Roma remembers the local Anzacs who fought at Polygon Wood

​The commemorative ceremony will be held at 11am on Sunday, 24 September at the Roma Cenotaph. The ceremony has been organised by the Queensland Government and Maranoa Regional Council to ensure these soldiers and their brave actions are not forgotten.

Councillor Cameron O'Neil, Portfolio Chair for Events said this is an important service to recognise the sacrifice of local servicemen and women, particularly within the centenary of the First World War.

"Council invites the community to come along and pay tribute to the service soldiers from the Roma region have given," Cr O'Neil said.

The Battle of Polygon Wood took place during the Third Battle of Ypres, in a polygon-shaped plantation forest in Belgium on 26 September 1917.

Capturing this heavily-shelled forest – which was defended by dozens of fortified German bunkers – was a significant victory for the Australians and greatly contributed to the Allied Force's advance on the Western Front.

Sadly, their success during the campaign came at a cost of more than 5,700 Australian casualties (killed and wounded).

The community can also learn more about the men from Roma who were involved in the battle at a special installation at Roma Library from Monday, 25 September to Saturday, 30 September. Children will have the chance to learn more about the battle and help to create the Polygon Wood patchwork tree.  

For further information, please contact Council's Regional Libraries, Arts & Culture Development Coordinator on 1300 007 662.

This project is proudly supported by the Queensland Government.