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  • Ceremony: 2/14 Field Regiment with Christ Church Grammar 2019

    Thursday 17 October 2019, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid
     

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    The 2/14 Field Regiment was raised on 17 October 1940, initially headquartered at Victoria Barracks, Melbourne, and later moved to Puckapunyal. They were stationed in New Guinea in 1944, providing necessary artillery support for the infantry and training; then moved to New Britain in January 1945 to relieve American troops and continue a limited offensive against the Japanese. At the end of the war the regiment moved to Rabual as a garrison force, where it was gradually stood down due to demobilisation, until they returned to Australia in 1946 to be disbanded.

    The 2/14 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. 

  • Ceremony: Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - October 2019

    Thursday 17 October 2019, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel Adrian Lombardo
    Shrine Life Governor Mr Peter Whitelaw
     

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    In the month of October, we commemorate the following occasions:

    31 October 1917: Battle of Beersheba
    The 4th Australian Light Horse Brigade executed a successful mounted charge against entrenched Turkish forces at Beersheba. By defying prevailing military doctrine which held that rapid-fire weapons had signaled the end of the mounted warrior, the Australian Light Horse struck the decisive blow at the Battle of Beersheba and secured a place in military history.

    1 October 1918: Capture of Damascus
    The Australian Light Horse captured Damascus in Syria, in the final act of a long campaign to defeat the Turkish and German forces in the Middle East.

    23 October 1942: Battle of El Alamein
    The Battle of El Alamein in the Western Desert is considered one of the turning points of the Second World War. All three Australian services were involved in this action. RAN ships escorted supplies and troops for the attack from across the Empire to Egypt whilst RAAF aircraft were invovled in ground attacks, anti-shipping strikes and provided fighter cover for the Allied advance. In the Army the 9th Division, famed for its defence of Tobruk in 1941, was one of the best performed Allied units of the campaign, taking several key positions during the battle and inflicting heavy casualties on Afrika Korps forces.

    3-8 October 1951: Battles of Maryang San and Kowang San
    Australian infantry made a successful attack on Chinese positions in Korea, taking and holding two crucial hills in the face of fierce opposition. 

  • Ceremony: HMAS Lismore with Berwick Primary School 2019

    Friday 18 October 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree F01

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM
     

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    HMAS Lismore was a Bathurst Class minesweeper built in Sydney and commissioned in 1941. She served during the Second World War with Battle Honours including Indian Ocean, Sicily, Pacific and Okinawa. She returned to Sydney in 1946 for decommission and transfer to the Royal Netherlands Navy.

    In October 2007, a plaque dedicated to HMAS Lismore was unveiled at the Shrine of Remembrance for the inaugural annual service held to honour those who served on her.

    The HMAS Lismore Association will be supported by students and staff of Berwick 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. 

  • Ceremony: 2/24 Australian Infantry Battalion 2019

    Sunday 20 October 2019, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel Adrian Lombardo
     

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    Each year the 2/24 Australian Infantry Battalion Association commemorates the Second Battle of El Alamein (23 October - 5 November 1942) with a service at the Shrine of Remembrance. 

  • Ceremony: 2/4th Field Regiment Association 2019

    Sunday 20 October 2019, 02:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid
     

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    Raised in 1940, with many of its men and officers drawn from the 4th Australian Field Artillery Brigade based in St. Kilda, Melbourne, the 2/4th Field Regiment would go on to fight in North Africa and the Pacific.

  • Ceremony: 9th Division Council with Scotch College 2019

    Friday 25 October 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Colonel George Mackenzie OBE RFD
     

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    The 9th Division fought in four major campaigns during the Second World War: the Siege of Tobruk (1941), the El Alamein battles (1942), the Huon Peninsula operations in New Guinea (1943), and the landings in British North Borneo (1945). 

    Each year near to 23 October a service is held to mark the beginning of the Second Battle of El Alamein (23 October - 5 November 1942), a battle which marked the beginning of the end for Axis forces in North Africa.

    The 9th Division Council will be supported by students and staff of Scotch College, 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.