Koumala War Memorial

Location: Bull Street, Koumala
Local Government Authority: Mackay Regional Council.
Year Constructed: 1958.
Type of Construction:   Concrete with Marble insert and cross on top.   A brass plaque was added in 2006. 8 small plaques honouring 8 local men were added on Anzac Day 2010.
War: All
Names: No names originally recorded.  The Sarina RSL for the 2010 Anzac Day commemorations arranged for 8 Brass plaques to be attached to the memorial in honour of 8 men from Koumala who lost their lives in World War 2.
History:  The Koumala War Memorial  was dedicated on 18th April 1958.  A large contingent of troops training on Koumala Range took part in a very impressive ceremony.
Information Sources: Historical Review of Koumala and District 1859-1974, (1974), compiled by Koumala Presbyterian Women's Guild.
Brendan Maguire, Sarina RSL.
Transcription: ERECTED BY
THE CITIZENS OF
KOUMALA & DISTRICT
IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO
MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE
IN DEFENCE OF THEIR COUNTRY

 

Koumala Memorial southern aspect, 1994. 
( Glen Hall Collection)

Koumala Memorial southern aspect, October 2009. 
( Glen Hall Collection)

Koumala Memorial , Anzac Day 2010
( photograph courtesy of Brendan Maguire)

The original marble plaque, October 2009. 
( Glen Hall Collection)

The Brass plaque added in 2006, October 2009. 
( Glen Hall Collection)

Identified as  
ANDREWS, Albert Edward, Sapper, QX13131, 2/7th Field Company, Royal Australian Engineers, Killed in Action 12 April 1941, Aged 32 years, buried Tobruk War Cemetery, Libya.  
BROWNE, James Alexander, Private, QX23721, 3rd Australian Ordnance Store Company, Died of Illness whilst a P.O.W. 28 September 1943, Aged 34 years. Buried Kanchanaburi War Cemtery, Thailand.  
BONSOP, William, Private, QX26806, 2/26th Australian Infantry Battalion, Killed in Action 10 July 1943, Buried Lae War Cemetery, Papua New Guinea.  
BULL, Claude Charles, Private, QX8288, 2/9th Australian Infantry Battalion, enlisted 10 June 1940, Killed in Action, 11 August 1941, Tobruk, Libya.
GRAHAM, Wilson Alexander, Private, QX18586, 2/26th Australian Infantry Battalion, Died of illness whilst a P.O.W. 13 September 1943, aged 34 years, buried Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery, Myanmar (Burma).  
GREENE, John Henry, Private, QX31358, 2/42 Australian Infantry Battalion, Kille in Action 16 August 1943, Aged 32 years, Buried Lae War Cemetery, Papua New Guinea.  
MOLINAS, Frank Francis (D.F.C.), Flying Officer, 425454 (RAAF), 619 Squadron (RAF), enlisted 28 February 1942, Killed in Action (Flying Battle), 19 July 1944, Montreuilaux-Lions (Aisne), France.
MUMBY, Lionel Raymond, Private, QX11299, No. 2 Company, Australian Army Service Corps, Died of illness whilst a P.O.W. 3 October 1943, aged 31 years, Buried Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand.  

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