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17-December-2016 (Sandra Brown)
17-December-2016 (Sandra Brown)

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The Memorial Wall commemorates those who served with the 2nd / 24th Infantry Battalion during World War Two. The memorial lists the names of those who lost their lives while serving with the battalion and individual plaques have been placed on the wall. 

Victoria's 2nd / 24th Infantry Battalion was raised in Wangaratta in July 1940. It was part of the 26th Brigade, with the 2nd / 23rd and 2nd / 48th Battalions. The brigade was initially part of the 7th Division but in early 1941 became part of the 9th Division. The 2nd / 24th trained at Bonegilla before sailing for the Middle East in November 1940. 

The 2nd / 24th entered Tobruk on 10 April 1941 and helped defend the "fortress" for the next eight months. The 2/24th saw extensive service at Tobruk, manning the Red Line at a number of different locations and participating in the bitter fighting in the Salient. The Red Line was Tobruk's outer line of defence and consisted of a series of concrete pillboxes forming a semi-circle around the town. In October the majority of the 9th Division, except the 2nd / 13th Infantry Battalion, was evacuated by sea. The 2nd / 24th was evacuated on the night of 20 October, sailing to Alexandria. The division was transferred to Palestine and Syria for rest and garrison duties. 

Location

Address:233 Tone Road, 2/24 Battalion Drive, Wangaratta Cemetery , Wangaratta, 3677
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.373679
Long: 146.293137
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Structure
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW2
Actual Event STart Date:03-September-1939
Actual Event End Date:15-August-1945

Dedication

Front Inscription

Lest We Forget

We Will Remember Them

I Hold Fast

The 2 / 24th Infantry Battalion
"Wangaratta's Own"
Memorial Wall

Fallen Comrades 1939 - 1945 
[ Names ]

Lest We Forget

Source: MA,RSLV
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