The Association

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.

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2021 Christmas windup barbeque

An invitation to the 2/16th Battalion Association Members and Friends

 

The 2/16th Battalion Association is holding our annual Christmas windup barbeque on Sunday 28th November 2021 at 11am at O'Meara's Mess, Irwin Barracks, Samichon Road, Karrakatta, Perth WA. 

Meat, salad and buns will be provided and there will be tea, coffee and beer available over the Bar. All Members and friends are welcome.

The only stipulation is that we must have your name and phone number, and all those attending with you, by Wednesday 24th November so we can inform front gate Security. People attending without notifying may not be allowed in.

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

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.

2/16th Battalion

Marching Song

 

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.

 

Song Download 

 

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.  jgrayden@yahoo.com.au

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.