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A monument commemorates the 2nd / 24th Battalion which served in World War Two.


Address:Wangaratta Road & Mason Street, Cemetery, Wangaratta, 3677
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.357778
Long: 146.314167
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event STart Date:03-September-1939
Actual Event End Date:15-August-1945


Front Inscription

2/24 Infantry Battalion
( I hold fast )

26th Brigade, 7th Division, later to 9th Division, 2nd A.I.F.

1st July 1940.  Formed in showgrounds at Wangaratta, Victoria.
28 September 1940.  Marched to Bonegilla after presentation of "Wangaratta`s Own" pennant by Cr. T. J. Nolan, Mayor of Wangaratta.
16 November 1940.  Sailed for the Middle East on troopship, R.M.S. `Strathmore`.
16 December 1940.  Arrived Dimra Camp in Palestine.
10 March 1941.  North Africa, Tocra, near Benghazi in Libya.  Transferred to 9th Division.
4 April 1941.  Withdrawal to Tobruk.
10 April 1941.  Siege commenced.
20 October 1941.  Relieved from Tobruk by sea to Palestine and Syria.
June 1942.  Joined 8th army at El Alamein in Egypt, for the July-October battles of Tel El Eisa and El Alamein.
November 1942.  Palestine to regroup and return to Australia.  New T Shape colour patch for 9 Division issued replacing our white over red over grey diamon for a purple over blue over grey, T shaped colour patch.
March 1943.  Australia for jungle and amphibious training.
2 August 1943.  Sailed to New Guinea for landings and operations at Lae/Nadzab, Finschafen, Sattleberg, Wareo.
25 February 1944.  Returned to Australia for leave and further jungle and amphibious training.
9 April 1945.  Sailed to Morotai.
1 May 1945.  Laned at Tarakan, Borneo.
December 1945.  Battalion returned to Australia.
Janaury 1946.  Battalion was disbanded.

3418 all ranks served with the Battalion.
374 were killed in action, 822 wounded in action, 269 taken prisoners of war.
100 were recipients of decorations and awards.

Battle honours

North Africa 1941 - 1942
Defence of Tobruk
The Salient
Defence of Alamein Line
Tel El Eisa   El Alamein
South West Pacific 1943 - 1945
Lae  Nadzab  Busu River
Finschafen  Sattleberg  Wareo

Liberation of Australian New Guinea
Wareo  Lakone  Borneo Tarakan

Lest We Forget

Source: MA,
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