Northern Peninsula Area Light Infantry Memorial Print Page
Northern Peninsula Area Light Infantry Memorial commemorates indigenous men from the Torres Strait Area who served in World War Two.
In 1941 the Torres Strait Light Infantry Battalion was formed to defend the strategically-important Torres Strait area. Other Islander units were also created, especially for water transport and as coastal artillery. The battalion never had the chance to engage the enemy but some were sent on patrol into Japanese-controlled Dutch New Guinea.
By 1944 almost every able-bodied male Torres Strait Islander had enlisted. However, they never received the same rates of pay or conditions as White soldiers. At first their pay was one-third that of regular soldiers. After a two-day "mutiny" in December 1943 this was raised to two-thirds.
In proportion to population, no community in Australia contributed more to the war effort in the Second World War than the Islanders of the Torres Strait.
|Address:||Adidi Street, Bamaga, 4876|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -10.886643|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
This Plaque is dedicated to the Servicemen of the Northern Peninsula Area Light Infantry Battalion who served in WW11, 1939 - 1945
Lest We Forget