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28-October-2014
28-October-2014

Photographs supplied by Sandra Brown

A sculpture pays tribute to Private Wally Johnson of Moe who was wounded in the Battle of Salamoa in New Guinea during World war Two. The sculpture is modeled on one of the iconic images of the Second World taken by Australian war photographer Damien Parer.

During the advance on Salamaua, in Papua New Guinea, Sergeant Gordon Ayre MM, a 58/59th Battalion bandsman from Shepparton, Victoria, in pouring rain assists a wounded mate, Private Wally Johnson, of the same unit, across Franscisco Creek to an advanced regimental aid post. Johnson had been wounded by a Japanese grenade on the 13th July 1943 during an attack on the "coconuts" area. Sergeant Ayre was awarded the military medal for his performance during this action.

Location

Address:63-67 Albert Street, Foyer, Moe RSL , Moe, 3825
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -38.174885
Long: 146.262679
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Military

Dedication

Front Inscription

THIS TRIBUTE TO Pvt. WALLY JOHNSON OF MOE,
WOUNDED AT THE BATTLE FOR SALAMOA IN NEW GUINEA DURING WORLD WAR 2,
TYPIFIES THE COURAGE AND SACRIFICE OF ALL AUSTRALIANS WHO HAVE SERVED THEIR COUNTRY IN TIME OF WAR AND CONFLICT.

Source: MA
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