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Rabaul Fortess Garrson Inscription Plaque : 2007
Rabaul Fortess Garrson Inscription Plaque : 2007

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Memorial erected in memory of the Rabaul Garrison who made the supreme sacrifice in 1942 during World War Two.

In 1941 a small Australian Army garrison of approximately 1,400 personnel was sent to Rabaul, New Britain to garrison the outpost, protect its airfields and seaplane anchorages and act as a link in a chain of observation posts across the northern frontiers. An advance party of 8 officers and 33 other ranks arrived in Rabaul on the 16th March 1941 on board the Neptuna. The small Australian garrison at Rabaul was overwhelmed by the Japanese on January 23, 1942. The invasion led to a futile attempt to ward off the 20,000 Japanese invasion force, only 400 out of an Australian garrison of 1400 escaped.

Location

Address:Queens Walk , Cornelian Bay War Cemetery, New Town, 7008
State:TAS
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -42.8524
Long: 147.31907
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:Thursday 1st July, 1948
Front Inscription

IN MEMORY OF
THE RABAUL GARRISON
WHO MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE
IN 1942
"THEY SHALL GROW NOT OLD "
(NAMES)

ERECTED BY THE
RABAUL FORTRESS RELATIVES
ASSOCIATION
1
-7-48.

 

Source: MA
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