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Sheep Station Creek Memorial Chimney : 24-07-2009
Sheep Station Creek Memorial Chimney : 24-07-2009

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Memorial chimney commemorates 2/10 Battalion 18th Brigade AIF who camped on the site in 1942.  

The 2/10 Battalion, or Adelaide Rifles, trained here before serving in New Guinea in World War Two. They had already been in action in Tobruk, Palestine and Syria. Of the 760 members, 237 were killed and 319 wounded. The memorial chimney was part of a building constructed and used by these men while in the district. An engraved plaque gives the history of the group, with memorial pine trees honouring Hector Ellis and Jim Webster. The site is maintained by neighbour, Mrs Ruth Pratten, and the Kilcoy RSL.
 

Location

Address:Kilcoy-Murgon Road, Sheep Station Creek, 8 kms N of Kilcoy, Kilcoy, 4515
State:QLD
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -26.854742
Long: 152.510582
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Structure
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW2
Actual Event STart Date:03-September-1939
Actual Event End Date:15-August-1945

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 13th July, 1974
Front Inscription

   IN MEMORY OF
2/10/BTN.18BDE.,A·I·F.
WHO CAMPED ON
    THIS SITE.
      •1942•

Back Inscription

PRO PATRIA
2/10 AUST. INFANTRY BATTALION
(THE ADELAIDE RIFLES)

This chimney was part of a building constructed by the men of the 2/10th battalion A.I.F. who camped in this area for three months in 1942 and trained in the hills to the north. The Battalion, a South Australian Unit also known as the Adelaide Rifles, has a history dating back to 1860 and a proud record of service in the South African War , the Great War of 1914/19  and World War 11 1939/45. The Regimental Colours which are laid up in Saint Peters Cathedral Adelaide are emblazoned with many battle honours including the landing at ANZAC, where the 10th was the spearhead of the landing force. The Adelaide Rifles have always been regarded as the City of Adelaide’s own infantry regiment and in recognition of this, a flag bearing the Corporation Arms is dipped in salute whenever this unit passes the Adelaide Town Hall. The unit was granted the freedom of the city in 1960 to mark the 100th anniversary of its foundation.
The 2/10th battalion was formed in November 1939, sailed from Sydney of 5th May 1940 and served in England during the Battle of  Britain. Moving back to Egypt in early 1941as part of the 18th Brigade in support of the 9th Division, the battalion played a prominent role in the defence of Tobruk during the siege and after further service in Palestine and Syria returned to Australia in March 1942 camping here from early May to 6th August when they moved to Papua New Guinea. Following the Battle of Milne Bay which was the first defeat of Japanese land forces in the war the Battalion went on to further victories at Buna and Sanananda, won at the cost of many casualties in conditions of extreme hardship of the 760 young men who lived here briefly many were never to see their homeland again. The remnants of the Battalion returned to Australia in March 1943 after losing 237 killed and 319 wounded. On regrouping the Battalion absorbed the 11th Motor Regiment, mostly N.S.W. and Queensland men who proved their worth as fighting troops by carrying on the best tradition of the tenth in operations in the Ramu Valley during 1944 and a brilliant amphibious operation at Balikapan in Borneo in July 1945. The final action of the unit which was disbanded on 29th January 1946 after more than six years service during which more than 3,400 men passed through the ranks.
This memorial was established by Mrs. Ruth Pratten and family, owners of the adjacent property and residents of Kilcoy as a mark of esteem in which the unit was held by them and is maintained by the Kilcoy R.S.L.  

Source: SKP, MA
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