Assyrian Levies Memorial PlaquePrint Page
Plaque is in honour of Victorian Lieutenant-General Sir Stanley George Savige and Captain Robert Kenneth Nicol from New Zealand, who helped Assyrian refugees escape the conflict during World War Two and commemorates Assyrian veterans from both world wars.
In both the Second World War and the First World War Assyrian troops fought alongside Australian troops. Following the Second World War the British, in admiration of the Assyrians` fighting skills, created what has become known in military history as the Assyrian Levies. In the years leading up to the Second World War, the Assyrian Levies played a significant role as part of British forces in maintaining peace in the Mesopotamia region.
In World War Two they served as parachutists attached to the Royal Marine Commandos, and in their own Assyrian Levies formations saw active service in Italy, Albania, Greece, Cyprus, Lebanon and Palestine. History acknowledges that they significantly assisted in defeating the Axis Powers domination of the Middle East.
|Address:||Honour Avenue, Fairfield, 2165|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -33.876421|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Saturday 31st October, 2009|