Gunner Signallers' Club
Happily, since inception, the Club has been joined by a welcome number of Fellow Members. During this time Harry, Tom and our Platoon Sergeant, Bruce Cowan, were accorded Life Membership of the Club.
23 Platoon consisted of 47 members, 24 in 9 Section and 23 in 10 Section but not all have joined the club as some were deceased at the time of formation and some opted not to join.
After Wacol, the two Sections having been trained as Gunner Signallers, were allotted to CMF Artillery Regiments, 9 Section to 11 FD REGT, RAA and 10 Section to 3 LAA/SL REGT, RAA, both situated at Kelvin Grove ( later Gona Barracks ). Not all members went to these Units as some (bank employees and the like) were transferred to country areas and Units. The reason our Club newsletter is titled “COCK O’ THE WALK”; is that 23 Platoon, being superior to all the rest of the Battalion, won that competition towards the end of the intake at Wacol. The competition later became the “Telegraph Shield”.
Some achievements of the Club have been the conduct of a survey of members as to the possibility of the re-introduction of National Service. The results of that survey were that “a compulsory scheme be introduced to cater to the training of both 18 year old male and female residents of Australia and consisting of a period of Full Time and periods of Part Time training and that the scheme should involve both Civil as well as Defence Force training. The comprehensive and tabulated results of the survey were sent to organizations thought interested as well as the Federal Government of the Commonwealth of Australia and its Opposition.
In 1995 our Annual Reunion was organised to celebrate the 1945 – 1995 Australia Remembers Campaign. At this function of note we had the pleasure of four WW2 Guest Speakers as well as a number WW2 Veteran Guests.
The Gunner Signallers’ Club has been, and will be, honoured by Reunion Guest Speakers who have all given quality and most interesting presentations. Over the years we have become corporate members of the National Servicemen’s Association of Australia and members have participated in their City marches.
Eight former gunners, by forming a team titled “The Kelvin Grove Artillery Historical Group”, and consisting of two Colonels, a Lieutenant Colonel, a Major, two Captains, a Warrant Officer Class One and a Sergeant, all retired, became authors for the eras:
1988 saw the end of Artillery at Kelvin Grove. During the eras there is also coverage of the Artillery Band which, in 1988, moved to Gallipoli Barracks at Enoggera with this information being obtained from former Band Master WO1 David Kindness.
All the above, plus an Artillery Background, was edited and published by our Colonel Commandant Northern Region and Co-author, Arthur Burke, with Rex Kirkham being the instigator of the idea of a book thought necessary to cover those historical eras. Besides the guns and other equipment used by the units Command Postings have also been included.
The book is of 50 pages with a solid cover in colour with 8 of those pages devoted to illustrations of guns, gunners and special occasions. There is also a detailed map of former Artillery Barracks superimposed with the present layout of the Village.
While copies of the book are still available download an Order Form, and send your $6.50 cheque or money order made out and addressed to [as at Nov 2011]:
COL A Burke OAM
By the way, if you’re ever around the Kelvin Grove area, make sure you have a look at the wonderful development of the Village and see all the heritage listed barracks that have been retained.