The 2nd/3rd Australian Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment was initially raised in Melbourne on 1 July 1940, trained at Werribee Race Course and embarked for the Middle East in December 1940. The Regiment was ultimately represented by a total of 1,935 servicemen who served with distinction in World War II, with Battle Honours from Tobruk, Crete, the Western Desert, Syria, Port Moresby, Milne Bay, Lae, Buna and Borneo.
The Regiment experienced a high number of casualties through deaths, wounded and prisoners of war. In 1945, and following the cessation of hostilities, the Regiment Association was formed to co-ordinate an Annual Reunion of original members, to conduct an Annual General Meeting, and to assist former members in need of assistance.
The Association's annual newsletter "Take Post" contains stories of former members of the Regiment, accounts of visits to the theatres of war in which the Regiment participated, a roll of members who had passed away in the previous twelve months, and reports from the President and Secretary. "Take Post" is produced so that it can be distributed at the Annual General Meeting held on the Saturday prior to Anzac Day.
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The 2016 AGM and Reunion Lunch will again be held in the Bourke Room, located on the second level of the RACV City Club, 501 Bourke Street, Melbourne, at 11.45 am on Saturday 23 April 2016.
To offset the increasing charges levied by the RACV for the Reunion Lunch, we have been obliged to increase the member's contribution by $5 to $50.
The Association continues to significantly subsidise the actual cost of the Reunion lunch from its accumulated funds.
All members will march together directly behind our Unit Banner.
Those intending to march should assemble outside Young & Jackson’s Hotel in Flinders Street West at approximately 1000 hours. As part of 2nd AIF 1 Corps, the 2nd/3rd is scheduled to commence the march at 1037 hours.
Medals worn by next of kin/descendants of deceased members should be worn on the right breast (left breast is reserved for the original owners).
Should you require any clarification of the items discussed above, please ring Honorary Secretary Malcolm Wrigglesworth on (03) 9726 0803 or Honorary Treasurer Colin Bragg on (03) 9592 1642.
In recognition of the advancing age and dwindling numbers of the original members of the Association, the Constitution of the Association was amended in 2008 to provide for the descendants of original members of the Regiment to become full members of the Association. The provision of full membership of the Association to the descendants of original Service members of the Regiment (referred to as the Remembrance Group, and now numbering almost 100 descendants) ensures the future carriage of the Association is in good hands.
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