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August 28 till October 1, 1942
The battalion entrained at Nome and bivouaced at Redlynch then moved to Kuranda near the Barron Falls.

October 1, 1942 till May 24, 1943
The battalion built a new camp and commenced extensive training. Reinforcements from other states arrived, a number of men were released to the 15th Battalion. Further reinforcements arrived from training battalions. Men were issued with live ammunition.

May 25 till August 8, 1943
The battalion marched to Redlynch station and entrained for Cairns wharf. On May 25 the battalion less A Company departed from Cairns aboard Katoomba for Torres Strait and disembarked for Horn Island. A Company were detached to Dutch New Guinea to become part of Merauke Force. The rest of the unit took up garrison duty on Horn Island. Platoons are detached to several of the smaller islands in the Torres Strait.

August 8 till November 7, 1943
The battalion moved back to the mainland and was based at Higginsfield Airfield which is located about 30 km south of Cape York. The men worked with engineer units to build a jetty at Red Island Point. Patrols were active along the coast line.

November 7, 1943 till May 30, 1944
A Company commenced their return to the unit at Jacky Jacky. The battalion was still engaged in working parties at Red Island Point.

May 30 till June 25, 1944
The battalion commenced the move back to Horn Island and completed this by July 2, 1944.

July 27 to August 1, 1944
The battalion departed Horn Island aboard
Taroona and arrived Townsville.

August 1 till September 4, 1944
The battalion is based at Strathpine camp near Brisbane.

September 4 till December 4, 1944
During September the men went on home leave, selected personnel were sent to various schools. Training commenced and reinforcements arrived. The unit prepared for its role in the Solomons.

December 4 till December 12, 1944
The battalion left Brisbane and arrived at Bougainville to relieve the American forces at Torokina.

Summary of Events (1942 - 44)

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