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
16 February

1942— BANKA ISLAND MASSACRE. Following the sinking of the SS Vyner Brook, many of the survivors, including 22 Australian nurses, reached the shore of Banka Island. Realising that their position was desperate, an officer from the ship set out with most of the women and children to surrender the group to the Japanese. The officer returned with 20 Japanese soldiers who ordered all the men capable of walking to move to hidden part of the beach and killed them. They then returned to the beach and ordered the 22 nurses and 1 British civilian woman to walk into the water. They were machine-gunned in the back. All the immobile survivors were then killed. Sister Vivian Bullwinkle pretended to be dead and was the only survivor