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2/6th Cavalry Commando

A wreath laying to honour the service and sacrifice of those in 2/6th Cavalry Commando.

Event Details

Friday, 3 November 2023 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm
Memorial Tree C56, Shrine of Remembrance, Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne, VIC 3001
  • Admission is free.

The 2/6th originally formed as a cavalry regiment. They saw action in North Africa and the Middle East, including at Bardia, Tobruk and Syria. Following Japan's entry into the Second World War, the 2/6th returned to Australia where it was transformed into a commando regiment. After a period of retraining, it deployed to New Guinea to take part in Australia's final campaigns of the war. 

The 2nd Cavalry Regiment formed on 20 November 1970. On 9 October 1971, the 17 official battle honours of the 2/6th were passed into the custody of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment. This ensured the history, honours and memory of the 2/6th would be carried forward. To this day, a strong bond remains between the current members of the 2nd Cavalry and the descendants of the 2/6th Cavalry Commando Regiments.

A service is held on 3 November each year to honour the service and sacrifice of the 2/6th Cavalry Commando Regiment. This date marks the formation of the regiment in 1939. 

Shrine Representative:

  • Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED

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