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The 41st Battalion, 11th Brigade, 3rd Australian Division, was raised at Bell’s Paddock Camp in Brisbane in February 1916

The 41st Btn departed for England from Sydney on the 18th of May 1916 onboard the Demosthenes. A further 8 reinforcements would follow, the last leaving Sydney on the 2nd March 1918. Arriving in England on the 41st Battalion spent the next four months training and crossed to France on the 25th November 1916 and entered the front line trenches for the first time on Christmas Eve.

Their first major action was the Battle of Messines, launched on the 7th of June 1917, when the battalion was in reserve near Ploegsteert Wood, close to the Ultimo and Factory Farm mines, following the 9th and 10th Division after the main objectives on the Black Line had been captured and pushing forward to the next objectives on the Oosttaverne Line in the afternoon of the 7th of June.

The 40th Battalion went onto the Battle of Passchendaele. In 1918 they saw action in the Spring Offensive at Morlancourt when the enemy pushed through the lines. Their final action of the war helping to drive the Germans back to the Hindenburg Line. The 40th Battalion was gradually disbanded between February and September 1919.

Those who served with The 41st Btn

at the Battle of Messines.

  • Adams
  • James Pte. d.3rd Jul 1917
  • Christoe  
  • John Edward Major.
  • Dark
  • W. A. Pte.
  • Davis
  • James Richard Pte.
  • Ferndale
  • Herbert Rennie Gnr. d.10th Feb 1918
  • Funnell
  • George d.23rd Jun 1917
  • Harrold  
  • William Private
  • May
  • George Albert Sjt.
  • Middlemiss
  • R. B. Cpl.
  • Murdock  
  • Arthur Pte.
  • Wood  
  • Ernest William "Bluey" Pte.

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