Adelaide Pathway of Honour - 2/4th Machine Gun Battalion WW2 Memorial Back to Search


Location Kintore Avenue, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Type memorial

A simple stone plinth with a brass plaque set atop facing upwards.

Built Not yet discovered
Opened Not yet discovered

2/4th Machine Gun Battalion A.I.F.
8th Division A.I.F. 1940 - 1945

Dedicated to the memory of all members of the 2/4th Machine Gun Battalion

The Battalion, an all West Australian unit, underwent training at Woodside Camp near Adelaide in July 1941 before later moving to Darwin in October that year, to complete machine gun defences at the Winnellie and Casuarina Beach areas as well as regional defence positions around Darwin.

At the end of 1941, the Battalion was transported to Port Moresby and later to Singapore arriving on the 24th January 1942, when at the time Singapore was under heavy attack from the Japanese forces.

Many men were either killed or wounded in action including the Commanding Officer LT. Colonel M.J. Anketell. On the capitulation of Singapore, 15th February 1942, the Battalion was taken as prisoners of war along with all other allied forces as part of a general surrender.

There then followed 3 1/2 years of incarceration where various members suffered death, privation and disease on the Burma/Siam death railway, Sandaken, Japan, and many other places in the Asia Pacific area.

This plaque gives recognition of their efforts and thanks to the people of South Australia.


Kindly sponsored by the Department of Veteran Affairs.



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