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30-June-2019
30-June-2019

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The plaque commemorates the 50th anniversary service of the invasion of Sicily during World War Two and is in memory of the officers and crews of the Australian ships which took part in the invasion. 

The memorial service was held in ANZAC Reserve on the 10th July 1993. 

Following on from the defeat of the Afrika Corps in northern Africa the Allies commenced planning for the liberation of Sicily. An amphibious invasion to be code-named Operation HUSKY. 

Present in the estimated 3,000 ship invasion force were HMA Gawler, Lismore, Maryborough, Ipswich, Cessnock, Geraldton, Cairns and Wollongong. Whilst these ships may have appeared insignificant in an order of battle that boasted six battleships, two aircraft carriers, 18 cruisers and over 100 destroyers their roles were vital ones. The corvettes had arrived in the Mediterranean in May and on 26 May Gawler, Ipswich, Lismore and Maryborough were formed into the 21st Minesweeping Flotilla at Alexandria. The remaining four corvettes were formed into the 22nd Minesweeping Flotilla.

Location

Address:Wollombi & Narone Creek Roads , ANZAC Reserve, Wollombi, 2325
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -32.933564
Long: 151.149444
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW2
Approx. Event Start Date:1943
Approx. Event End Date:1993

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 10th July, 1993
Front Inscription

SICILY INVASION 50TH ANNIVERSARY SERVICE
                           1943 ~ 1993
ANZAC RESERVE, WOLLOMBI, 10TH JULY, 1993
MEMORIAL TO OFFICERS AND CREWS 

21st FLOTILLA                     22nd FLOTILLA
                     H.M.A.S. SHIPS
GAWLER                              GERALDTON
IPSWICH                              CESSNOCK
LISMORE                             CAIRNS
MARYBOROUGH                WOLLONGONG

Convenor: Lt.T.G. Inglis R.A.N.V.R. (Retd)
Joint Project: Wollombi Tidy Valleys
                      Cessnock City Council




 

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