Association News and items of interest
25/49 RQR new Greenbank facilities
Governor of Queensland Penelope Wensley formally opened new facilities for the 25th/49th Battalion, The Royal Queensland Regiment (25/49RQR) at Greenbank in Brisbane’s south today.
One of Queensland’s oldest Army Reserve units, 25/49RQR will move from Enoggera to the new facilities, which include a new battalion headquarters at Greenbank Training Area.
The new facilities also include buildings to house a rifle company and a number of combat support and combat service support elements, as well as a new range control headquarters, a 320-person training camp and a Safe Driver Training Area.
Commanding Officer 25/49RQR Lieutenant Colonel Allan Rathjen said the opening ceremony marked an important day for the unit and Army Reserve.
“This is a brand new facility that represents a major investment in the Army Reserve in south-east Queensland,” Lieutenant Colonel Rathjen said.
“It allows for significant planned growth, and provides a great opportunity for expanding Army and Defence capability in the southern Brisbane area, including capacity for an additional rifle company that will be recruited from the local area.”
Lieutenant Colonel Rathjen said the Greenbank base gave the battalion convenient access to training facilities and ranges for the 130 soldiers who will parade regularly.
“The new facility increases the efficiency of our use of resources, as it significantly reduces travel time, and will have a positive impact on training outcomes for us over coming years.”
Nearly 500 soldiers serve with 25/49RQR, with major elements located in Brisbane, Southport, Ipswich, Gatton, Toowoomba and Caboolture.
The linked battalion maintains the history, traditions, associations, affiliations, battle honours and Colours of both the 25th and the 49th Battalions. A distinguishing characteristic of 25/49RQR is that it holds more battle honours than any other currently active unit in the Australian Army. These include Gallipoli, Somme, France and Flanders, Villers Bretonneux, Kokoda Trail, Milne Bay, Buna-Gona and Sanananda Road.
[source: Contact Magazine and spotted by Brad Shillig ]
Association Birthday Lunch - Sat 7 December 2013
Invitations have been forwarded for the Association Birthday Lunch to be held on Saturday 7th December 2013 at the Milne Bay Library and Research Centre, Chermside by email and by post to members without email addresses.
The invitation is inclusive for all members, families and relatives. We have managed to peg the prices to last year's level and look forward to as large a attendance as we received then.
If you need any further information, or detailed instructions on how to get to the venue email the Secretary at or call her on 07 3814 4331.
11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month
IN FLANDERS FIELDS
In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
between the crosses,
row on row that mark our place;
and in the sky the larks,
still bravely singing,
fly scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the dead. Short days ago we lived,
felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved,
And now we lie in Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe;
To you from failing hands we throw the torch;
Be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die we shall not sleep,
Though poppies grow in Flanders fields.
Association Meeting Monday 3 Feb 2014
Our next meeting is on Monday 3 Feb 2014 at 1730 hrs in the Board Room at the Kedron Wavell Services Club.
Agenda items may now be forwarded to the Secretary by email to
You are invited to join us for a light meal after the meeting.
Monday 5 Aug 2013
Here is a link to a transcript of an interview with Frank McCosker done by the Australian War Memorial in 2003 - well spotted by Brad Shillig.
The link is to an external site at the AWM.
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.
Soldiers in Skin
Friday 5 June 2013
A large number of people gathered at the old Victoria Barracks Officers Mess for the launch of Michael Bond's book Soldiers in Skin. Michael launched the book with a lengthy, and humerous, dissertation of its creation and scope. A number of the soldiers mentioned in the book were also present.
In 2012 Michael Bond was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross for his command of the battalion.
Tales include the morale raising magic of a fictitious hat; trekking over 100 kilometres with 40 Indigenous teenagers; a stolen soldier; and the serious business of the Queensland floods in 2011 from Gympie to Grantham.
The book is available for $20 from the Museum at Enoggera and shortly from our new WebShop.