Australian-First Trek to Honour WW1 QLD Diggers

October 17th, 2014

A 97 year old Aspley man whose father was killed in action during World War 1 will help officially launch an inaugural trek to honour the almost seven thousand Queenslanders who died in the Great War.Group shot_lowres

The Australian-first World War 1 Queenslander Challenge will see participants trek 100 kilometres non-stop starting on the 18 October carrying bricks bearing the names of fallen Queensland Defence Force personnel.

The South East Queensland trek from Woodford to The Gap will herald the start of a series of treks over the next four years to commemorate the period of the Great War.

Participants will collectively carry 6967 etched bricks which is enough to fill a semi-trailer or build a low-set brick house.

They’ll then be used to build a new memorial at Walton Street Bridge, The Gap which will be unveiled on Remembrance Day in 2018; the centenary of the end of WW1.

Ninety-seven year old Merv Clark OAM will be at the launch, holding his father’s brick.  Private Frank Edmund Clark of the 15th Australian Infantry Battalion was killed on the 1February 1917 when the French tunnel he was in was destroyed by the Germans.

Horses and representatives from the 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment Queensland Mounted Infantry Historical Troop who are participating in the trek will also be in attendance as well as teams from Kedron-Wavell Services Club and RSL Sub Branch and around thirty students from Padua College, Kedron State High School, Wavell State High School and Mount Alvernia College.

Funds raised from the entry fees for the treks over the next four years will go to Mates4Mates to support injured, ill and wounded current and ex-serving Defence personnel.

About Mates4Mates

  • Mates4Mates is a not for profit charity initiated by RSL (Queensland branch) which provides support to wounded, injured or will current and ex-serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel and their families.
  • Mates4Mates is designed to complement and enhance the capability of the ADF to support their current and ex-serving personnel and their families.
  • Mates4Mates is an independent, apolitical and non-religious organisation offering services like physical rehabilitation, psychological services, counselling, career coaching and adventure challenges.

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