Pat Carroll entertains the troops Sth Vietnam July 1968. Well known member of Berwick RSL Terry Hornbuckle second from left of the soldier with the camera. Courtesy Ray Raylene Heathcote... See MoreSee Less
The 2/22 Australian Infantry Battalion was raised in July 1940 and initially headquartered at Victoria Barracks, opposite the Shrine. Arriving in Rabaul (New Britain) on 26 April 1941 they combined with the local New Guinea Volunteer Rifles, a coastal defence battery, an anti-aircraft and anti-tank battery and elements of 2/10 Field Ambulance to form Lark Force. The “Bird Forces” were deployed to protect vulnerable coastal areas and airbases, with Lark Force operating at the Lakunai and Vunakanau.
After Japanese bombing of New Britain in January 1942 destroyed most of their assets, Lark Force withdrew from Rabaul and awaited the inevitable Japanese landings. Soon overwhelmed by superior enemy numbers, Lark Force disintegrated and attempted to escape. Approximately 160 Australians captured were massacred at Tol Plantation and another 836 were interned as prisoners, some of whom were killed in the sinking of the Montevideo Maru transport ship. In the Sanctuary today at noon we honour those loses. ... See MoreSee Less
A quick update on the deployment of our defence forces on Operation Bushfire Assist. 3,449 permanent ADF and 2,966 reservists are now directly supporting operations in NSW, Victoria, SA and Tasmania. 94 New Zealand, 49 Singapore, 100 Papua New Guinea Defence Force and 70 Japanese personnel are also directly supporting operations. We thank all of them for their service.
This photo is of some members of the Australian Army Reserve being briefed on their next task in Jerangle, NSW. ... See MoreSee Less
We'd like to wish WWII veteran and RSL Victoria Life Member Henry Cadd a marvellous 100th Birthday! Henry is an icon of Woorinen RSL Sub-Branch and has been a great supporter of the RSL over a number of decades. We thank Henry for his service! He enjoyed a century of celebrations at the Woorinen RSL with the company of friends and family! Happy Birthday Henry! ... See MoreSee Less