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The monument commemorates members of the 2nd / 31st Infantry Battalion who 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:Stanley Street & The Arbour, South Brisbane Memorial Park, South Brisbane, 4101
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -27.482698
Long: 153.025629
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Approx. Event Start Date:June-19940
Actual Event End Date:15-August-1945


Front Inscription

To the honour and glory of our fallen comrades

World War II

1939 - 1945

Erected by 2 / 31 Battalion  A.I.F.

Plaque :

2 / 31 Australian Infantry Battalion
1940  1946

England           Egypt
Syria                Palestine
Papua              New Guinea
Dutch Borneo
Syria                Merdjayoun    Jezzine
Kokoda Track  Ioribaiwa
Oivi-Gorari       Buna              Gona
Lae  Nadzab
Ramu Valley



Source: MA,SKP, QWMR
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au