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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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DUNCAN CHAPMAN MEMORIAL PLAQUE UNVEILING

MARYBOROUGH 22 APRIL 2017

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.

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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.

 

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Maryborough Military & Colonial Museum

Promotional Event

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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.

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Kate Guy, Simon Newmunn, Patrick Darcy + Sue Darcy

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Kate Guy + Simon Newmunn

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Ken Price, Kate Guy + Bill Vance

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Tony Allen + Sue Darcy

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Ken Price, Kate Guy, Jim Wilson + Glenn Wells

 

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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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REMEMBRANCE DAY 2016 AT FREEDOM PARK

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

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

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

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

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Korea Memorial Day 27 July 2016

Cenotaph, Freedom Park

Catafalque Party

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Honour Guard

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

 

 

 

 

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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

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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

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

HISTORY OF THE 9TH BATTALION

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.