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The plaque erected by the 2nd / 12th Association, Veteran Affairs and the Atherton Shire Council commemorates the 154 soldiers of the 2nd / 12th Infantry Battalion who died in service or were killed in action in the battles at Gona, Buna and Sanananda during World War Two.


Address:Kennedy Highway, Rocky Creek Memorial Park, Rocky Creek, 4882
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -17.182329
Long: 145.454925
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Approx. Event Start Date:1942
Approx. Event End Date:1943


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 15th August, 1999
Front Inscription

In memory of hundreds of Australians, 154 from the 2/12 Battalion who gave their lives during the battles of the Beach Heads in 1942-43, at Gona, Buna and Sanananda. These battles were arguably the finest feat of Australian arms in World War II, where almost 100% of the Japanese Army were destroyed and their vital base captured. These battles resulted in the threat of invasion of Australia being removed.

Erected by 2/12 Aust Inf. Bn. Assoc, Veteran 
Affairs and the Atherton Shire Council.  


Source: RCMP, MA
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