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From the Collection of Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch 1 Victoria Parade Wangaratta Victoria

Description
Reproduced sepia photograph of 5 soldiers seated and all wearing slouch hats
Size
30.5cm W x 20cm H
Object Registration
358.32
Keywords
2/24th battalion, wangaratta, george coker
Historical information
Image depicts a group of 5 soldiers all believed to be under 16 years who served with the 2nd AIF in the Middle East in 1941.
VX56792 George COKER DOB 11/9/1921 - 2/24 Battalion - was wounded in action on 31/10/1942. SLUNINGS not listed as serving with the 2/24 Battalion.
When Made
c1940
Significance
The 2/24th Battalion was an infantry battalion of the Australian Army, which served during World War II .A unit of all-volunteers, it was formed in July 1940 from primarily Victorian volunteers and was known as "Wangaratta's Own" because of the time the battalion spent in the town during its formative period prior to deployment overseas. It served in North Africa in 1941–1942 as part of the 26th Brigade, which was assigned to the 7th Division, before being reassigned to the 9th Division. In early 1943, the battalion returned to Australia and later took part in campaigns against the Japanese in New Guinea in 1943–1944 and Borneo in 1945, before being disbanded in 1946. The 2/24th suffered the highest number of casualties of any 2nd AIF infantry battalion. The Unit was granted the Freedom of the City by the Rural City of Wangaratta in 1990 and one of the first, if not the first, to receive this type of honour.
Inscriptions & Markings
Attached on rear - 2nd AIF Babes Middle East 1941 - All under 16 years
Back Row - Laycock 2/21 / Unknown 2/23
Front Row - Coker 2/24 / Slunings 2/24 / Unknown 2/24
Last updated
7 Jul 2019 at 7:00PM