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06-November-2017
06-November-2017

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A tree commemorates those who served with the 2nd / 24th Infantry Battalion during World War Two.

Victoria's 2nd / 24th Infantry Battalion was raised in Wangaratta in July 1940. It was part of the 26th Brigade, with the 2nd / 23rd and 2nd / 48th Battalions. The brigade was initially part of the 7th Division but in early 1941 became part of the 9th Division. The 2nd / 24th trained at Bonegilla before sailing for the Middle East in November 1940. 

The 2nd / 24th entered Tobruk on 10 April 1941 and helped defend the "fortress" for the next eight months. The 2nd / 24th saw extensive service at Tobruk, manning the Red Line at a number of different locations and participating in the bitter fighting in the Salient. The Red Line was Tobruk's outer line of defence and consisted of a series of concrete pillboxes forming a semi-circle around the town. In October the majority of the 9th Division, except the 2nd / 13th Infantry Battalion, was evacuated by sea. The 2nd / 24th was evacuated on the night of 20 October, sailing to Alexandria. The division was transferred to Palestine and Syria for rest and garrison duties. 

Location

Address:Tone & Greta Roads, One Mile Creek Bike Path, Wangaratta, 3677
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.359799
Long: 146.314511
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Tree
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW2
Actual Event Start Date:03-September-1939
Actual Event End Date:15-August-1945

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 18th October, 1992
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Plaque :

Planted on 18. 10. 1992 as a memorial to members of "Wangaratta`s Own" 2/24th Australian Infantry Battalion and the citizens who so warmly fostered the Battalion here during its formation in 1940.

Alan MacFarlane         President   Battalion Association
Cr. Kevin T. Gleeson    Mayor       City of Wangaratta

Source: MA
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