This service remembers the men of the 22nd Battalion who served during the Second World War.
Having served in the First World War, the 22nd Australian Infantry Battalion was re-established in August 1939 – just before the start of the Second World War. From 1939 to early 1943, it undertook garrison duties and training in Queensland and around Australia.
In early 1943, the 22nd was deployed to New Guinea. They served in Milne Bay and Lae before taking part in the Huon Peninsula campaign.
In January 1945, the battalion was sent to New Britain to help contain the Japanese to Rabaul. Once the war ended, they remained on New Britain as a garrison force.
The 22nd Battalion was disbanded in May 1946, having lost 43 men with a further 72 wounded.
- Shrine Governor Squadron Leader Matthew Little
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Reviewed 29 November 2023