5th Australian Garrison Battalion

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Brief History

Raised in October 1939 at Swanbourne in Western Australia, and consisting primarily of men who had served during WW 1, the 5th Garrison Battalion was responsible for coastal defence. The 5th Garrison Battalion was responsible for the Fremantle/Perth area, land based batteries at Swanbourne and Arthurs Head, Fremantle.

The battalion had its headquarters in Swanbourne. From 19 April until November 1944 the 5th Garrison battalion had also assumed responsibility for the coastal guns on Rottnest Island, but the unit was disbanded in late 1944 as the threat to WA was reduced as a result of military success to the north.

Eight servicemen died while a member of this unit, one accidentally, and seven from illness.

Battalion personnel

Time periods include Part Time service prior to being called up for Full Time Duty


Content has come from The Unit Guide - Volume 2 - The Australian Army 1939-1945 - page 2.391 Graham R McKenzie-Smith - Big Sky Publishing - 2018

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