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02-April-2011
02-April-2011

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The plaque commemorates those who served in the 2nd / 20th Australian Infantry Battalion during World War Two. The plaque location is indicated by a red poppy in the second image. 

The 2/20th Battalion was an infantry battalion of the Australian Army. Raised in mid-1940 as part of the 8th Division, the battalion was recruited from Second Australian Imperial Force volunteers drawn from the state of New South Wales. In early 1941, the 2/20th Battalion deployed to Malaya, where they formed part of the garrison there until December when the Japanese invaded. The battalion subsequently fought a brief campaign along the east coast of the Malay Peninsula before being withdrawn back to Singapore in early 1942. They were heavily engaged after the Japanese landed on the island, and were eventually captured following the Fall of Singapore.  Most members of the battalion became prisoners of war, and a large number died in captivity.

 

Location

Address:Fairbairn & Limestone Avenues, Behind Captain Reg Saunders Courtyard, Australian War Memorial, Campbell, 2612
State:ACT
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.280105
Long: 149.148335
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

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 30th November, 2007
Front Inscription

2 / 20th AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BATTALION
                8th Division, AIF

          Mersing  Endau  Malaya  
        Kranji     Singapore Island

To All Those Who Served In The Battalion And To Their
Comrades Who Died In Action Or As Prisoners Of War.
Their Sacrifice Will Be Remembered.

               Lest We Forget

 

Source: MA
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