Kooralbyn Anzac Service Honours Animals 

Jim Tyson, Kooralbyn Valley RSL Sub Branch President, Brian McGuiness and Karen Cook releasing pigeons in preparation for Kooralbyn Valley RSL Sub Branch’s ANZAC Day Service. Photo: Susie Cunningham.

The Kooralbyn Valley RSL’s 10am Anzac Day Service will recognise animals that served during war times.

The service will include a reenactment of messenger pigeons being released, with pigeons supplied by local breeder Geoff Cook.

During World War One up to 100,000 carrier pigeons were used by German, French, British and American troops to carry important information.

Kooralbyn Valley RSL President, Brian McGuiness said messenger pigeons had numerous advantages in war time. 

“They are easy to transport, eat little and can travel at high altitudes and quickly, and do not need batteries.”

Since 1943, 31 dogs, 32 pigeons, three horses and one cat have received the Dickin Medal for Valour, a bronze medallion bearing the words ‘For Gallantry’ and ‘We Also Serve’.

The Kooralbyn Valley RSL Sub Branch will conduct two services on Anzac Day. 

The Dawn Service is at 5.30am and the Morning Service and March is at 10am, both held at the Memorial Stone for Kooralbyn RSL, 79 Ogilvie Place, Kooralbyn.

Anzac Day Services – 25 April

Beaudesert will welcome a full return to Anzac Day services on 25 April 2022. The dawn service will be at 4.20am at the cenotaph on the corner of William Street and Brisbane Street, followed by a gunfire breakfast at The Club.

The parade will form up at 11am on Brisbane Street outside the Woolworths car park and march to the cenotaph for an 11.30am service.

The main Beaudesert service and parade is being coordinated by the Scenic Rim Regional Council with assistance from the Beaudesert RSL Sub Branch ANZAC sub-committee. 

For more information, phone the sub branch on 5541 3720. 

The Rathdowney service will be at 8.15am at the memorial grounds.

The Kooralbyn Valley RSL Sub Branch are conducting two services on ANZAC Day, a Dawn Service at 5.30am and a Morning Service and March at 10am.

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