The The 28 recruits lined up and the soldiers who came back from Enoggera for the oringinal March of th Dungarees on November 16, 1915. Photo Contributed
The The 28 recruits lined up and the soldiers who came back from Enoggera for the oringinal March of th Dungarees on November 16, 1915. Photo Contributed Harold Spreadborough

March of Dungarees a significant moment in our history

THE March of the Dungarees is a significant moment in the history of the Darling Downs, but one few people know about, especially younger generations.

That is why everyone who can should attend the commemorations at the Warwick Town Hall tonight.

The event starts at 5.30pm with the arrival of the re-enactment parade led by the 11th Lighthorse Warwick-Montrose Troop.

From there the community will pay tribute to the 125 men who marched 239km from Warwick to Brisbane via Toowoomba, Laidley and Ipswich.

The march was as a way to bolster national enthusiasm for enlistment, which was on the wane with publication of casualty lists and word of the Gallipoli horrors reaching Australia.

Despite this, the March of the Dungarees stirred up more young men into enlisting - many of whom did not return from the battlefields.

The patriotic call was so strong that towns that were not marched through sent men to the march so that they could participate.

Members of the Warwick community who have worked tirelessly on the event for more than 10 months should be commended for their efforts.

Not only are they honouring our past, but they are educating current generations of an important part of our history.



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