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14-April-2014
14-April-2014

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A monument commemorates the servicemen of 2nd / 16th Australian Infantry Battalion who served in Syria, New Guinea and Borneo in World War Two. 

The 2/16th Battalion was an infantry battalion of the Australian Army, serving during World War Two. Attached to the 21st Brigade of the 7th Division, it was formed in 1940 and saw action against Vichy French forces in Syria and Lebanon and the Japanese in New Guinea. 

The 2/16th Battalion was formed in Perth, Western Australia on 20 April 1940. Many of the battalion's early recruits were from the Goldfields of Western Australia. The battalion had basic training at Northam Army Camp before embarking for Egypt in October 1940.

Location

Address:Fraser Avenue, Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Kings Park , 6005
State:WA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -31.960278
Long: 115.844444
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 29th March, 1981
Front Inscription

Plaque 1 :

2/16 Australian Infantry Battalion A.I.F.

This memorial is dedicated to the memory of those men of the 2 /16 Australian Infantry Battalion A.I.F. who gave their lives in service to King and Country during and since the World War 1939 - 1945

Remember them with pride
Lest We Forget

Plaque 2 :

2/16 Australian Infantry Battalion A.I.F.

This memorial was unveiled on 29th March 1981 by the Honourable Sir Charles Court, K.C.M.G., O.B.E., M.L.A. Premier of Western Australia

Consecrated by the Very Reverend Monsignore C. W. Cunningham M.B.E. a former chaplain of the Battallion

In memory of departed comrades

Left Side Inscription

2/16 Australian Infantry Battalion A.I.F.

Battle Honours

Syria
Litani RIver
Sidon
Wadi Zeini
Damour

 

Back Inscription

2/16 Australian Infantry Battalion A.I.F.

Battle Honours

Borneo
Balikpapan

Plaque :

2/16 Australian Infantry Battalion A.I.F.

Time Capsule

To be opened on the centenary of the formation of the Battalion
16th May 2040

Stored at the Army Museum of W.A.

 

Right Side Inscription

2/16 Australian Infantry Battalion A.I.F.

Battle Honours

Syria

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