THREE men who fought in 25th Battalion have watched proudly as a new monument commemorating their time at war was unveiled.

The Milne Bay Military Museum unveiled the monument today and it is the first Second World War digger monument in Toowoomba.

Museum president Marian Jones said it was "something that needed to be done" and was a memorial that honoured the soldiers who fought at Milne Bay, Bougainville in the Pacific.

"It was very important to Bert Miles, Richard McKenna and David Newton (who fought in the 25th Battalion). They all fought at Milne Bay in 1942. Richard and Bert were mates, they were mortarmen," she said.

"If it wasn't for the 25th Battalion winning the battle at Milne Bay we probably wouldn't be here today."

The memorial was almost seven years in the making and was made possible through a donation from Milne Bay soldier, the late Errol Jorgensen, a grant from the infrastructure investment Stronger Communities Program and donations from other families.


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