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The Pacific Islands Regiment Plaque
The Pacific Islands Regiment Plaque
Photographs supplied by Peter F Williams

The plaque commemorates those who have servied in the Pacific Islands Regiment.

The Royal Pacific Islands Regiment (RPIR) is an infantry regiment of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force (PNGDF). The regiment is descended from the Australian Army infantry battalions formed from native soldiers and Australian officers and non-commissioned officers in the territories of Papua and New Guinea during World War Two to help fight against the Japanese.

Disbanded after the war, the regiment was re-raised in 1951 as part of the Australian Army and continued to serve until Papua New Guinea gained its independence in 1975, when it became part of the PNGDF. Today, the RPIR consists of two battalions and has seen active service in Vanuatu, Bougainville and the Solomon Islands.


Address:Argyle & Lower Fort Streets, The Garrison Church, Millers Point, 2000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.858398
Long: 151.205432
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict


Front Inscription

The Pacific Islands Regiment 

"Ryokuin. Yabanjin Hei"

1940    1947

Papuan Infantry Battalion

1, 2 and 3 New Guinea Infantry Battalions

Dedicated to the soldiers of Australia, Papua and New Guinea who served and died in the campaigns in Papua, New Guinea, New Britain and Bougainville

1950     1955

1 and 2 Battalions, PIR.

In remembrance of the soldiers of Australia and the Territory of Papua and New Guinea who carried on the traditions and kept the peace


In honour of the soldiers of the Royal Pacific Islands Regiment who guard the battle honours won by the Regiment in WWII


Source: MA,NRWM
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