN MEMORY OF COMRADES WHO PAID THE SUPREME SACRIFICE
PAPUA N.G. and BOUGAINVILLE CAMPAIGNS
LEST WE FORGET
IN MEMORY OF THE MEMBERS OF 25RQR WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR COUNTRY
These pines were cultivated from the original Lone Pine, Gallipoli
Planted ANZAC Day 1987