'M' Australian Garrison Company (Internment Camp)

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'M' Australian Garrison Company (Internment Camp)

Brief History

From January 1940 the company of 10th Australian Garrison Battalion on Rottnest Island also guarded the German internees who were in the holiday accommodation at Thompson's Bay. When the internees were relocated to the Harvey Internment Camp in September, a detachment of the mainland Company guarded them.

In January 1941 a full time Company from the 5th Australian Garrison Battalion moved to Harvey and were redesignated as the 11th Internment Camp Guard Company - soon after renamed 'M' Australian Garrison Company

Following the entry of Japan into the war in December 1941, it was decided to move all internees to the eastern states, so by April 1942 the camp ha ben cleared and 'M' Garrison Company moved to man the Parkeston POW Camp. This was used as base for gangs of POWs who were working at various points on the Trans Australia Railway. With these projects completed by November 1942, the POWs were returned to Loveday in South Australia and 'M' Garrison Company was disbanded.

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Content has come from The Unit Guide - Volume 2 - The Australian Army 1939-1945, page 2.410 - Graham R McKenzie-Smith - Big Sky Publishing - 2018

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