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  • Ceremony: Far East Strategic Reserve 2019

    Saturday 6 July 2019, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM

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    The British Commonwealth Far East Strategic Reserve (commonly referred to as the Far East Strategic Reserve or the FESR) was a military force created from units of the British, Australian and New Zealand Armed Forces. Created in the 1950s and based in Malaya, the FESR was conceived as a forward defence point for Australia and New Zealand, providing stability against communist regimes growing in the Southeast Asia region. The FESR Navy Association aims to promote recognition of the service of the men of the FESR's RAN component.

  • Ceremony: Reserve Forces Day 2019

    Sunday 7 July 2019, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

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

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    Reserve Forces Day is the National recognition of the former and serving Navy, Army and Air Force Reserve personnel, numbering over 1.25 million people. It occurs on the anniversary of the reforming of Citizen Military Forces after the Second World War in 1948.

     

  • Ceremony: 5 Airfield Construction Squadron 2019

    Sunday 14 July 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Squadron Leader Steve Campbell-Wright

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    The urgent need for an organisation capable of producing airfields in forward positions at short notice while under threat of air attack led to the creation of No 5 Airfield Construction Squadron. The squadron was initially tasked with constructing an airfield at Wards Field, five miles from Port Moresby, in July 1942, which it did in the face of extraordinary difficulties. 

  • Ceremony: Association des Anciens Combattants Francais de Victoria - Bastille Day 2019

    Sunday 14 July 2019, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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

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    The Association des Anciens Combattants Francais de Victoria holds a commemorative service to honour the service of French and Australian soldiers each year on Bastille Day (14 July), the French National Day. 

  • Ceremony: Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - July 2019

    Thursday 18 July 2019, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel Adrian Lombardo
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid

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    In July, we commemorate the following important dates:

    10 July, 1911: Formation of the Royal Australian Navy
    On 10 July, 1911, HM King George V bestowed on the Permanent Naval Forces the title Royal Australian Navy and approved of Australian ships of war being called 'His Majesty's Australian Ship'.

    1 July, 1916: The Battle of the Somme
    The opening day of the Battle of the Somme was the bloodiest day in British or Commonwealth history with more than 60,000 men lost on the first day of the battle alone. The campaign would last for months and cost the Australian Imperial Force more than 23,000 casualties. 

    4 July, 1918: The Battle of Hamel
    This battle was the first set-piece operation planned and conducted under Lieutenant General Sir John Monash. It came to be regarded as a model for later Western Front battles. 

    19 July, 1941: The Battle of Cape Spada
    HMAS Sydney sunk the Italian cruiser Bartolomeo Colleoni in the Battle of Cape Spada off Crete. 

  • Ceremony: Battle of Fromelles 2019

    Friday 19 July 2019, 01:30pm

    Wreath Laying at the Cobbers Memorial

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Chairman of Trustees Air Vice Marshal Chris Spence AO (Retd)
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED 
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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    This annual pilgrimage by the Friends of the 15th Brigade commemorates the Battle of Fromelles, that began on 19 July 1916. This was the first major action involving Australian troops on the Western Front. It proved disastrous, with nearly 2,000 Australians killed in attacks on strong German positions.