57,705 Queensland men and women enlisted during the First World War, and approximately 10,000 never returned home.
With its quiet and ambient soundscape, the World War I Memorial Crypt is a place of peaceful reflection. Its walls contain ornate memorial plaques which commemorate the fallen and honour the service and sacrifice of Queensland-associated battalions, regiments and other units.
A video wall on the left as you enter the Crypt focuses on the war as it was experienced at home. Over one hundred images feature recruitment, enlistment and training of Queenslanders who responded to the call. Other images depict family groups, or groups of dedicated volunteers who pitched in to support the war effort.
Along one wall of the Crypt are two touchscreens. The first links the adjacent memorial plaques to their unit histories, and enables visitors to explore the stories of these units from their landing in Egypt, to the shores of Gallipoli, and on to Europe.
The second touchscreen highlights twenty-one men and women whose stories represent the experiences of almost 60,000 Queenslanders who served in the War. Their photographs, letters, diaries and souvenirs vividly describe their experiences and serve as a lasting testament to their courage and sacrifice.
Inside the gallery
11th Australian Light Horse Regiment
The 11th Light Horse Regiment, Australian Imperial Force (AIF), consisted of two squadrons from Queensland and a third from South Australia. Together they formed part of the 4th Light Horse Brigade. Members of this Regiment took part in campaigns at Gallipoli and throughout Palestine.
Australian Machine Gun Corps
The Australian Machine Gun Corps was formed as part of the restructuring of the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) following the Gallipoli campaign. Machine-gun sections were detached from the infantry and instead grouped together to form their own corps. Members of this corps served on the Western Front and in the Middle East.
52nd Australian Infantry Battalion
The 52nd Battalion, Australian Imperial Force (AIF), was raised in Egypt in 1916. Half the battalion comprised South and Western Australian and Tasmanian veterans from the 12th Battalion; the other half comprised largely Queensland recruits who had recently arrived from Australia.
Other Memorial Galleries
Your passage through history continues inside the World War II Gallery, where visitors can explore the Queensland war experience and collection items on large interactive touchscreens, and take the time to view the plaques honouring a range of battalions.
In this gallery you’ll hear more about Queensland’s role during times of war and peacekeeping, see how regional Queensland commemorates Anzac Day and view plaques from post-WWII battalions. Take the time to leave a message to the fallen.