2nd / 3rd Machine Gun BattalionPrint Page
A Plaque commemorates those who served with the 2nd / 3rd Machine Gun Battalion during World War Two.
Members of the 2/3rd battalion were captured by the Japanese in Java in 1942. Those who had survived the fighting spent the rest of the war as prisoners. For the next three years they were used for labour, most of them working on the infamous Thai-Burma Railway or languishing in prison camps. One-hundred-and-thirty-nine men from the 2/3rd died while prisoners.
|Address:||Kennedy Highway, Rocky Creek Memorial Park, Rocky Creek, 4882|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -17.182329|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||03-September-1939|
|Actual Event End Date:||15-August-1945|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Sunday 13th August, 2000|
2/3rd AUSTRALIAN MACHINE
SERVED IN PALESTINE, LEBANON AND SYRIA
710 OFFICERS AND MEN TAKEN PRISONER OF WAR IN JAVA
ON 8TH MARCH 1942
REMAINDER OF BATTALION REINFORCED IN AUSTRALIA
UNDER THE COMMAND OF LT. COL.R.R. GORDON
UNIT SERVED IN NEW GUINEA, MERAUKE, AITAPE