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The plaque commemorates those who served with the  2nd / 24th Australian Infantry Battalion during World War Two.

The plaque location is indicated by a red poppy in the second image. 

The Battalion  was formed in July 1940 from primarily Victorian volunteers and was known as "Wangaratta's Own" because of the time the Battalion spent in the town during its formative period prior to deployment overseas. It served in North Africa in 1941–1942 as part of the 26th Brigade, which was assigned to the 7th Division, before being reassigned to the 9th Division. 

In early 1943, the Battalion returned to Australia and later took part in campaigns against the Japanese in New Guinea in 1943–1944 and Borneo in 1945, before being disbanded in 1946. It suffered the highest number of battle casualties of any 2nd AIF infantry battalion.



Address:Fairbairn & Limestone Avenues, Australian War Memorial Sculpture Garden, Campbell, 2612
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.279626
Long: 149.147118
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Approx. Event Start Date:July-1940
Actual Event End Date:15-August-1945


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Wednesday 21st October, 2009
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2 / 24th 24th Australian Infantry Battalion 
9th Division AIF

1940 - 1946

North Africa 1941 - 42
Defence of Tobruk, The Salient 1941, Defence of El Alamein Line  Tel El Eisa, El Alamein

South-West Pacific 1943 - 45
Lae-Nadzab, Busu River, Finschhafen, Sattelberg, Wareo,
Liberation of Australian New Guinea, Wareo - Lakona, Borneo, Tarakan

Dedicated to those who served in the Battalion and in memory of those who died

Lest We Forget


Source: MA
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