25th Battalion


On St Patrick’s Day, 1942 the Darling Downs 25th Battalion left Cabarlah barracks at 2am and marched down the steep Range to the siding at Spring Bluff Railway Station.

The soldiers boarded trains bound for the Brisbane Exhibition Grounds, Townsville and eventually Milne Bay. More than 200 did not return from battles with Japanese forces at Milne Bay in 1942 and Bougainville in 1945. A memorial plaque is located on the Station and the Trust hold a commemoration ceremony for the veterans each year on St Patrick’s Day. Each year on the anniversary of the Soldiers’ departure from Spring Bluff, returned members of the 25th Battalion and their families gather at Spring Bluff Railway Station for a flag raising ceremony.

25th Battalion 2007

25th Battalion 2007

25th Battalion 2017

25th Battalion 2017