Brisbane Grammar School WWI War Trophy

Location of Brisbane Grammar School WWI War Trophy

Brisbane Grammar School, 70 Gregory Terrace
Brisbane QLD 4000

A rare and significant barrel transport vehicle (Rohrhinterwagen) for a 10.4cm Skoda M1915 field gun. Mounted on a concrete and stone plinth, it resides at the entrance to the Brisbane Grammar SchoolGreat Hall, with bronze plaque mounted below the front. A second small metal plaque low on the northern side states that the gun was returned to its present site in 1996 after refurbishment by members of the South Queensland Logistics Group

Inscription

This gun (with 8,107 Turks and Germans) was captured at Jenin, Palestine, on 20th September, 1918, by Brigadier-General L.C. Wilson, C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O., CROIX DE G., 3rd Light Horse Brigade, A.I.F.. an "old boy" of this school.

Conflicts commemorated
  • First World War, 1914–1918
  • Unit memorials
Memorial type
Gun / war trophy
Additional information

Although 'field gun' like in appearance, the original field gun was too heavy for a standard 6 horse team to pull over any distance. The barrel was detached and carried on its own vehicle. A formation that can be seen in the images on this website. There is also no recoil or recuperator assembly under the barrel and no elevation/traverse gear that would be expected on a gun. The transport vehicle at Brisbane Grammar is a unique piece since it's the only surviving Rohrhinterwagen with a Skoda barrel in the world. There is another one at the Brussels Army Museum (Musee Royale de l' Armee), but that one carries a 15cm howitzer barrel. The barrel transport vehicles for the two guns were virtually identical.

(Source: Charlie Clelland)

Recorded by
Lesley McBurney/Charlie Clelland
Date recorded
17 September 2009

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