The 2/16th Battalion Association plays an important role in ensuring and promoting greater awareness, understanding and recognition of the service and achievements of the 16th Battalions during the Great War and World War II.
27 February 2022 - Association welcome Irwin Barracks Karrakatta 11am
17 April 2022 - ANZAC service Kings Park Perth 11am
25 April 2022 - ANZAC lunch at 16RWAR
21 May 2022 - Luncheon RAAFA Bullcreek
WAR IN THEIR OWN WORDS
WAR IN THEIR OWN WORDS is a series of interviews cunducted with veterans of the 2/16th Battalion. It tells the story of life in the battalion in the words of the men that were there. Since the filming of these interviews many of the veterans have passed on. This production is dedicated in their honour and to all those who fought in the 2/16th Australian Infantry Battalion, AIF. Some of the content may not be suitable for young children. The full length interviews are in the videos section of this website.
Pigeon Post was first issued on the 29th of August 1945. It was a news broad sheet published by 2/16th Batallion, HQ Coy "I" section and was issued free to all ranks of the 2/16th Battalion.
Would you like to contribute to the next issue of the Pigeon Post? Click here to send an email to the Pigeon Post team. Remember to include a relevant photo if you have one.
We have come from afar in the Northwest
From the South where the tall timbers grow
From the stations and the farms
We have heard the call to arms
And we'll join in the world's big show.
From the mines and the wide open spaces
From the towns and the fields of our sport
We have come with spirits high
Have a fly do or die
To the scenes where the ANZACs fought.
We're the 16th the fighting 16th
Ready for the job on hand
Pals together in all weather
We'll be there to make our stand.
Meet the 16th the gallant 16th
What the odds are we don't care
And when it's all in
Just sound the fall in
And the 16th will be there.
Below are two versions of the Marching Song in MP3 format. The larger file is better quality but will take longer to download.
Marching Song mp3 320kbs (3.84Mb)
NEW BOOK - NOW AVAILABLE
2/16th Battalion, AIF Association President - Bill Grayden has just released his comprehensive wartime memoirs.
"Kokoda Lieutenant – The Triumph of the 21st Brigade is a book that should be read by every Australian and particularly by serving and former members of the ADF. It should also be compelling reading for the relatives of the men who served at any stage or in any of the Australian units in the Kokoda Track campaign." Hesperian Press
Copies can be purchased for $30 plus postage and handling through the 2/16th Battalion Association by contacting our Secretary Jim Grayden. firstname.lastname@example.org
Kokoda 75th Anniversary
Seven direct descendants of Kokoda Campaign visited Beachheads and Kokoda to Commemorate the 75th anniversary of the campaign.
From L to R
John Murdoch, son of J K (Ken) Murdoch WX 3254
Ian Smith, son of J E (Jack) Smith WX 7283
Ken Walker, son of W (Bill) Walker WX 5620
Brenda Beacham, daughter of A l Piercy WX 2850
Richard Ingram, son of L Idle VX 28893
Peter Norrish, son of D K (Keith) Norrish WX 5859
Mary Goldthorpe, daughter of J K (Ken) Murdoch WX 3254
Leaving Australia for Port Moresby on Aug 1 the group met up with other members and visitors from USA and Brisbane, then travelled to Popendetta before heading out over the next few days to Gona, Sanananda and Buna.
Back to Popandetta a visit was made to Kokoda,(laid wreath) Owers Corner and Bomana War Cemetery where we laid our second wreath.