MARCHING ORDERS: Former Battery Commander Kerry Simonds and former gun sergeant John Dredge at the 25-pounder before it was moved.
MARCHING ORDERS: Former Battery Commander Kerry Simonds and former gun sergeant John Dredge at the 25-pounder before it was moved. Contributed

RSL battle for gun's Anzac Day return

THE 25-pounder gun that sat outside the North Ipswich RSL was on its way to Brisbane for further renovation work last week with no home on its return to Ipswich.

Council last week ruled out the RSL's proposed site at Memorial Gardens in front of the Soldiers Memorial Hall at Nicholas St.

The council is considering a location closer to the Memorial Hall building.

In the meeting, the council proposed an alternative site - the Bundamba Memorial Park on Brisbane Rd.

The Ipswich Railway RSL sub-branch handed the commemorative gun over to Ipswich RSL sub-branch late last year after Club Services Ipswich bought the Ipswich RSL Services Club building at North Ipswich.

Members of both branches had hoped to have the gun relocated to its new home outside the Ipswich RSL headquarters at Soldiers Memorial Hall by Anzac Day.

The field gun from the former Ipswich RSL heads to Brisbane.Photo: Contributed
The field gun from the former Ipswich RSL heads to Brisbane.Photo: Contributed Contributed

Since being moved from the North Ipswich site in January, the gun has been undergoing restoration work under a Brisbane Youth Detention Centre skills program at Wacol.

The wheels were removed and reconditioned with new tyres and the gun was sandblasted and rust removed under the program.

Last week it was on the move again, spotted on the back of a truck on its way to Brisbane.

Members of both RSL branches had hoped to keep the gun in central Ipswich, saying the Memorial Hall was a suitable spot and would add to the attraction of the hall's military museum.

The British-made field gun is the type used in the Second World War and was presented to Ipswich RSL Services Club at North Ipswich when it opened in November 1979.

It was one of five 25-pounders stationed at 14 Field Battery 5/11 Regiment at Milford St.



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