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A monument commemorates the most highly decorated Australian infantry battalion of World War One. The plaque mounted on the granite pedestal records the ten major battle areas in which the 1/16th. served, from Gallipoli in 1915 to the Hindenburg Line in 1918.
The 16th Battalion Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) was raised at Blackboy Hill Camp, Western Australia on the 16th September 1914, forming part of the 4th Infantry Brigade of Australia`s newly raised force for overseas service. The Battalion consisted of men from South Australia and Western Australia. The 4th Infantry Brigade became part of the Australian and New Zealand Division and carried out months of strenuous training in the Egyptian desert around Heliopolis camp.
The Battalion was landed late on 25 April at Gallipoli and reinforced the line at Pope`s Hill. It landed with a strength of about 1000 men, but by dawn on the 3rd May, after an attack on `Baby 700`, it numbered 309. The Battlion saw further action at Quinn`s Post, and in the area towards Suvla, including the unsuccessful attack on hill 971.
Three Victoria Crosses were among the 322 bravery awards made during various World War One campaigns.
|Address:||Fraser Avenue , Kings Park & Botanic Garden , Kings Park , 6005|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -31.960359|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||04-August-1914|
|Actual Event End Date:||28-June-1919|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Sunday 14th September, 2003|
16th Battalion, 1st A.I.F.
ANZAC Cove 1915
Sari Bar 1915
Polygon Wood 1917
Hindenburg Line 1918
In memory of those who served the 16th.Battalion during the Great War
This monument was unveiled in Sunday 14th September 2003 by His Excellency Lieutenant General John Sanderson AC Governor of Western Australia
And consecrated by Captain M. F. Flalkowski R.W.A.R. Chaplain of the 16th Battalion
In memory of troops who served in the Western Australian Battalions bearing the numeral "16"