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The plaque commemorates the members of the 52nd Infantry Battalion who served in World War One.

The Battalion, formed in early 1916, was initially comprised of men from South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia. From mid-1916, its reinforcements were predominantly Queenslanders. It first fought at Mouquet Farm in September 1916, losing half its strength in bitter fighting. Then it took part in the Ypres offensive in 1917, fighting through the mud at Messines and Broodseinde Ridge, taking even more casualties. By early 1918, the 52nd had received over 1,300 reinforcements from Queensland. And it was to play a key role in two important battles in that year — Dernancourt and Villers-Bretonneux.

The battle to re-take Villers-Bretonneux on the eve of Anzac Day 1918 has become synonymous with Australia's involvement on the Western Front. Nearly 500 Queenslanders fought with the 52nd Battalion at Villers-Bretonneux.




Address:Ann Street, ANZAC Square, Crypt, Brisbane, 4000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -27.466463
Long: 153.026491
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:04-August-1914
Actual Event End Date:28-June-1919


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 24th April, 2018
Source: MA
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