What's On - 20 August 2020

  • Ceremony: Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - August 2020

    Thursday 20 August 2020, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    In the month of August we commemorate the following events:

    19 August 1914: Departure of the AN&MEF
    The Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force departed Sydney on 19 August 1914. It's mission was to capture German possessions in the Western Pacific and in German New Guinea.

    6-17 August 1915: Gallipoli
    From the 6th to 17th August 1915, what became known as the August Offensive was conducted in the hills behind ANZAC Beach, and was followed by several days of fighting that resulted in 2,000 ANZAC casualties. The August Offensive created 21,500 casualties in the Allied forces, and ultimately led to the replacement of the commander and to the eventual evacuation. 

    8 August 1916: Mouquet Farm
    Mouquet Farm, near Pozieres, was the focus of nine separate attacks by Australian troops between 8 August and 3 September 1916. Some 11,000 Australians were killed or wounded in the fighting around Mouquet Farm. 

    13 August 1941: Formation of the Australian Women's Army Service (AWAS)
    The Australian Women's Army Service was established to release men from certain military duties for service with fighting units. Members of the Australian Women's Army Service served in a variety of roles including as clerks, typists, cooks and drivers.

    9 August 1942: Loss of HMAS Canberra
    The Australian heavy cruiser HMAS Canberra was lost in action in the Solomon Islands in the Battle of Savo Island on 9 August 1942. Of the 819 Australians serving aboard her, 84 lost their lives and 109 were wounded as a result of the battle. In honour of the ship's valour, the United States Navy commissioned the USS Canberra in 1943, and she remains the only US ship to be named after a foreign city.