CAMP CAVES NEAR ROCKHAMPTON, QLD

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Camp Caves near Rockhampton

The 41st Division, US Army were based at Camp Caves near Rockhampton, in Queensland during World War 2.

Peter Landis's father was a US serviceman in Battery F, 13th Field Artillery, which was attached to the 24th Infantry Division. He arrived in Gladstone on 24 August 1943 from Pearl Harbour, Honolulu and moved straight to Camp Caves.  It appears they spent most of the time training till they were involved in a landing at Humbolt Bay, Hollandia, New Guinea on 24 April 1944.  Somewhere in Peter's father met his future wife at a dance at Milman, about 10 - 15 kilometres north of the Caves.  They were married on 11 July 1945 and Peter's father was discharged in November 1945.  Peter now lives about 12 kilometres from where his father was actually camped. Peter's father had no problems being discharged in Australia after the war. Peter remembers, there was a very large contingent of ex US servicemen who had married local girls in the Rockhampton area who had stayed behind.  Peter remembers as a child going to a number of functions with the families of the ex servicemen.  There was a newspaper article about one of these functions back in the mid fifties. 


Photo:- Ernie Cox

Double sided sign board for Camp Caves which was located in back room of St. Christophers
Chapel at
Nerimbera. Some of the lettering is missing and the photo is of the best side. The
edging is done with bark from the iron bark tree. Ernie Cox thinks the lettering is bark also.

 

Area A Medical Battalion 5 Kitchens 54 ft x 20 ft
5 Bathhouses 36 ft 6 in x 13 ft
1 Bathhouse 18 ft 6 in x 13 ft
4 Latrines 20 ft x 8 ft
1 Latrine 20 ft x 8 ft
1 Latrine 10 ft x 8 ft
1 Administration building 63 ft x 20 ft
1 Post Exchange 36 ft x 20 ft
1 Recreation building 63 ft x 20 ft
1 Infirmary building 72 ft x 20 ft
1 Storage building 63 ft x 20 ft
Area B Infantry Regiment 19 Kitchens 35 ft x 20 ft
19 Bathhouses 36 ft 6 in x 13 ft
4 Bathhouses 18 ft 6 ins x 13 ft
38 Latrines 10 ft x 8 ft (6 head)
4 Latrines 10 ft x 8 ft (4 head)
1 Administration building 63 ft x 20 ft
1 Post Exchange building 36 ft x 20 ft
3 Recreation building 63 ft x 20 ft
1 Dispensary building 45 ft x 20 ft
1 Storage building 63 ft x 20 ft
Area C Infantry Regiment 12 Kitchens 35 ft x 20 ft
7 Kitchens 54 ft x 20 ft
19 Bathhouses 36 ft 6 in x 13 ft
4 Bathhouses 18 ft 6 ins x 13 ft
19 Latrines 20 ft x 10 ft
4 Latrines 10 ft x 8 ft
1 Administration building 63 ft x 20 ft
1 Post Exchange building 36 ft x 20 ft
3 Recreation building 63 ft x 20 ft
1 Dispensary building 45 ft x 20 ft
1 Storage building 63 ft x 20 ft
Area D Infantry Regiment 19 Kitchens 35 ft x 20 ft
19 Bathhouses 36 ft 6 in x 13 ft
4 Bathhouses 18 ft 6 ins x 13 ft
6 Latrines 20 ft x 8 ft
26 Latrines 10 ft x 8 ft (6 head)
4 Latrines 10 ft x 8 ft (4 head)
1 Administration building 63 ft x 20 ft
1 Post Exchange building 36 ft x 20 ft
3 Recreation building 63 ft x 20 ft
1 Dispensary building 45 ft x 20 ft
1 Storage building 63 ft x 20 ft
Area E Artillery Battalion 5 Kitchens 54 ft x 20 ft
5 Bathhouses 36 ft 6 in x 18 ft
1 Bathhouse 18 ft 6 in x 19 ft
5 Latrines 20 ft x 8 ft
1 Latrine 10 ft x 8 ft
1 Administration building 63 ft x 20 ft
1 Post Exchange building 36 ft x 20 ft
1 Recreation building 63 ft x 20 ft
1 Dispensary building 45 ft x 20 ft
1 Storage building 63 ft x 20 ft
Area F 2 Artillery Battalions 10 Kitchens 54 ft x 20 ft
10 Bathhouses 36 ft 6 in x 18 ft
2 Bathhouse 18 ft 6 in x 19 ft
10 Latrines 20 ft x 8 ft
2 Latrine 10 ft x 8 ft
1 Administration building 63 ft x 20 ft
1 Post Exchange building 36 ft x 20 ft
2 Recreation building 63 ft x 20 ft
2 Dispensary building 45 ft x 20 ft
2 Storage building 63 ft x 20 ft
Area G Artillery Battalion 5 Kitchens 54 ft x 20 ft
5 Bathhouses 36 ft 6 in x 13 ft
1 Bathhouse 18ft 6 in x 13 ft
5 Latrines 20 ft x 8 ft
1 Latrine 10 ft x 8 ft
1 Administration building 63 ft x 20 ft
1 Post Exchange 36 ft x 20 ft
1 Recreation building 63 ft x 20 ft
1 Dispensary building 45 ft x 20 ft
1 Storage building 63 ft x 20 ft
Area H Headquarters 1 Kitchen 72 ft x 20 ft
2 Kitchens 54 ft x 20 ft C Series
2 Kitchens 54 ft x 20 ft B Series
6 Bathhouses 36 ft 6 ins x 13 ft
4 Bathhouses 18 ft 6 in x 13 ft
6 Latrines 20 ft x 8 ft
4 Latrines 10 ft x 8 ft
1 Divisional Administration building 126 ft x 20 ft
1 Administration building 63 ft x 20 ft
1 Post Exchange building 45 ft x 20 ft
1 Post Exchange building  36 ft x 20 ft
1 Recreation building 63 ft x 20 ft
1 Dispensary building 45 ft x 20 ft
1 Storage building 63 ft x 20 ft
1 Storage building 81 ft x 20 ft
1 Storage building 90 ft x 20 ft
3 Senior Officers Hut 20 ft x 20 ft
Area I Engineer Battalion 4 Kitchens 54 ft x 20 ft
4 Bathhouses 36 ft 6 in x 13 ft
1 Bathhouse 18 ft 6 in x 13 ft
4 Latrines 20 ft x 8 ft
1 Latrine 10 ft x 8 ft
1 Administration building 63 ft x 20 ft
1 Post Exchange 36 ft x 20 ft
1 Recreation building 63 ft x 20 ft
1 Dispensary building 45 ft x 20 ft
1 Storage building 63 ft x 20 ft
Area J Ordnance 1 Kitchen 54 ft x 20 ft
1 Bathhouse 36 ft 6 in x 13 ft
1 Bathhouse 18 ft 6 in x 15 ft
1 Latrine 20 ft x 8 ft
1 Latrine 10 ft x 8 ft
1 Administration building 63 ft x 20 ft
1 Recreation building 63 ft x 20 ft
1 Storage building 162 ft x 47 ft
Area K Quartermaster 1 Kitchen 54 ft x 20 ft
1 Bathhouse 36 ft 6 in x 13 ft
1 Bathhouse 18 ft 6 in x 13 ft
1 Latrine 20 ft x 10 ft
1 Latrine 10 ft x 8 ft
1 Administration building 63 ft x 20 ft
1 Recreation building 63 ft x 20 ft
1 Storage building 63 ft x 20 ft
Area L Airfield area 2 Landing Strips
Ammunition Dump Area Ammo Dumps 2 buildings 10 ft x 10 ft
1 Building17 ft x 9 ft
1 Building 14 ft x 13 ft
3 Buildings 35 ft x 20 ft
2 Buildings 21 ft x 8 ft
1 Building 30 ft x 15 ft building
2 Buildings 63 ft x 20 ft
1 Lean-to 30 ft x 30 ft
1 Lean-to 24 ft x 24 ft
1 Lean-to 24 ft x 20 ft
410 Siding Warehouses 8 warehouses 108 ft x 20 ft ("C" Series Portable Hut)

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I'd like to thank Peter Landis and Ernie Cox for their assistance with this web page.

 

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