Post World War II Memorial Plaques

Royal Australian Corps of Signals

Royal Australian Corps of Signals

The Royal Australian Corps of Signals is responsible for installing, maintaining and operating all types of telecommunications and information systems in the Australian Defence Force. They were initially formed in 1906 with the inception of the Commonwealth Forces and then received Royal assent in 1948.  Their motto is “Swift and Sure”, signifying their aim for communication to be carried out with maximum speed and certainty.

South Vietnamese Armed Forces & Allies

South Vietnamese Armed Forces & Allies

Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War started in July 1962 with the arrival of the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam in South Vietnam. By the time the war ended with the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975, almost 60,000 Australians had served in Vietnam.  Between 1975 and 1995 some 90,000 Vietnamese refugees were processed in Australia. Today Vietnamese-Australians are one of the largest communities in multicultural Australia.

British Commonwealth Occupation Forces (Australian Contingent)

British Commonwealth Occupation Forces (Australian Contingent)

The British Commonwealth Occupation Force (BCOF) was the Commonwealth task force consisting of Australian, British, Indian and New Zealand military forces that occupied Japan from 1946 to 1952. Around 16,000 Australian soldiers served with the BCOF, helping to maintain military control in the region and enforce Japan’s terms of surrender.

Korean Veterans' Association of Australia

Korean Veterans' Association of Australia

The Korean War Veterans' Association was established on 7 June 1984 from several smaller associations and has members in every state and territory of Australia.  This association works to assist its members, advising on matters of rehabilitation, pensions and other available benefits, and organising reunions, social events and ceremonies.

Royal Australian Regiment

Royal Australian Regiment

The Royal Australian Regiment, formed in 1948, is the parent administrative regiment for the regular infantry battalion of the Australian Army and the senior infantry battalion of the Royal Australian Infantry Corps. Throughout its existence, units from this regiment have been deployed on operations in Japan, Korea, Malaya, Borneo, Vietnam, Somalia, Rwanda, Cambodia, East Timor, the Solomon Islands, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery

Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery

The role of the Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery is to maximise the combat power of the Australian Defence Force through provision of offensive support coordination and indirect fire power, surveillance and target acquisition and ground-based air defence. This regiment has been involved in the Sudan Expedition, Boer War, WWI, WWII, Korea, Malaya, South Vietnam and continues to play an important role in the Australian Defence Force.  

Special Air Service Regiment

Special Air Service Regiment

The Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) is a special force unit of the Australian Army formed in 1957.  It undertakes difficult small-team operations involving high-level, precise military skills, often in remote areas with limited tactical support. The SASR has been involved in operations in Borneo, Vietnam, Somalia, Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as many peacekeeping missions.

Roll of Honour 11 Platoon, Delta Company, 6RAR, Battle of Long Tan

Roll of Honour 11 Platoon, Delta Company, 6RAR, Battle of Long Tan

The Battle of Long Tan took place on the 18th August 1966 in a rubber plantation in the Phuoc Tuy Province and involved soldiers from the 1st Australian Task Force, which included 11 Platoon, Delta Company, 6 RAR.  Despite being outnumbered ten to one, Australian and South Vietnamese forces managed to repel enemy troops.  Delta Company suffered 42 casualties, including 18 dead, while at least 245 enemy troops were killed.  

Sixth Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment

Sixth Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment

The 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (6 RAR) was raised in Brisbane on 6 June 1965 and was deployed to South Vietnam where they served two tours. They were situated at Nui Dat in Phuoc Tuy province and took part in the Battle of Long Tan in August 1966.  The 6 RAR has also served in East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan.  

8th Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment

8th Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment

The 8th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (8 RAR), was formed in July 1966 as part of the expansion of the Australian Army due to the perceived threat of communism in southeast Asia. They served in Malaysia in 1967 before being sent to South Vietnam as part of Australia’s commitment to the Vietnam War. Between 1969 and 1970 they undertook operations as part of the 1st Australian Task Force, before returning to Australia.

9th Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment

9th Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment

The 9th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (9 RAR) was raised in November 1967 in Adelaide and deployed to the Vietnam War in November 1968.  They were based at Nui Dat in Phuoc Tuy province where they took part in several key military campaigns, including Operation Goodwood. The 9 RAR remained in South Vietnam until 28 November 1969 when it was relieved by 8 RAR and returned to Australia.

Australian Army Training Team Vietnam

Australian Army Training Team Vietnam

The Australian Army Training Team Vietnam, raised in 1962, was a specialist unit of military advisors in the Australian army that operated during the Vietnam War. This united was formed to provide training and assistance to South Vietnamese forces and was the longest-serving and most highly decorated Australian unit during this conflict.

National Servicemen's Memorial

National Servicemen's Memorial

National Service was compulsory in Australia between 1951 and 1972 and required young men to undertake training with the Navy, Army and Air Force as part of the nation’s defence preparedness strategy.  During the Vietnam war over 15,300 national servicemen, known as "Nashos", served with 200 killed and 1,279 wounded.

8th/9th Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment

8th/9th Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment

The 8th/9th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (8/9 RAR) was formed in 1973 when the 8th and 9th battalions were amalgamated. The battalion was based at the Enoggera Barracks until it was disbanded in 1997 amid a number of Defence-wide government cutbacks. It was reformed in 2006 as part of an initiative to expand the size of the Australian Army. The motto of this Battalion is “Duty First” and their mascot is a Merino Ram named John MacArthur VII (aka Stan the Ram).

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army has been providing assistance to individuals serving in the armed forces since the Boer Wars. This organisation established the Red Shield Defence Services in 1914, which saw Salvation Army chaplains sent all over the world to offer practical, emotional and spiritual aid to defence personnel.  Since WWI, the Red Shield Defence has been present at every major conflict and continues to be a positive presence in Australian military life.  

War Widows' Guild of Australia (Qld)

War Widows' Guild of Australia (Qld)

The War Widows' Guild of Australia was formed in 1945 in Victoria to empower, support, inspire and celebrate war widows, carers and families affected by service in the defence forces. The Queensland Branch was established in 1947 and now has more than 26 sub-branches.

British Ex Service Association Qld

British Ex Service Association Qld

The British Ex Service Association (Queensland) was formed in 1994 primarily for the benefit of all ex-servicemen and women who served in the British armed forces and mercantile marine.  The organisation aims to assist, rehabilitate and provide fellowship for all their members.  It also hosts social activities and commemorative events in remembrance of fallen British defence personnel.

Australian Legion of Ex Servicemen & Women Qld

Australian Legion of Ex Servicemen & Women Qld

The Australian Legion of Ex-servicemen and Women Queensland was formed in December 1944 with membership open to all ex-service personnel, including British Commonwealth and Allied personnel, and former members of the Australian Defence Force.  The organisation makes submissions to the government on matters that impact the ex-service community, organises activities and social events for its members and assists with compensation and benefit claims.

The Naval Association of Australia (Queensland Section)

The Naval Association of Australia (Queensland Section)

The Naval Association of Queensland was developed in 1920 and focuses on providing support and welfare for current and former naval personnel, commemorating the legacy of past service and sacrifice, running navy cadet programs and organising relevant social events for members. Its plaque was the first Naval plaque laid in the Anzac Square Memorial Galleries in 1965.

Everyman's Welfare Service

Everyman's Welfare Service

Everyman’s Welfare Service was founded in 1936 and is a parachurch organisation that provides opportunities for recreation to members of the military. With centres operating at most Australian Defence Force bases, Everyman's is accredited by the ADF and seeks to boost morale amongst defence personnel.

The Australian Red Cross Society

The Australian Red Cross Society

Since WWI, the Australian Red Cross Society has provided provisions for the “comfort” of soldiers serving overseas.  From 1914–1918 volunteers raised enormous sums of money for soldier welfare and sent thousands of care packages to individuals serving overseas. During WWII, Australian Red Cross services expanded to focus on POWs and providing medical services for the ADF. This organisation’s services have also been invaluable in post WWII conflicts including Korea, Malaysia and Vietnam.