11th Infantry Battalion (WA), 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, AIF

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About This Unit

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The unit colour patches were part of a complex heraldic system that explained in large part the connectivity of the units of the First AIF.  In this case, the rectangle signifies the First Division.  The pale blue lower bar signifies the third brigade in the division.  The brown upper bar denotes the third battalion of the brigade.  

The 11th Battalion was  raised at Blackboy Hill Camp near Perth and became the WA contribution to the 3rd Brigade in the 1st Division.  The Third Brigade comprised Battalions from the smaller States.  It was also destined to be the Covering Force (ie first ashore) at Gallipoli, and the 11th Battalion was to be the left forward Battalion.

The 11th Battalion landed astride of the Ari Burnu Promontory and struck inland to Plugges Plateau through the tangle of scrub and steep gullies.  Their original objective was to be along Third (aka Gun) Ridge north of Scrubby Knoll.  Like the rest of the landing force they were to be thwarted by the terrain and the Ottoman response and were held to the Second Ridge line along which the ANZAC position was consolidated.

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


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