Note that the original Saxe blue oval
shoulder patch is still part of the 11 Bde badge.
11th Brigade was formed in Queensland in 1916
from the 41st Battalion (QLD), 42nd Battalion (QLD),
43rd Battalion (SA), 44th Battalion (WA), 11 Field Ambulance (SA), 25th
Company Service Corps (SA), 11th Machine Gun Company and with 11th Trench
Mortar Company joining later. The Brigade first
paraded on ANZAC Day in 1916
Commanded by Brigadier C.D.W. Rankin, VD.
On 17 May 1916 Brigade embarkation began for
Britain, concentrating at Larkhill, Wiltshire by 27 July 1916. On 22
November that year the Brigade, as part of 3rd Division, embarked for France
after the Somme Offensive. They fought in the Battle of Messines under the
command of Brigadier General J.H. Cannan, CB, CMG, DSO, VD. Included in the
WWI battle honours were: Third Battle of Ypres, Broodseinde, Passchendaele,
Morlancourt, Villers-Bretonneux, Hamel, Mericourt, Suzanne, the capture of
Mont St Quentin and Peronne and the Hindenberg Line.
In December 1941 the Brigade reformed under
Brigadier F.R. North CB, MC, ED and comprised of 26th Battalion, 31st
Battalion and 51st Battalion. In the ensuing period 42nd
Battalion transferred to 29 Brigade, the 11th Brigade moved to
Cairns and 31st Battalion and 51st Battalion linked as the 31st/51st
Battalion. In July 1943 the Brigade embarked for Merauke, Dutch New Guinea,
Commanded by Brigadier J.R. Stevenson CBE, DSO, ED. The Brigade returned to
Strathpine in April 1944 for retraining and was reinforced by 53rd/55th
Battalion. In January 1945 they sailed for Bougainville under 3rd Division
where 31st/51st Battalion fought the Battle of Porton Plantation on 8 June
The Brigade paraded for the last time on 21
May 1960 under the command of Colonel I.M. Hunter, CVO, MBE. The post war
period saw many changes to units and formation with HQ 11th Task Force being
established in January 1972 under Colonel J.M. Church, DSO and changing
again in November 1977 to 11th Field Force Group then under Colonel N.S.
Harris, ED. The 11th Brigade was re-raised in Townsville on 5 September
1987, under command of Brigadier G.L. Mansford, AM.
11th Infantry Brigade (Outer States) [Third Division]
Formed in Australia March 1916 and assigned to
41st Infantry Battalion March 1916 to past November 1918
42nd Infantry Battalion March 1916 to 31 October 1918
43rd Infantry Battalion March 1916 to past November 1918
44th Infantry Battalion March 1916 to past November 1918
11th Machine Gun Company July 1916 to February 1918
11th Light Trench Mortar Battery July 1916 to past November
Colonel/Brigadier General D. D. W. Rankin February 1916 to
Brigadier General J. H.
"Bull" Cannan December 1916 to past 13 December 1919
- Passchendaele, Third Battle of Ypres
- Mont St Quentin,
- Hindenburg Line
Ross Mallett (ADFA)