FITTING TRIBUTE: The new 42nd Battalion memorial will be located 30m upstream of the John Leak VC Memorial, pictured during Remembrance Day commemorations last year.
FITTING TRIBUTE: The new 42nd Battalion memorial will be located 30m upstream of the John Leak VC Memorial, pictured during Remembrance Day commemorations last year. Chris Ison Rokcremembrance

New memorial to honour our 42nd Battalion war heroes

ROCKHAMPTON'S 42nd Australian Infantry Battalion Association will finally have a permanent memorial honouring the unit's service in the First and Second World Wars.

Rockhampton Regional Council yesterday approved in the parks and recreation committee meeting a request for a memorial cairn and plaque to be built on Sir Raymond Huish Dve.

Rockhampton Regional Mayor Margaret Strelow said the 42nd Battalion was worthy of the memorial and council "absolutely" supported the commemoration.

But Cr Strelow said it was a shame many Rockhampton war memorials and commemorations were spread out across the city.

She said it would be good to see a designated precinct for memorials.

"If they were (along) a walk, they'd tell our story all the way along," Cr Strelow said. "If they were together in some way, it becomes a feature."

After council granted permission for the cairn and plaque to be built, Cr Strelow moved that a policy on war memorials and commemorative plinths be developed as a matter of urgency.

"Clustering them together is a powerful thing and should be our goal," she said.

The 42nd Battalion memorial would be located 30m upstream of the John Leak VC Memorial, to avoid confusion between the two.

The 42nd Battalion was raised in Brisbane in 1915 and served in the First and Second World Wars.

In 2008 it was amalgamated with the 31st Battalion to become the 31st/42nd Battalion, The Royal Queensland Regiment.

The association will be responsible for all costs involved with the memorial.



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