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16-November-2014
16-November-2014

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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.

Location

Address:King William Road & Victoria Drive, Pathway of Honour, Adelaide, 5000
State:SA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.918871
Long: 138.600541
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

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

Dedication

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 prisioner 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
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