The 46th Australian Infantry Battalion was raised in Egypt in February 1916. At its core was a group of experienced soldiers from the 14th Battalion. Reinforcements from around Australia made up the rest of the unit.
The 46th Battalion fought at Pozieres, Passchendaele, Polygon Wood and Hamel. In 1917, it incurred its biggest losses of the war at Bullecourt. The final battle for the 46th Battalion took place on the Hindenburg Line in September 1918. After the war, the battalion was disbanded in early 1919, before being re-raised as a militia unit in 1921.
During the First World War, the 46th Battalion suffered over 2,500 casualties, including 590 men killed in action.
Reviewed 02 August 2021