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10th Australian Garrison Battalion

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Brief History

Garrison Battalions were part of the Australian Army Reserve with the role of manning fixed defence and vulnerable points. The personnel were Class B men, those between 48 and 55 who had seen war service before September 1939, therefore mostly WW1 veterans.

10th Garrison Battalion was formed in 1940 and charged with protecting the coastal artillery on Rottnest Island until 19 Apr 1944 when they were relieved by the 5th Garrison Battalion, moving back to the mainland to take over protection for the Port of Fremantle. Later in 1944 the 10th Garrison battalion took over responsibility, albeit at a reduced level of manning, for mainland and Rottnest Island as the threat of war reduced with allied success in the islands.


16 Servicemen lost their lives while serving with this unit - 3 drowned, 4 in accidents and the rest of illness.

Battalion Personnel


Notes

Content has come from The Unit Guide - Volume 2 - The Australian Army 1939-1945 - pages 2.396 & 2.397 - Graham R McKenzie-Smith - Big Sky Publishing - 2018


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