TRIBUTE: Unveiling of the Duncan Chapman memorial in Queens Park, Maryborough.
TRIBUTE: Unveiling of the Duncan Chapman memorial in Queens Park, Maryborough. Alistair Brightman

Our hero gets international recognition

THE legend of Maryborough's Lieutenant Duncan Chapman has received international recognition with Minister for Veteran Affairs Dan Tehan reading from his letters at Gallipoli on Anzac Day.

Mr Tehan described the first man ashore of the now historic charge as an office worker from Maryborough, Queensland.

The minister also took the time to quote from a letter Lt Chapman wrote to his brother Charles.

"To me was given the extreme honour of being actually the first man to put foot ashore on this peninsula, to lead a portion of the men up the hill in that now historic charge," the letter reads.

"What a living hell it was too, and how I managed to go through it from 4 o'clock in the morning of Sunday, April 25, to Wednesday, 28 under fire the whole time, without being hit, is a mystery to me."

The mention is just the latest in a string of accolades for the Maryborough hero who was memorialised with a statue in Maryborough's Queen's Park for the Anzac centenary last year.

The statue has attracted attention during this year's Anzac celebrations with people leaving poppies and flowers at the site.

But, the battle to have Lt Chapman remembered for his deeds is still not over.

The Duncan Chapman Memorial Appeal Committee, spearheaded by former Chronicle editor Nancy Bates, is fighting for funding for the second stage of the project.

When complete that stage will feature an 8m high representation of the three ridges of Anzac Cove.

Behind will be representations of three 9th Battalion boats that first touched shore.

"The city of Maryborough is justifiably proud of Duncan Chapman's role and rallied with amazing spirit in 2014 to raise funds for his statue in Queen's Park," Ms Bates said.

"Hearing Minister Tehan speaking about him at the Gallipoli dawn service on Monday was an emotional experience."

She said the Stage 2 plans were being revised to be in keeping with the heritage feel of Queen's Park.

The new designs, expected this month, will include the Pozieres memorial.

Lt Chapman died at Pozieres, in France, which was a two-week battle during the middle stages of the Battle of the Somme.



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