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14-April-2014
14-April-2014
Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders

A plaque commemorates the 2nd / 4th Machine Gun Battalion which served in World War Two.

Western Australia’s 2/4th Machine Gun Battalion was raised at the end of 1940 as one of the support units. The machine-gunners suffered heavily during the fall of Singapore in 1942.  Between 8 and 15 February the 2/4th had 137 men killed or missing, 106 men wounded, and 24 described as having “shell shock”. These casualties constituted almost one-third of the battalion. Worse was to follow, with the battalion held in Japanese prisoner of war camps for the next three and a half years.

Following the surrender, the 2/4th was concentrated in Changi goal. From Changi the Japanese took drafts of men to work throughout their Greater South East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere. Some of the battalion were sent to Borneo, while others worked on the Burma-Thai Railway or in Japan. By the war’s end, another 263 men from the battalion had died as prisoners. for the ill-fated 8th Division. 

Location

Address:May Drive & Saw Avenue, POW Memorial, Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Kings Park , 6005
State:WA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -31.96216
Long: 115.825261
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW2

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:2010
Front Inscription

2/4th AUSTRALIAN MACHINE GUN BATTALION
8TH DIVISION, AIF
1940 - 1945

Dedicated to the memory of all members of the 2/4th Machine Gun Battalion and to those who paid the supreme sacrifice.
MALAY SINGAPORE

Members of the unit also suffered and died as prisoners of war.
SINGAPORE BURMA-THAILAND RAILWAY
JAPAN BORNEO SOUTH EAST ASIA

LEST WE FORGET

Source: MA
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