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16-November-2014
16-November-2014
Photographs supplied by Bryan Cole

A plaque commemorates those from the 2/7th Battalion who served in World War Two.

The 2/7th Battalion was an infantry battalion of the Australian Army. Raised on 25 October 1939 at Puckapunyal, Victoria, it was raised as part of the Second Australian Imperial Force for service during the Second World War. Attached to the 17th Brigade, 6th Division the 2/7th fought in Egypt, Libya, Greece and Crete during 1940–41 before returning to Australia to fight the Japanese in New Guinea in 1943–45.

After the end of the war, the battalion embarked to return to Australia on 18 December 1945 and disbanded at Puckapunyal in February 1946. For most of the war, the battalion's commanding officer was Colonel Henry Guinn, who led the 2/7th from its escape from Greece to the Pacific theatre. During the war the battalion suffered 699 casualties, of which 226 were killed.

Location

Address:King William Road , Pathway of Honour, Adelaide, 5000
State:SA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.918871
Long: 138.599958
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW2
Actual Event STart Date:03-September-1939
Actual Event End Date:15-August-1945
Link:http://www.dva.gov.au/consultation-…

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 16th October, 2015
Approx. Monument Dedication Date:2014
Front Inscription

2 / 7th Australian Infantry Battalion 
6th Division AIF
1939 - 1945

North Africa 1940-41,  Greece-Crete 1941,
Middle East 1940 - 41, Ceylon 1942, Wau-Salamaua 1943,
Aitape-Wewak 1944-45, New Guinea 1942 - 45

Dedicated to the memory of 216 comrades who died on active service, and to all who served in our Battalion.

Lest We Forget

Dedicated on the 75th anniversary of the Battalion October 16th 2015

Source: MA,DVA
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