This service honours the members of the Australian 9th Division on the anniversary of the Second Battle of El Alamein.
The 9th Division was formed in the United Kingdom in late 1940 for service in the Second World War. They were one of the few Allied army units to serve in both the Mediterranean and Pacific theatres and fought in four major campaigns. These campaigns were: the Siege of Tobruk 1941; the Battle of El Alamein 1942; the Huon Peninsula operations 1943; and the landings in Borneo 1945.
The 9th Division remains one of Australia's most decorated units. Seven of its members received the Victoria Cross for their actions. It also spent the most amount of time on the front lines of any Australian division in the Second World War. This saw the 9th Division suffer a high casualty rate, including 2,732 killed in action.
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Reviewed 07 October 2021