2nd / 3rd Australian Machine Gun BattalionPrint Page
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|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||03-September-1939|
|Actual Event End Date:||15-August-1945|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Sunday 5th March, 2000|
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
Unveiled by Lieutenant H. M. Weir
5th March 2000