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The plaque, mounted on a plinth, commemorates the 2nd / 3rd Machine Gun Battalion which was formed in South Australia under the command of Lieutenant Colonel A. S. Blackburn V.C.  

After serving in the successful campaign in Syria in mid-1941 they were captured in Java and made Prisoners of War by the Japanese in early 1942 during World War Two.


Address:King William Road , Pathway of Honour, Adelaide, 5000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.918871
Long: 138.600541
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:03-September-1939
Actual Event End Date:15-August-1945


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 5th March, 2000
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2 / 3rd Australian Machine Gun Battalion

Formed on the 17th June 1940 at Wayville under the command of Lt. Col. A. S. Blackburn V. C.

Embarked from Woodside on the 8th April 1941 for the Middle East

Served in Palestine, Lebanon & Syria

710 Officers & men taken Prisoner of War in Java on the 8th March 1942

Remainder of Battalion reinforced in Australia under the command of Lt. Col. R. R. Gordon 

Unit then served in New Guinea, Merauke, Aitape & Wewak

Lest We Forget

Kindly supported by Dept of Veteran Affairs

Plaque :

Unveiled by Lieutenant H. M. Weir
5th March 2000


Source: MA
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