History behind the Victor Denton Memorial at Nobby
THE Victor Denton Memorial located at Nobby cemetery is the first known World War I monument erected in Queensland.
Paying tribute to local man Victor Denton, the monument is unique among such structures in that it was funded by the local community, perhaps reflecting the collective grief of losing one of their own.
Denton was a 20-year-old stockman whose riding skills and horsemanship were in great demand by army recruiters.
Among the early waves of Australians to see action in the Great War, he served as part of the 2nd Australian Light Horse Regiment before losing his life to "wounds" in the Dardanelles on the Gallipoli Peninsula on 31 May, 1915.
The broken column design of the monument represents the notion of a life cut short and is the craftsmanship of Bruce Brothers masons of Toowoomba. Located in the Denton family plot next to the graves of his parents, Victor's memorial was unveiled during the famous March of the Dungarees - ironically, a recruiting march.