This service remembers the variations of the 7th Battalion that have served since the First World War.
The 7th Australian Infantry Battalion fought during the First World War. Raised within two weeks of the declaration of war, it went on to serve in Gallipoli and on the Western Front. By 1918, they had lost 1067 killed in action and 2076 wounded.
The 2/7th Australian Infantry Battalion formed in 1939. They fought in North Africa, Greece, Sri Lanka and New Guinea. By the end of the Second World War, they had lost 226 killed, and 473 wounded.
7th Battalion AIF formed as a militia unit after the First World War. During the Second World War, they served in Darwin, New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. On Bougainville, they fought in 62 actions over four months. 35 members were killed during the Second World War.
7th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (7RAR) was raised in September 1965 and continue as part of 1st Brigade to this day. They have served two tours in Vietnam, in Afghanistan and in Iraq. Over their long history, 7RAR has seen 240 wounded, and 34 killed.
The men of the original 7th Battalion chose this day to honour their fallen, as the anniversary of the Battle of Lone Pine. From 8-9 August 1915, the 7th Battalion held its position under intense Turkish counter attacks until relieved. This battle saw 357 members killed, wounded or missing, while four men received the Victoria Cross for their actions. Since then, the 7th has continued the tradition of remembering their fallen on this anniversary.
- Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED
Reviewed 23 April 2021