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The marble tablet commemorates the members of the 35th Infantry Battalion who died in service or were killed in action during World War One. 

The 35th Battalion was formed in December 1915 in Newcastle, New South Wales. The bulk of the battalion's recruits were drawn from the Newcastle region and thus it was dubbed "Newcastle's Own". Reflecting the demographics of the area, there were a high proportion of miners among the battalion's original members.

The 35th Battalion became part of the 9th Brigade of the 3rd Australian Division. The battalion had to wait until the emphasis of British and Dominion operations switched to the Ypres Sector of Belgium in mid-1917 to take part in its first major battle; this was the battle of Messines, launched on 7 June. The 35th's next major battle was around Passchendaele on 12 October. The battle was a disaster for the 35th; 508 men crossed the start line but only 90 remained unwounded at the end.

When the German Army launched its last great offensive in the spring of 1918, the battalion was part of the force deployed to defend the approaches to Amiens around Villers-Bretonneux. It took part in a counter-attack at Hangard Wood on 30 March, and helped to defeat a major drive on Villers- Bretonneux on 4 April. The desperate nature of the fighting at this time is revealed by the fact that the 35th Battalion suffered nearly 70 per cent casualties during these operations.

Later in 1918, the 35th also played a role in the Allies' own offensive. It took part in the battle of Amiens on 8 August; fought several small battles during the rapid advance that followed; and at the end of September provided reserves for the joint Australian-American operation that breached the Hindenburg Line, thus sealing Germany's defeat. The 35th Battalion disbanded in March 1919.


Address:175 Scott Street, Newcastle Diggers Club, Newcastle, 2300
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -32.926436
Long: 151.780771
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:04-August-1914
Actual Event End Date:28-June-1919


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 3rd May, 1924
Front Inscription

    Australian Commonwealth 
       Military Forces

   In Glorious Memory
Of The Brave Lads Of
The 35th Battalion A I F
Who At The Call Of Duty
Laid Down Their Lives
For Their Country
In The Great War 1914 - 18


Messines                     Accroche-Wood
Passchendaele           Bray-Sur-Somme
Villers-Bretonneux      Curlu
Morlancourt                 Hindenberg Line

     Erected By
Their Comrades

Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au