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25th Battalion are reunited

100 YEAR COMMITMENT: Between them past and present 25th Battalion members Jim Mitchell, Dave Inch and Ken Palmer have been in service to their nation for more than 100 years.
100 YEAR COMMITMENT: Between them past and present 25th Battalion members Jim Mitchell, Dave Inch and Ken Palmer have been in service to their nation for more than 100 years. Daniel Elliott

THE 25th Battalion was raised at Enoggera in March 1915 and was predominantly composed of Queensland men with a small contingent from Darwin.

After landing in France on March 19, 1916, as the first AIF battalion to arrive on French shores the 25th Battalion diggers took part in their first major battle at Pozieres, France between July 25 and August 7.

Since being raised nearly 100 years ago the battalion was disbanded and reinstated several times and saw service again during the Second World War conflict in the Pacific, where soldiers from Stanthorpe were among the men who handed the Japanese Army their first land defeat at Milne Bay.

Recently current and former members of the 25th Battalion Darlings Downs Regiment met at the Stanthorpe RSL to renew friendships and reminisce about times gone by during their shared service to the nation.

25th Battalion Reunion Organising Committee member Des Fossey said previously reunions had been held each year, but with the passing of the battalion's old guard the Stanthorpe reunion had been the first in six years.

"We had been in planning mode since May 2012 with many hours and telephone calls endeavouring to call all ex-members for their correct address and any names of mates who they served with that the committee may have missed," he said.

"The reunion was a chance for mates to meet and talk about old times as well as renew friendships.

"There were ex-members visiting from all over Queensland who had moved away after their obligation was completed."

Topics:  soldiers, war



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