The History of the 9th Battalion – First Ashore at Gallipoli Part 1

Since this is one of the finest legions in the Australian Army, I thought I would do an article covering the concise history of one of Queensland’s well known units – the ninth Battalion, earlier the Moreton Regiment and now a contingent of the Royal Queensland Regiment. Furthermore, obviously – first shorewards at Gallipoli on 25th April, 1915. anzac day australia 

The ninth Battalion can follow it’s history back to 1860 with the development of the No 1 Company including 50 volunteer sharpshooters to fill in as infantry inside the Queensland Defense Force. Amid the 1860s and into the 1870s, the organization developed in numbers and in the long run in 1879 four organizations of infantry were amalgamated in Brisbane as The First Regiment of Queensland Infantry under the summon of Major W H Snelling. The new regiment contained seven organizations, assigned “A” through to ‘H’.

In 1885, the regiment was currently an incompletely paid corps and progressed toward becoming assigned as The First Queenslanders (The Moreton Regiment) and included 520 paid volunteer civilian army officers and fighters and 660 volunteers who did not get any compensation from the Queensland Government.

The regiment called for volunteers for dynamic administration in 1891, when the Queensland Government declared a highly sensitive situation brought on by the Shearers Strike. The warriors were severely arranged and under provisioned that after touching base in Gympie (while in transit to Barcaldine to go up against the rebel shearers) that socks and different arrangements must be acquired before they could proceed on their way. They stayed in Barcaldine for a while before at long last cruising back to Brisbane.

Amid the 1890s, a few officers were presented on the regiment and who might later separate themselves as commanders amid the First World War. Skipper Henry Chauvel was posted as the Adjutant in 1896 while Lieutenant Cyril Brudenel White (later Chief of Staff to Monash and Chief of the Imperial General Staff) participated in 1897. The regimental likewise received the proverb “For Queen and Country” in 1898 and in 1899 saw volunteers join the Queensland unexpected for administration in South Africa battling the Boers.

In 1900, the regiment lost it’s “F” Company (Ipswich), “H” Company (Blackstone), “I” Company (Boonah) and “K” Company (Lowood) to the recently shaped Darling Downs Regiment. This left the regiment with six organizations.

The new year (1901) got a standout amongst the most celebrated occasions in Australia’s history – Federation. The different state barrier strengths were assimilated into the Commonwealth Military Forces and this saw the regiment turn into the ninth Australian Infantry Regiment (The Moreton Regiment). As more than 10 percent of the regiment had seen benefit in South Africa, the Battle Honor ‘South Africa 1900-02’ was conceded to the regiment by His Majesty King Edward VII with the flag being displayed in Centennial Park in Sydney.

The year 1911 saw the presentation of mandatory military administration in Australia which prompted promote re-numbering and much change inside the juvenile Australian Defense Force. The regiment lost its Moreton Regiment assignment in 1913 to the seventh Battalion and ended up noticeably known as the ninth Battalion (Logan and Albert Regiment) under the summon of Lieutenant-Colonel G A Ferguson.

In August, 1914, Great Britain announced war on Germany and Australia’s Prime Minister at the time, Andrew Fisher, swore support to the motherland ‘to the last man and the last shilling’. The Australian Imperial Force was brought up in August, 1914 for abroad administration with the Queensland unit being the ninth Battalion AIF. Numerous individuals from the state army ninth Battalion joined the Australian Imperial Force and were dispensed to the ninth Battalion AIF. The propel gathering of the contingent left on 22nd September, 1914 on the way to Egypt.

The rest of the legion landed in Egypt in January, 1915 and started additionally preparing (as a feature of the third Brigade, first Australian Division) in arrangement for activity against Turkey. Shading patches were likewise issued interestingly to the contingent in April, 1915 and were worn with pride for the rest of the war.

The unit left for Gallipoli on the destroyers HMS Queen, Beagle and Colne and broadly were the principal shore at Gallipoli at 4:28am, 25th April, 1915. It is trusted that the legion’s 2IC (second in Command) MAJOR J C Robertson was the main individual shorewards having been in the main vessel yet different histories say Lieutenant Duncan Chapman as the principal man aground. The contingent was the vanguard of the third Brigade and went ahead to be included in all the real crusades on the Gallipoli peninsular.

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