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A native garden commemorates Frank Partridge who was awarded the Victoria Cross (V.C.) lived on a farm near Macksville. Within the garden is a local sandstone rock to which is attached a brass plaque. Adjacent is a sign which records the history of Private Partridge's being awarded the Victoria Cross.
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:||Partridge & Cooper Streets, Memorial Park, Macksville, 2447|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -30.708735|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||24-July-1945|
|Actual Event End Date:||24-July-1945|
|Approx. Monument Dedication Date:||1965|