Association News and items of interest
Marching off the old Colours with some style...
'Old and Bold' some members of the Battalion who were present on the 1967 Colours Parade when the Battalion was last presented with Colours assemble to 'March off the Colours' in style after 47 years, led by Brig Peter Smith who was the CO on that Parade.
He is supported by John Simson, Peter Newland, Jeff Dutton, Chris Donaldson and 8 members from D Coy Maryborough.
Delta Company's 8 members who were present at the 1967 colours presentation and again for last weekend's marching off of "Their" Colours.
9RQR Presentation of Colours
A magnificient day - the rain held off long enough for an excellent, and moving, Parade for the presentation of new Colours to 9RQR. The last presentation was in 1967, interestingly the original date for that Parade was postponed due to inclement weather..
More photos are available at the link on the right '9RQR Colours Parade'.
Over the next few days I will annotate the pictures and add some video from the 3 Channels in Brisbane, each of which gave a detailed report, however Channel 2 excelled by including historic footage.
In the meantime reflect on a day of pomp and ceremony the like of which we have not seen for some 47 years.
Check out the Brisbane Times article at...
Thanks to Ray McNab we now have the ABC News video of the Parade here
The latest issue of the Battalions Newsletter 'Action9' is available here.
Pte John Leak VC
Friday 2 August 2013
The following was posted to the Oxley Library Blog post today [2 Aug 2013]. It brings up some interesting thoughts about Pte Leak's background. It is presented here as an item of interest without comment. The full post can be seen by clicking on the John Leak VC link in the menu bar on the right. A link to the original is below.
Guest bloggers: Ron Siebenhausen and Tom McVeigh
Private John Leak was Queensland’s first Victoria Cross winner in 1916. Despite the amount recorded about his pre-war background in newspapers, books and on the Internet, it is inconsistent and without proof.
John Leak (2053) won the VC for extraordinary courage at Pozieres France 23 July 1916. This is not in question. The National Archives of Australia has digitised his records, showing he enlisted on 28 January 1915 in Rockhampton, Queensland. Documents relating to his war records and marriage to Beatrice May Chapman may be viewed at their site.