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A monument commemorates the unit which was formed in South Australia under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel A.S. Blackburn V.C.  

After serving in the successful campaign in Syria in mid-1941 they were captured in Java and made Prisoners of War by the Japanese in early 1942 during World War Two.


Address:King William Road & Victoria Drive, Pathway of Honour, Adelaide, 5000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.918871
Long: 138.600541
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


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 5th March, 2000
Front Inscription

2 / 3rd Australian Machine Gun Battalion
Formed On the 17th June 1940 At Wayville
Under The Command Of Lt. Col. A. S. Blackburn V. C.
Embarked From Woodside On The 8th April 1941 For The Middle East
Served In Palestine, Lebanon & Syria
710 Officers & Men Taken Prisoner Of War In Java
On The 8th March 1942
Remainder Of Battalion Reinforced In Australia
Under The Command Of Lt. Col. R. R. Gordon 
Unit Then Served In New Guinea, Merauke, Aitape & Wewak
Lest We Forget
Kindly Supported By Dept of Veteran Affairs

Plaque :

Unveiled By
Lieutenant H. M. Weir
5th March 2000


Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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