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The plaque commemorates those who served with the 2nd / 4th Australian Infantry Battalion during World War Two. The plaque location is indicated by a red poppy in the second image. 

The 2/4th Battalion was an infantry battalion of the Australian Army that was raised for service during World War Two, as part of the Second Australia Imperial Force. Deploying to the Middle East in early 1940, the battalion took part in the early fighting in North Africa in early 1941 along with the rest of the 6th Division, before being sent to Greece and then Crete, where it was heavily engaged and suffered heavy losses. Rebuilt in Palestine, the battalion undertook occupation duties in Syria.

In early 1942, the 2/4th returned to Australia in response to Japan's entry into the war, and subsequently undertook a long period of defensive duties and training in Darwin, and then in north Queensland. While other elements of the 6th Division saw action in New Guinea in 1942–1943, the 2/4th saw no combat again until late in the war, when it was committed to the Aitape- Wewak campaign in late 1944, fighting throughout the remainder of the war. Following the end of hostilities, the battalion was disbanded in Australia in November 1945.


 

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
Actual Event Start Date:03-September-1939
Actual Event End Date:15-August-1945

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Wednesday 21st September, 2005
Front Inscription

2/4th AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BATTALION
                  6th Division AIF
                    1939 - 45
                  Nomine Quartis

              Palestine  Crete
              Egypt       Syria
             Greece    New Guinea 

In Memory Of All Those Who Served In The Battalion
           Remembered eternally

             Dedicated 2005

 

Source: MA
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