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04-April-2011
04-April-2011

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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 2/24th Battalion was an infantry battalion of the Australian Army, which served during World War Two. A unit of the all-volunteer Second Australian Imperial Force (2nd AIF), it 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. The 2/24th suffered the highest number of battle casualties of any 2nd AIF infantry battalion.

 

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 October, 2009
Front Inscription

2 / 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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