Service to Commemorate the Loss of Australians Who Died In Our First Battle of Our First War

8 August 2014

Join us for a solemn star ceremony to commemorate the deaths in action of seven Australians in the brief but bloody march from Kabakaul to the German wireless station at Bitapaka, New Britain, on the 11 September 1914. This series of short skirmishes fought by the Australian Naval & Military Expeditionary Force was the first offensive action by Australian troops in the First World War. The Australian sailors and soldiers successfully eliminated the threat posed by the German colonial forces in the area and provided us with the first battle honour in the Hall of Memory – Kabakaul.

This will be the first of our star ceremonies held to mark the centenary of the actions whose names are preserved in stone at the Anzac Memorial.

Lest we forget

Details:
16:30 hours in the Hall of Memory of the Anzac Memorial
All are welcome to join us

On this day

On this day
21 October

1915— The Australian Red Cross Missing and Wounded Enquiry Bureau was established in Cairo, Egypt. The Bureau handled thousands of enquiries from families seeking information

1916— 5th Australian Division entered the front line near FLERS on the SOMME. The Somme battlefield was a muddy, cratered wasteland

1944— Japanese aircraft crashed into HMAS AUSTRALIA in a kamikazi attack during the Battle of LEYTE GULF, Philippines. 30 Officers and men, including the CO, were killed and 64 were wounded