About This Unit
The 15th Battalion was a composite unit drawn from Queensland and Tasmania and raised in Melbourne, as the third Battalion of the 4th Brigade, which itself was part of the NZA Division, commanded gy General Godley, under which designation it served at Gallipoli. The NZA Division eventually comprised the NZ Brigade the NZ Mounted Rifles Brigade and the Australian 4th Brigade (commanded by then Colonel Monash), and the 1st LH Brigade.
Members of the Australian Imperial Force who served on Gallipoli will be entitled to wear over the Unit “Colour Patch” on both sleeves of the Service Dress Jacket and Greatcoat the letter “A” an indication that the wearer had taken part in the operations on the Gallipoli Peninsula. - Military Order 354 of 1917
Members of the Australian Imperial Force who served on Gallipoli or the Islands of Lemnos, Imbros and Tenedos, or who have served on transports or hospital ships at or off Gallipoli or the Islands above-named, or in AIF lines of communication Units in Egypt will be entitled to wear over their Unit “Colour Patches” on both sleeves of their Service Dress Jacket and Greatcoat the letter “A” as an indication that the wearer had taken part in the Gallipoli operations. - Military Order 20 of 1918
After the evacuation of ANZAC, Monash's 4th Brigade and its constituent Battalions including the 15th, was used to form the basis of the new 4th Division. The 4th Brigade spawned a new Brigade, the 12th, when the AIF was' doubled' in Egypt in April 1916 by providing half its experienced officers NCO and men to form the new units, which were then supplemented with reinforcements. The 15th generated the 47th Battalion, part of the 12th Brigade which was also to serve in the 4th Division.
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