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A cycling and walking track commemorates Captain John McNamara who was killed in action in New Guinea in December 1943 during World War Two.   He was awarded the Military Cross during World War Two.

A decorated soldier killed in action in World War II has had a cycling—walking track at Yarrawonga named in his honour.  A memorial service was held in December, at the start of the new walk, for Captain John McNamara MC who died aged 34 when he and eight others in the 2/24th Battalion were ambushed by the Japanese near Lae in New Guinea in 1943.

The Yarrawonga stock and station agent had earned the Military Cross in 1942, and the whole town closed in respect upon hearing of his death. It was said “He was the most popular person in Yarrawonga, because of his personality, charisma, presence and good looks”.

[Border Mail, December 2, 2013]


Address:Sharp Street & South Road, Yarrawonga, 3370
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.026048
Long: 146.000226
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Pathway
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event STart Date:08-December-1943
Actual Event End Date:08-December-1943


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:December-2013
Front Inscription

Captain John McNamara MC

Memorial Cycling & Walking Track

Killed in action in New Guinea
8th December 1943 aged 34 years
Buried Lae War Cemetery

`A tribute to the memory of a gallant
officer and comrade`. 
Lt. Col. C. G. Weir


Source: MA
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