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Commemorates the "Lark Force" of the 2nd / 22nd Battalion and attached units that served at Rabual, in New Guinea during World War Two
|Address:||300 Waterdale Road, Repatriation Hospital, Heidelberg, 3081|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -37.755725|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||03-September-1939|
|Actual Event End Date:||15-August-1945|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Monday 11th November, 2002|
In memory of the officers and men of the 2/22nd Battalion A.I.F. and attached units of "lark Force"
On January 1942, this small unsupported garrison at Rabaul, New Britain , was overwhelmed by a huge Japanese invasion force.
In the succeeding months, some escaped to an Allied base, 160 were massacred at Tol Plantation and Gasmata ; many became prisoners of war. All other ranks who were captured, together with civilains taken into custody, were shipped out of Rabaul on the "Montevideo Maru".
An allied submarine sank this unmarked Japanese prison ship in July 1942. There were no survivors.
Lest We Forget
Unveiled on 11 November 2002