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2/31st Battalion : 24-October-2011
2/31st Battalion : 24-October-2011
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The plaque commemorates the members of the 2nd / 31st Infantry Battalion that died in service or were killed in action during World War Two.

The Battalion was raised in June 1940 and was assigned to the 25th Brigade, 7th Division. It initially served in the United Kingdom where it undertook defensive duties before being moved to the Middle East in 1941. After taking part in the fighting in Syria and Lebanon, the battalion undertook garrison duties around Tripoli before being transferred back to Australia in 1942.

In late 1942 the battalion was sent to New Guinea to fight against the Japanese along the Kokoda Track. They subsequently fought a number of battles throughout 1942, 1943 and early 1944. Their last campaign came in mid-1945 when they landed on Borneo. After the war the battalion was disbanded in March 1946.


Address:Birdwood Avenue , Shrine Reserve, Melbourne, 3000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.830139
Long: 144.973276
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Approx. Event Start Date:June-1940
Actual Event End Date:15-August-1945


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2 / 31st Australian Infantry Battalion

25 Brigade - 7 Division AIF

In proud remembrance of the Officers, NCOs and men who died whilst on active service in the Middle East, New Guinea and Borneo, during World War II

1939 – 1945

Lest We Forget                                           

Source: MA,SKP
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