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02-August-2015
02-August-2015

Photographs supplied by Diane Watson / Peter F Williams

A monument commemorates the Western Australian members of Z Special Unit which served in World War Two..

Z Special Unit (also known as Special Operations Executive (SOE), Special Operations Australia (SOA) or the Services Reconnaissance Department (SRD)) was a joint Allied special forces unit formed during the Second World War to operate behind Japanese lines in South East Asia. Predominantly Australian, Z Special Unit was a specialist reconnaissance and sabotage unit that included British, Dutch, New Zealand, Timorese and Indonesian members, predominantly operating on Borneo and the islands of the former Netherlands East Indies.

The unit carried out a total of 81 covert operations in the South West Pacific theatre, with parties inserted by parachute or submarine to provide intelligence and conduct guerrilla warfare. The best known of these missions were Operation Jaywick and Operation Rimau, both of which involved raids on Japanese shipping in Singapore Harbour; the latter of which resulted in the deaths of twenty-three commandos either in action or by execution after capture.

Location

Address:Hamersley & Weld Streets, Bedford Memorial Park, Broome, 6725
State:WA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -17.962951
Long: 122.238539
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

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

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 16th September, 2007
Front Inscription

Memorial Erected By Honouring Indigenous War Graves Inc.Who Recognise The Sacrifices Of All Veterans Made Possible From Donation By Russlan Zuks Supported By Broome Shire Council And Broome RSL Sub Branch

Plaque :
Z SPECIAL UNIT
WA MEMBERS

Executed
[ Names ]

K.I.A
[ Names ]

M.I.A
[ Names ]

Died P.O.W.
[ Name ]                   

Lower Plaque :

RETURNED PERSONNEL
[ Names ]
                                       

Source: MA
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