2/14 AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BATTALION
21ST BRIGADE, 7TH DIVISION
IN AUSTRALIA DURING WW2

The 2/14th Battalion was raised in Victoria in April 1940 and was initially stationed at Puckapunyal until it was sent to the Middle East. In early 1942, they were shipped backed to Australia, disembarking in Adelaide where they camped at Springbank which is located east of Adelaide in the Adelaide Hills about 30 km from Adelaide and just north-east of Woodside.

They travelled to Melbourne by train and took some well earned leave. As the Japanese threat developed, they moved from the Watsonia camp in Melbourne by train to Glen Innes for a short period before moving on to Yandina in Queensland. They were camped near Yandina from 11 May 1942 until 5 August 1942. The battalion trained over a wide are from the Blackall Ranges to the coast. The Battalion embarked at Brisbane for the Papuan campaign. Between 16 August 1942 and 15 January 1943 the battalion fought on the Kokoda Track and at Gona.

The 2/14th Battalion returned to Australia in January 1943, setting up camp at Ravenshoe on the Atherton Tablelands in north Queensland. In July 1943, the unit travelled to Townsville and then by ship to Port Moresby for the Markham - Ramu campaign. In January 1944, the battalion returned to Port Moresby and returned by ship to Brisbane, setting up camp at Strathpine north of Brisbane.

In August 1944, the 2/14th Battalion moved to Kairi on the Atherton Tableland to commence training for the Borneo operations. In May 1945, the battalion moved to Julago, near Townsville, for embarkation for Morotai and the Borneo campaigns. After the war ended the battalion moved from Balikpapan to Makassar in the Celebes before returning to Brisbane in February 1946. Leave was granted to everyone except a small HQ party and the Battalion ceased to exist on 22 February 1946.

Yvonne Szwedyc's father was with the 2/14th Battalion at Yandina, where he met and married Yvonne's mother who was known as Joan Henshall at the time. Joan lived with her parents in the Railway House at Yandina.


Photo:- via Brian Carlson

"C" Company, 2/14th Battalion

 

Plaque at the base of Mount Ninderry near Yandina

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

 I'd like to thank Ross Wilkinson, Secretary of the 2/14 Battalion Association for his assistance with this web page. I'd also like to thank Brian Carlson, Yvonne Szwedyc and Dean Martin Rees Newman for their assistance with this web page.

 

REFERENCES

"The History of the 2/14th Battalion"
by WB Russell, 2/14 Battalion Assn., 1948, reprints 1949 1986
Does anyone have a copy of this book?

"Men of the 2/14 Battalion"
by JC McAllester, 2/14 Battalion Assn., 1990, reprint 2003.
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