New 43rd Battalion Memorial

43rd INFANTRY BATTALION AIF MEMORIAL DEDICATION AND BATTLE OF MESSINES SERVICE 7 JUNE 2012

On Thursday 7 June 2012 a memorial to the 43rd Infantry Battalion AIF will be dedicated on The Pathway of Honour, Adelaide. This date is the 95th Anniversary of the commencement of the Battle of Messines (7-14 June 1917).

His Excellency Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce AC CSC RANR Governor of South Australia will be attending and will unveil the Memorial.

Currently there is no memorial for the Battalion in South Australia. Once the Memorial is dedicated there will be memorials for all of the South Australian raised infantry battalions of World War One in the state.

The Service will commence at 11.00 a.m. and should take about three quarters of an hour. Seating will be provided for 100. A light lunch will be provided after the Service.

The families and friend of members of the Battalion are invited to attend the Service and Lunch, as are members, families and  friends of the Battalion’s military descendants (includes 43 Infantry Battalion (The Hindmarsh Regiment), 2/43 Infantry Battalion AIF, 43/48 Infantry Battalion (The Hindmarsh Regiment), 1st  Battalion, The Royal South Australian Regiment, 43rd Battalion, The Royal South Australian Regiment and 10th/27th Battalion, The Royal South Australian Regiment). Members of the public are also invited to attend.

All those attending will be invited to take part in the Service by placing a red memorial poppy at the Memorial.

Car parking will be available on the Torrens Parade Ground. Wheel chair access to The Pathway of Honour (which is on the northern side of the Government House) can be made from the Parade Ground from either the western (King William Road) or eastern (Kintore Avenue) ends.

Except for official guests no RSVPs are required.

The contact is Adrian Craig, Project Officer 43rd Infantry Battalion AIF Memorial,
08 8263 4784 or as.craig9rar@bigpond.com

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If you have always dreamt of visiting the hallowed ground in the footsteps of the Diggers of the Great War, we can get you there! There are still places available on the 2012 FFFAIF Commemorative Tour. Book now and join the unforgettable experience. Contact secretary@fffaif.org.au today for further details.

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