the 2/11th BATTALION, Australia WWII
the 2/11th BATTALION was an infantry battalion of the Australian Army which saw service during World War II.
182 killed, 307 wounded
Raised at Northam, Western Australia on 13 October 1939, it formed part of the 6th Australian Division of the Second Australian Imperial Force.
The battalion saw action in Egypt, Libya, Greece and Crete in 194041, however, a large number of the battalion's personnel were killed or captured on Crete and as such it was rebuilt in Palestine at the end of 1941, before returning to Australia to fight the Japanese in 1942.
For a time the battalion was assigned to the 2nd Brigade, a formation made up largely of soldiers from the Militia, carrying out defensive duties in Western Australia, however, it was later transferred to the 19th Brigade in Queensland and in 194445 it took part in the Aitape-Wewak campaign before being disbanded at Puckapunyal on 7 December 1945.
During the war the 2/11th Battalion suffered 489 casualties, of which 182 were killed.
Its members received the following decorations: 2 DSOs, 1 OBE, 3 MBEs, 6 MCs, 4 DCMs, 20 MMs and 66 MIDs.
the following are all links on the site the 2/11th Australian War Memorial:
2nd Australian Imperial Force
Battle for Retimo
Battles for Tobruk
Capture of Tobruk
Middle East 1941-1944
South-West Pacific 1942-1945
Liberation of Australian New Guinea
photo of John Hubert Blake competing in the Mortar Event at the 6th Australia Division Gymnkhana in Wondecla, Queensland 9 Oct 1943
John Hubert BLAKE 2nd from left
- Private WX11276 off to war