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The plaque commemorates those who served in the 2nd / 19th Australian Infantry Battalion during World War Two. The plaque location is indicated by a red poppy in the second image. 

The 2/19th Battalion was an infantry battalion of the Australian Army, which was raised for service during the Second World War as part of the Second Australian Imperial Force. After being formed in mid-1940, the battalion was allocated to the 22nd Brigade, which was part of the 8th Division. After completing training in Australia, in early 1941 the 2/19th deployed to Malaya, as part of the Australian force despatched to help bolster the British garrison there as tensions with Japan heightened. Following the commencement of hostilities against Japan, the 2/19th fought several actions in Johore, before withdrawing across the Causeway to Singapore. There, the battalion was involved in the Battle of Singapore in early February 1942, during which it suffered heavy casualties before being captured following the capitulation of the British garrison. The battalion's personnel subsequently spent the next three-and-a-half years as prisoners of war, before being released at the end of the conflict.

 

Location

Address:Fairbairn & Limestone Avenues, Behind Captain Reg Saunders Courtyard, Australian War Memorial, Campbell, 2612
State:ACT
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.280105
Long: 149.148335
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:Saturday 13th October, 2007
Front Inscription

2 / 19th AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BATTALION
                  8th DIVISION, AIF
                    1940 - 1945
             Singapore Island    The Muar  
             Johore                    Malaya 1941-1942

In Memory Of Those Gallant Comrades Who Died In Action Or
As Prisoners Of War And Of Those Who Served In The Battalion

                 LEST WE FORGET

               Dedicated On 13 October 2007 By 
1st / 19th Battalion The Royal New South Wales Regiment Association

 

Source: MA
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