Cemetery road salutes Diggers

MORE than 70 years after Wangaratta’s own marched out of the city and into World War II, the council has named a road in their honour — in the cemetery.
Nanjing Night Net

The cemetery’s main access road will now be known as 2/24 Battalion Drive, running near a memorial wall and the fig tree, taken from a cutting when the battalion fought at Tobruk.

Wangaratta RSL sub-branch president Norm Fearn said it was further recognition of the highly decorated battalion.

“They were raised in Wangaratta but came from all over the place,” he said.

“For five months they lived and trained at the showgrounds, were part of the city, people taking them into their homes as country people do.

“When they marched out of here in July 1940, there were almost 900 on a two-day, 70-mile trek to Bonegilla.

“Ninety-two of them were decorated for their service.”

Mr Fearn said there were only a handful left “but they continue to have a reunion here every year, they have stuck by the place”.

“It is only fitting that we stick by them.

“The wall of remembrance is for the soldiers who died in battle and with the passing of each of those who trained here another plaque is added.”

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