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The plaque commemorates those who served with 2nd / 31st Australian Infantry Battalion during World War Two.

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

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 it 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.

 

Location

Address:Fairbairn & Limestone Avenues, Australian War Memorial Sculpture Garden, Campbell, 2612
State:ACT
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.279626
Long: 149.147118
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW2
Approx. Event Start Date:June-1940
Approx. Event End Date:March-1946

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 25th October, 2005
Front Inscription

2 / 31st Australian Infantry Battalion
7th Division AIF
1940 - 45

Britain, Egypt, Syria,             Kokoda Trail,
Gona,   Lae,    Ramu Valley, Shaggy Ridge, Balikpapan

Dedicated to the memory of those 263 men who died on active service, and to all who served in the battalion.

Lest We Forget

 

Source: MA
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