Services

Members of the public are welcome to attend any of the commemorative services held at the Shrine of Remembrance.

  • 2/14 Battalion Association 2019

    24 April 2019, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree C62

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid

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    The 2/14th Battalion was raised on 26 April 1940 and trained at Puckapunyal in Victoria. They embarked for service in the Middle East in October 1940 where they engaged the Vichy French, later remaining as part of the garrison in Syria and Lebanon until early January 1942. In August 1942 they arrived at Port Moresby in Papua, and were soon advancing along the Kokoda Trail to confront the rapidly advancing Japanese. They also participated in the operations at Gona in November and the Balikpapan landings. They formed part of occupation forces in the Celebes and disbanded in Brisbane on 22 February 1946.

  • HQ 3rd Division 2019

    24 April 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree E15

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Colonel George Mackenzie OBE RFD
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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    The HQ 3rd Division Association holds an annual pilgrimage on the eve of ANZAC Day, to remember the service and sacrifice of its members during a period that spans 1916 to 1991.

    The 3rd Division (infantry) of the Australian Army was formed during the First World War within the Australian Imperial Force. They served on the Western Front in France and Belgium, participating in the battles at Messines, Broodseinde Ridge, Passchendaele, Amiens, and the St Quentin Canal.

    In the interwar years they operated within the Citizen Forces based in central Victoria, with fluctuating numbers caused by the Great Depression and peacetime operations.

    3rd Division mobilised for the Second World War in December 1941 in a defensive role before being deployed to New Guinea where they engaged the Japanese Forces between 1943–1944. In late 1944 they were sent to Bougainville where they advanced across the island until the conclusion of the war in August 1945.

    They disbanded in December 1945 but were later re-raised in 1948 as part of the Citizens Military Force. They served through the Cold War as a reserve formation until 1991 when the division was disbanded for a final time due to an Australian Army restructure.

  • 3 Australian Division Signals (366 Club) Descendants with Greenhills Primary School 2019

    24 April 2019, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree C1

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Mr. Peter Whitelaw

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    The 3rd Division Signals were responsible for maintaining all forms of communications within the division, starting from the interwar period and into the Second World War.

    3 Australian Division Signals Descendants will be supported by students and staff of Greenhills Primary School, as participants in the Shrine's Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation program. This partnership fosters relationships and enables schools to carry on the legacy of their chosen Association. 

  • Friends of the 15th Brigade - Villers Bretonneux Day 2019

    24 April 2019, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree B58

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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    An annual service is held by the Friends of the 15th Brigade on Villers Bretonneux Day (24 April) marking the successful counterattack and recapture of Villers Bretonneux in 1918. This action played a significant role in the overall defeat of the German attack launched in March 1918. The 15th Brigade, which had suffered dreadfully in the ANZAC's first major action on the Western Front at Fromelles, together with the 13th Brigade, was instrumental in this action.

    Villers Bretonneux has become the main Australian site of commemoration in France.

  • ANZAC Day 2019

    25 April 2019, 6:00am

    Shrine Representatives:
    All available Shrine Trustees, Life Governors and Governors

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    Attend the ANZAC Day dawn service to commemorate the service and sacrifice of all Australian servicemen and women. On this day, we honour and reflect on the impact of war, conflict and peacekeeping operations in Australia's history.

  • 2/14 Australian Field Regiment (8th Division) with Christ Church Grammar School 2019

    25 April 2019, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree D18

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid

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    The 2/14th Australian Field Regiment was an Australian Army artillery unit that served during the Second World War, within the 8th Division. Raised in 1940 they remained in Darwin as a garrison force at a time when the division's infantry brigades were deployed to Southeast Asia to counter the Japanese threat. They deployed overseas in late 1943 once the threat to the Australian mainland had subsided. The 2/14th supported the 5th Division's operations on New Guinea throughout 1944 before accompanying them to New Britain in early 1945, where they engaged Japanese forces on the island until the end of the war, at which point they undertook garrison duties on Rabaul as part of the 11th Division, before returning home and disbanding in January 1946.

    The 2/14 Australian Field Regiment will be supported by students and staff of Christ Church Grammar, as participants in the Shrine's Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation program. This partnership fosters relationships and enables schools to carry on the legacy of their chosen Association.