Sep 10

9th Battalion WW1 Re-enactment Group

NEW Members

Are you interested in Military History, have some free time, always wanted to be a part of a small dedicated group who provide a fantastic look into the past military history. The  9th Battalion Re-enactment Group is always on the lookout for new members – if your interested all equipment is supplied you just need to provide the time.

For Information Contact Jim Wilson on 4124 8184 or the Hervey bay RSL Sub Branch 4197 7477.



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Rimau Commemoration

at the Z Force Memorial, Dayman Park

Sunday 9th July 2017




Rimau Commemoration

at the Z Force Training Area, Fraser Island

Sunday 9thJuly 2017

Members of the Hervey Bay RSL 9th Battalion WW1 Re-Enactment Group were requested to attend the inaugural memorial service at the ‘Z’ Force Training Area in honour to the men who trained in the training area during 1943 to 1945. Though those who trained in the location saw Covert Ops through SE Asia including Timor, New Guinea and Indonesia the most memorable were the men who served on Operation Jaywick and Operation Rimau.

An honour guard under the command of Ian Williams (Re-Enactment Gp CSM) was mounted surrounding the sandstone relief map monument which was the centre place for training and per-ops briefs during ‘Z’ Force Fraser Island training centre’s duration.  Mr Jim Swan ‘Z’ Force Fraser Island curator directed the service. A prayer was delivered by Mr Jim Wilson (Re-enactment Gp Commander) and the service captured the mood and the surrounds of the area.

The service was attended by some members from the Qld Park Ranger Service and guests from the Kingfisher Bay Resort.

Group photo at Z Force Training Area on Fraser Island

Team Rimau Service at Fraser Island

The Last Post

Team Tour debrief prior to arrival at Z Force Training Area for the Commemoration Service

Team Z corner, Kingfisher Bay Resort Reception area

The 9th Btn WW1 RE-Enactment Group on the KBR ferry, River Heads




Brooweena Bridge ceremony – 20 May 2017

The Brooweena Bridge was built in 1921 by local employees from the properties surrounding the now well-kept monument which is approximately 16 km north of the village of Brooweena.

The Re-enactment Group under command of the Re-enactment Group CSM Ian Williams, mounted a honour guard on the bridge, also 2 members carried out flag orderly duties for the Australian National Flag and the WW1 9th Battalion battle flag, while another member held the Eternal Flame on the middle of the bridge as a mark of respect and in memory for those who enlisted in WW1 from the community of Brooweena. Many who did not return to their homeland and to life out their lives in peace. Mr Jim Wilson (Re-enactment Group Commander) delivered a prayer for the service. He also conducted the ode, in prelude to the Last Post, minutes silence and Reveille.

The master of ceremonies for the service was the President of the Brooweena Historical Village Mrs Michelle McLeish who opened and closed the service. Mrs Gail Gaul recited a poem in dedication to the soldiers of the district.

The service was well attended by the members of the local community of Brooweena. Many of the local attendees wore period costume to relive the era of the Great War which added to the setting for the service.

Mrs Mcleish has requested that the service be an annual event to honour those from the community who service their county with pride and gave the supreme sacrifice.

Click here to see a video of the ceremony





The Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch 9th Battalion WWI Re-Enactment Group were invited by the Maryborough RSL Sub-Branch to participate in the unveiling of a plaque in honour of Major Duncan Chapman, a Maryborough local and the first man to land on the shores of Gallipoli on 25 April 1915.

The plaque is in front of Duncan Chapman’s childhood home in Maryborough and has been inducted into the Maryborough Military Trail.





The HBRSL 9th Battalion WW1 Re-Enactment Group forming up for the Main March in front of the RSL & Services Memorial Club

Tracy Gillespie and the HBRSL Sub-Branch WW1 Re-Enactment Group during the Main Service

The HBRSL 9th Battalion WW1 Re-Enactment Group at Freedom Park during the Main Service



The Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch 9th Battalion WWI Re-Enactment Group selling ANZAC Day memorabilia at the Stocklands Shopping Centre in Pialba during April 2017




Urangan Pier Centenary commemoration Saturday 4th March 2017

Members of the Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch 9th Battalion WW1 Re-Enactment Group took part in the procession for the Urangan Pier Centenary on 4th March 2017.  The Re-enactment Group were in the forefront of the procession taking their place marching behind the Hervey Bay RSL Pipe Band.  The parade moved along ‘The Esplanade’ from Elizabeth St to the Pier Park to conclude the march in the Urangan Pier park.

The members of the Re-Enactment Group then formed up to man the Honour Guard for the Governor of Queensland, His Excellency The Honourable Paul de Jersey AC.  After the general salute the Governor then inspected the guard and congratulated the Re-Enactment Group for the excellent work preformed for the commemoration of the Centenary of the Urangan Pier.

After the official dedication of the plaque identifying the commemoration and the cutting of the cake for the celebration of the Urangan Pier Centenary the Re-Enactment Group marched off through the crowded park along the various market stalls to be dismissed.




Maryborough Military & Colonial Museum

Promotional Event


The group outside the Maryborough Military & Colonial Museum

On Saturday 3rd December 2016 the Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch Inc. 9th Battalion WW1 Re-Enactment Group were invited to attend at the Maryborough Military & Colonial Museum for promotional photos for the Museum.   As always the Group were happy to oblige and got into the spirit of the occasion.


Kate Guy, Simon Newmunn, Patrick Darcy + Sue Darcy


Kate Guy + Simon Newmunn


Ken Price, Kate Guy + Bill Vance


Tony Allen + Sue Darcy


Ken Price, Kate Guy, Jim Wilson + Glenn Wells



Somme Commemoration at Freedom Park 18 November 2016

One hundred years ago, in 1916, the Battle of Somme claimed millions of soldiers’ lives from all around the world including 42,000 Australians.  A Battle of the First World War lasting 141 days. 
The Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch 9th Battalion WW1 Re-Enactment Group commemorated this event at sundown in Freedom Park on Friday 18 November 2016.  
About 400 people and 140 school children went along to the event which included the firing of Maryborough’s Time Cannon, a touching address by a French Representative and a re-enactment of soldiers leaving the trenches.

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The 9th Battalion Re-Enactment Group at Freedom Park Remembrance Day Service 2016


9th Battalion Re-Enactment Group Nurses (Annette Georgiou, Kate Gay, Sue Darcy) at Freedom Park Remembrance Day Service 2016


The 9th Battalion Re-Enactment Group receiving the RSL ANZAC Flame at Freedom Park Remembrance Day Service 2016


The 9th Battalion WW1 Re-enactment group volunteering during Legacy Badge Week at Stocklands Shopping Centre, Hervey Bay on Friday 1st September 2016

Re-enactment Group - Legacy Badge Week



Korea Memorial Day 27 July 2016

Cenotaph, Freedom Park

Catafalque Party


Honour Guard


Members of the 9th Battalion Re-enactment Group at the Annual Coalfest Street Parade          Howard, Saturday 16th July 2016







The 9th Battalion Re-enactment Group at the Rimau Commemoration 10 July 2016, TS KRAIT Memorial, Dayman Park, Urangan


9th Battalion Re-enactment Group at Rimau Commemoration 2016


JW ANZAC Day marching JW ANZAC Day

Jim Wilson, Committee Member / 9th Battalion Re-Enactment Group leader

ANZAC Day 2016

Left: Leading the Re-enactment group march to Freedom Park

Right: Holding the Eternal Flame at the Hervey Bay War Memorial – Dawn Service




Click here to see the ABC video – Re-enactment group steps up for duty


In August 1914, shortly after World War I was declared, the 9th Battalion in Queensland was raised for the Australian Infantry Force.After preliminary training the battalion sailed to Egypt in December of 1914, where they joined the 10th, 11th and 12th Battalions that formed the 3rd Brigade.At Gallipoli, in the early hours of April 25, 1915, the 9th Battalion was the first of the battalions ashore.Now, 96 years later, the Hervey Bay RSL Sub Branch is paying tribute to their local battalion by creating a 9th Battalion re-enactment group.The group was created after the members of the Australian Army Catafalque party, originally organized to come to the local Vietnam Veterans ceremony, were deployed to Afghanistan and there was no one to fill the role of guards at the Cenotaph at short notice.In order to cover the gap, the idea of buying WWI uniforms and having alternates to the official Catafalque was suggested at a board meeting by organizer Jim Wilson and committee member Bill Tyrrell. Following approval Mr Wilson sourced the uniforms online.In the past five months, the success of the re-enactment group has grown both in popularity and participation numbers.