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2/33rd Battalion Association

A wreath laying to honour the service and sacrifice of the 2/33rd Australian Infantry Battalion.

12 September 2021 12:30 pm - 12 September 2021 01:00 pm
Sanctuary, Shrine of Remembrance, Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne, VIC 3001
Free admission
Accessible venue
Child friendly

The 2/33rd Battalion formed in the United Kingdom in June 1940. It was made up of Australian personnel that had arrived in Britain, and would go on to see action in North Africa and the Pacific. The battalion took part in the fighting on the Kokoda Trail, and acted as the rearguard in the Australian retreat to Imita Ridge. They then took part in the fight to drive the Japanese back to the north coast of Papua New Guinea.

On 7 September 1943, the 2/33rd Battalion were waiting at Jackson's Airfield, Port Moresby when a fully-loaded Liberator bomber crashed among the trucks carrying the battalion. 59 men were killed and 92 were injured. This was a third of the battalion's fatal casualties for the entire war. This service occurs on a Sunday close to 7 September each year to remember that tragedy.

Shrine Representative:

  • Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel David Ford CVO AM GM

Reviewed 19 July 2021

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