Lieutenant Duncan Chapman (Dawn of the ANZACs) Print Page
The memorial will be unveiled at 4.28am on April 25, 2015 – 100 years to the minute Lieutenant Chapman stepped ashore. Funding has now been donated to help with the second stage – sculptures depicting the landing boats, the cliffs of Gallipoli and the battle of Pozieres, where Duncan Chapman was killed in 1916.
In The Great War, Les Carlyon, writing about the Battle of Pozieres in August, 1916, wrote: “The (45th) battalion lost 345 men, among them Major Duncan Chapman of Brisbane (where he enlisted), who many believed was the first Australian to land at Gallipoli.’’
In a letter to his brother Charles, Lieutenant Chapman described the landing. “To me was given the extreme honour of being actually the first man to put foot ashore on this peninsula,’’ he wrote.
|Address:||Sussex Street, Queens Park , Maryborough, 4650|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -25.536205|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Friday 24th April, 2015|
Lieutenant (late Major) Duncan Chapman
Born Maryborough, Queensland, 15.05.1888
Died Pozieres, France, 06.08.1916
First ANZAC ashore at Gallipoli
This statue was made possible through the generosity of Warren and Raelene Persal and community - spirited citizens of Maryborough and beyond.