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The plaque commemorates the personnel who served in the 2nd / 5th Independent Company and the 2nd / 5th Commando Squadron during World War Two.

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

The 2nd / 5th Commando Squadron was one of twelve independent companies and or commando squadrons of the Australian Army formed for service during World War Two. Initially formed in 1942 as the "2nd / 5th Independent Company", it served in New Guinea, taking part in a major commando raid on Salamaua in June 1942. It was later withdrawn from New Guinea and reformed as the "2nd / 5th Cavalry (Commando) Squadron", as part of the 2nd / 7th Cavalry (Commando) Regiment which saw service in Borneo in 1945. It was disbanded in early 1946.

Note: This plaque was dedicated on 1 March 2002 at a ceremony held at the Australian War Memorial. Note that the dedication ceremony for this plaque was rescheduled, and as such differs from the date as inscribed on the plaque.


Address:Fairbairn & Limestone Avenues, Captain Reg Saunders Courtyard, Australian War Memorial, Campbell, 2612
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.280176
Long: 149.14788
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:03-September-1939
Actual Event End Date:15-August-1945


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 1st March, 2002
Front Inscription

To commemorate those who served in the ​2 / 5 Independant Company and 2 / 5 Commando Squadron A. I. F. in World War II

13 March 1992


Source: MA
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