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
19 February

1915 — Allied warships attempted to force a passage through the Dardanelles, (Turkey). The failure of this attempt led to the disastrous GALLIPOLI campaign

1942 — 188 Japanese aircraft attacked DARWIN. There was second attack later this day, the first two of 64 attacks on Darwin over the next 20 months. At least 243 people were killed in the attacks, including WG CDR A. Tindal, who became the first Royal Australian Air Force member to die on active service on Australian soil

1943 — Parliament approved the Defence (Citizens Military Forces) Bill, introducing conscription for service in the south west Pacific war zone