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24-October-2014
24-October-2014
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A Plaque honours those who fought and died while serving with the 49th Australian Infantry Battalion during World War Two.

The 49th Battalion was deployed to Papua during World War Two and was initially tasked to defend Port Moresby. During the Battle of Sanananda in December 1942, as part of the 30th Brigade, the battalion was committed to a costly frontal attack in an effort to breakthrough to an American unit that was cut off, but suffered heavy casualties and was subsequently disbanded in July 1943.  It suffered 97 killed, and 111 wounded, most of which came in a single five-hour period during the attack on Sanananda.

Location

Address:Kennedy Highway, Rocky Creek Memorial Park, Rocky Creek, 4882
State:QLD
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -17.1825
Long: 145.455278
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW2
Actual Event STart Date:03-September-1939
Actual Event End Date:15-August-1945
Link:http://www.rockycreek.com.au

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 17th August, 2003
Front Inscription
     49TH AUSTRALIAN
    INFANTRY BATTALION
      "Semper Fidelis"
      (Always Faithful)
Sananada, Buna, Gona
   South-West Pacific

To honour the memory of those
who fought and died in one of
Australia's bloodiest campaigns
   during World War Two

     LEST WE FORGET
Erected by the 49th Battalion Association Inc.


 
Source: RCMP, MA
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