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The military museum commemorates Frank Partridge who was awarded the Victoria Cross (V.C.) in World War Two.

On 24 July 1945 at Bonis Peninsula, Bougainville (now Papua New Guinea) during an engagement with the enemy, Frank Partridge’s section came under particularly heavy fire and he was hit twice, in the left arm and the left thigh. Despite his wounds, and disregarding the heavy fire, he retrieved a Bren gun from a dead gunner and passed it on to another man and told him to give covering fire.

He then rushed the enemy bunker, silenced it with a grenade, and killed the only living occupant with his knife. He cleared the dead from the entrance to the bunker and rushed another bunker but loss of blood caused him to halt and call for aid. His platoon moved forward but overwhelming enemy fire caused it to withdraw. His award was the first made to a militiaman.


Address:29 High Street, Frank Partridge VC Military Museum , Bowraville, 2449
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -30.645961
Long: 152.853122
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Structure
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event STart Date:24-July-1945
Actual Event End Date:24-July-1945
Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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