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Remembered Today:

11th September 1914

christine liava'a

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11th September 1914
Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force landed at Rabaul and went into action at Bitapaka - this was the only major New Guinea action of WWI.

Rabaul was Germany's Pacific Headquarters and its seizure was of utmost importance. One naval officer, one army medical officer and four sailors were killed in the brief action, the R.A.N's first and indeed Australia's first casualties of the war. Three days later the R.A.N suffered a bigger loss when the submarine AE1 disappeared with all hands.

Original burial place of Dr. Pockley and Able Seamen Courtney, Williams, and Street, killed at the landing 1914 of the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force (ANMEF) at German New Guinea.


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