New Guinea Volunteer Rifles - Montevideo MaruPrint Page
Bronze plaque dedicated to the memory of members of the New Guinea Volunteer Rifles who perished aboard the Japanese Transport 'Montevideo Maru' en-route to Hainan Island, as Prisoners of War during World War Two.
|Address:||Ann Street, ANZAC Square, Shrine of Remembrance Crypt, Brisbane, 4000|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -27.466428|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||03-September-1939|
|Actual Event End Date:||15-August-1945|
|Approx. Monument Dedication Date:||1995|
NEW GUINEA VOLUNTEER RIFLES
1939 - 1945 WAR
RABAUL MADANG BULOLO
MUBO WAU LAE
SALAMAUA LOS NEGROS
This memorial commemorates those members of the new Guinea Volunteer Rifles who gave their lives for their country and whose final resting place is the hull of the Japanese Navy prison ship the "Montevideo Maru".
The sinking of the ship was one of Australia's greatest tragedies during the Pacific War with no survivors and the loss of 1036 Allied Personnel which included members of the New Guinea Volunteer Rifles from Lark Force.
The "Montevideo Maru" had four torpedoes fired at its stern by an allied submarine on the 1st July 1942 at 0230 hours off the Luzon coast in the Phillipines approximate position 18 degrees 37 °N 199 degrees 29 °E . The ship went down within 10 minutes, stern first.
The final resting place of the "Montevideo Maru " is known only to God.
Records of the members of the New Guinea Volunteer Rifles on the ill fated ship which sailed from Rabaul, Papua New Guinea enroute to Hainan Island in the South China Sea were lost during that period of hostilities and it is to the memory of these members that this memorial is dedicated in 1995. The Year of Remembrance.
THEY SERVED WITH HONOUR AND PRIDE
LEST WE FORGET