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11 June, 2021

42nd to hold reunion

MACKAY'S 42nd Infantry Battalion Association is holding its reunion on July 31 at the Metropolitan Hotel.

Association President, Garry Edwards said the evening will start at 6:30pm with the playing of The Last Post by bugler Glen Nicholi.

“Members of the 42nd Battalion, Mackay’s 9th Field Ambulance, plus current and past Members of the 31st/42 Battalion are very welcome,” The Association President explained.

“Most members attending our reunion served in B Company, Royal Queensland Regiment, Mackay, Sarina, and outer districts of Moranbah, Dysart and Middlemount. “Some of our Members will travel from all points of Queensland to attend this reunion.”

Mr Edwards said the reunion will celebrate, honour and remember the contribution to Australia that our fallen comrades have given to each and every one of us.

“We salute their service, today’s brave young soldiers, the surviving troubled returned veterans and our departed soldiers from all conflicts.

“In doing so, we prepare a place for the Unknown Soldier, adorned with a wreath, a slouch hat and webbing.

“Their actions, kinship and spirit, is the foundation behind the pride of the 42ndInfantry Battalion and in turn, so too, the 42nd Infantry Battalion Association, which was formed by the returned soldiers of World War II. “Our Australian and Queensland flags and Association Banner will decorate the room.”

Mr Edwards said the Association’s long proud history is published in two books. The first book is “The Spirit of the 42nd, which explains our role during the Great War (WW I) 1914 – 1918.

“The second book is the story of the 42nd Australian Infantry Battalion in World War II, written bu Cpl. S E. Benson.

Both texts give true and accurate accounts of what our men and women faced in these two Wars.

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