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A monument erected in memory of Sergeant Reginald Rattey who was awarded the Victoria Cross during World War Two. 

Rattey was a corporal in the 25th Battalion, a Militia unit in the Australian Army during the Second World War when he was awarded the Victoria Cross (V.C.).  The battalion was part of Australian II Corps, during the Bougainville campaign.

On 22 March 1945, during the Battle of Slater's Knoll, an attack by a company of Australian infantry on a strongly held Japanese position on the main road to Buin was met by extremely heavy fire. Corporal Rattey, realizing that any advance would be halted by this fire and heavy casualties inflicted, dashed forward firing his Bren gun from the hip and completely neutralised the enemy fire from three forward bunkers. Then, having silenced a bunker with one grenade, he fetched two more with which he silenced the other two bunkers. The company was then able to continue its advance. Later Corporal Rattey captured another machine-gun and 2,000 rounds of ammunition. He later achieved the rank of sergeant.


Address:Reg Rattey Drive (Newell Highway) & Mid Western Highway, Lions Park , West Wyalong, 2671
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.922759
Long: 147.200014
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event STart Date:22-March-1945
Actual Event End Date:22-March-1945


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Wednesday 11th November, 1992
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1918                                                   1986

This Memorial Commemorates The Memory Of
Sgt. R.R. Rattey 25th A.I.B.
Who Was Awarded The Victoria Cross For His
Dauntless Courage In The Face Of The Enemy At
Bougainville Island on 22 March 1945

Erected By The West Wyalong RSL Sub-Branch - 1992.
-  Lest We Forget - 

A.V.Haub Secretary
W.G. Wyse Treasurer
C.S. Patten President.

This Memorial Was
    Unveiled On
By Reg Rattey`s
Son Robert
Who Was Assisted
His Son Clinton.

Source: NRWM, MA
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