Skip links and keyboard navigation

15th and 2/15th Australian Battalions Memorials

Description
Ornate tri-dedication memorial to the 15th Bn. A.I.F., the 2/15th Bn, A.I.F., and the 15th Bn., A.M.F.. The latter of the two units were Second World War designation and represented the 2nd A.I.F. (Australian Imperial Forces), and the A.M.F. (Australian Military Forces). The memorial displays dedication components such as enamelled unit badges, wreaths, battle honours and in the case of the 15th Bn. A.I.F., the number of wounded and killed during the Great War.
Location
Shrine of Memories, ANZAC Square, Brisbane Qld 4000

Location of 15th and 2/15th Australian Battalions Memorials

Inscription
Refer to additional images.
Conflicts commemorated
First World War, 1914-1918
Second World War, 1939-1945
Unit Memorials
Memorial type
Honour Board
Commemorative services held

The Shrine of Memories is utilised on Anzac Day.

Additional information

The 15th Battalion AIF was raised from late September 1914, six weeks after the outbreak of the First World War. Three-quarters of the battalion were recruited as volunteers from Queensland, and the rest from Tasmania. With the 13th, 14th and 16th Battalions it formed the 4th Brigade, commanded by Colonel John Monash. The 4th Brigade landed at ANZAC late in the afternoon of 25 April 1915.

After Gallipoli, the unit served on the Western Front and gained the following Battle Honours:
Somme 1916, Somme 1918, Pozieres, Bullecourt, Messines 1917, Ypres 1917, Menin Road, Polygon Wood, Passchendaele, Arras 1918, Ancre 1918, Hamel, Amiens, Albert 1918, Hindenburg Line, Epehy, France and Flanders 1916-1918, ANZAC, Landing at ANZAC, Defence at ANZAC, Suvla.

The battalion continued operations until late September 1918. At 11 am on 11 November 1918, the guns fell silent. In November 1918, members of the AIF began to return to Australia for demobilisation and discharge.

The Brisbane-based 15th Infantry Battalion C.M.F. was the "Oxley Regiment". They gained the following battle honours during WWII:
South-West Pacific 1943-45, Liberation of Australian New Guinea, Tambu Bay, Sio, Adele River, Mawaraka, Mivo Ford, Lae-Nadzab.

The 2/15th Battalion, A.I.F., Battalion was raised at Redbank army camp in Brisbane on 1 May 1940, as part of the 20th Brigade, 9th Division. Their Battle Honours were extensive:
North Africa 1941-42, El Adem Road, Alam el Halfa, West Point 23, Finschhafen, Scarlet Beach, Bumi River, Defence of Scarlet Beach, Nongora, Borneo, Brunei, Miri, Defence of Tobruk, The Salient 1941, El Alamein, South-West Pacific 1943-45, Lae-Nadzab, Liberation of Australian New Guinea, Sio.

Recorded by
QLD War Memorial Register
Date recorded
8 April 2009

Nearby memorials

List all 168 memorials within postcode 4000.