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Greek ‘OHI Day’ (‘No Day’) Commemorative Service 28th October 2019

Greek ‘OHI Day’ or (‘No Day’) is a significant day in modern Greek History. On October 28, 1940, in response to a demand from the Italian Ambassador in Athens to unconditional surrender, Greek Prime Minister Metaxas said ‘Oxi’, which means no in Greek! Italy then invaded and so began the Greek Campaign which officially culminated with the Battle of Crete in May 1941. A well trained and resourceful Greek Army drove the much larger Italian Force out of Greece and it wasn’t till Germany invaded in April 1941 that Greece finally succumbed.

The following pictures were taken at this year’s Commemorative Service at the Shrine.

2nd/2nd Field Regiment Association Wreath
Wreaths were laid at the Australian Hellenic Memorial (Domain Gardens)
Father Sinesios Frangos gave the Prayer for the Fallen.
From LHS – Steve Kyritsis, President RSL Hellenic Sub-Branch; Ms Jenny Cotton CSC Deputy Commissioner, Dept of Veteran Affairs; Dimitrios Michopoulos, Consular General of Greece in Melbourne; and second from RHS, John Cullen representing the Victorian Branch of the RSL.
The Ceremony in the Central Sanctuary of the Shrine at the Stone of Remembrance.
RSL Hellenic Sub Branch. Memorial Hall, Ferrars Street, South Melbourne.
At the luncheon that followed the Ceremonies, there was a presentation to the RSL Hellenic Sub Branch of a Print showing the gallant but badly damaged Greek Warship ‘Adrias’ as it limped into the Port of Alexandria, to the resounding cheers of Allied sailors lining the decks of ships at anchor.

Report and pictures by Derek Trewarne

Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance

Western view of the Shrine
Eastern view of the Shrine
The eternal flame and adjoining monument
Olive tree on the east side on the Shrine near Birdwood Avenue.
Plaque at the base of the Olive tree near Birdwood Avenue.
Plaque at the base of the Olive tree near Birdwood Avenue.
The 2nd/2nd Plaque is at the base of this large Pin Oak tree on the RHS approach to the Shrine just before the forecourt.
2nd/2nd Regiment Plaque at the base of the Maple tree.


The 2/2nd Field Regiment Association has received an invitation to the 2019 ANZAC, Greece and Crete Reunion. There will be a special presentation from Ms. Megan Spenser on the AWM podcast ‘From a Whisper to a Bang’ which features the Battle of Crete. The reunion will be held at the Education Centre at the Shrine of Remembrance on Sunday 6th October 2019 at 2:00 pm. Entry is free and light refreshments will be served. RSVP is by Wednesday 25th September 2019 so please let our Secretary Mel Johnson ( know ASAP if you would like to attend.

Commemorative Service for the 78th Anniversary of the Battle of Crete – 26.05.2019

The Commemorative Service started with a colourful parade up the forecourt of the Shrine followed by a Service and laying of wreathes at the base of the ‘Eternal Flame’ Memorial. A wreath was laid on behalf on the 2/2nd Field Artillery Regiment Association by Secretary Mel Johnson and myself.

This was followed by a further Service at the Australian Hellenic Memorial in Birdwood Avenue.

D. Trewarne. 26.05.2019

Anzac Day 2019

6th Division Assembly point beside St Paul’s Cathedral in Flinders Street.
Veteran Bill Rowe with descendants of veterans
Veteran Bill Rowe with marshal Murray Duckworth, a former work colleague of Association Vice President Derek Trewarne.
The men pictured in traditional dress are descendants of the “Pontian” Greeks who were refugees from the Ottoman Turks.
Veteran Bill Rowe ‘center stage’ with descendants of veterans .
Checking out the banner support poles for future adjustments.
Our editor David Jaboor.
The Association’s secretary pictured with her daughter.

Anzac Day April 2019. The images were taken at the Assembly point beside St. Paul’s Cathedral in Flinders Street and later in the Shrine gardens at the conclusion of the march.

2018-5-26. Battle of Crete Commemorative Parade & Service at the Shrine

Our editor – David Jaboor

Vice President Derek Trewarne laid a wreath for the Regiment

The activities commenced with an official parade along the forecourt of the Shrine culminating in the laying of wreaths in front of the eternal flame. The parade involved various dignitaries, flag bearers, school groups, a band made up of school children, young men and women in Cretan National costumes and some banners of Australian Battalions. This was followed by a brief ceremony at the Australian Hellenic Memorial in Birdwood Avenue.

Derek Trewarne


Anzac Day, Melbourne 2018

Veteran Bill Rowe with Band Marshal


It was wonderful that veteran Bill Rowe was able to take part again this year and although the numbers of descendants attending was a little down on the last year or two, there were sufficient of us to make a proud showing for the Regiment.

Derek Trewarne (Son of Bill Trewarne VX911) 

Plaque Dedication AWM 21st February 2018

2nd2ndAWM plaque location    (Map of Location of 2/2 Plaque at AWM)




The Dedication Service took place in the ‘Captain Reg Saunders Courtyard’ and was opened by the Director of the AWM, Dr. Brendan Nelson. The President of the 2/2nd Field Regt. Association, Lachlan McPherson gave the main address. Lachlan and Justice Richard Refshauge (son of a veteran) unveiled the Plaque and Vice President Derek Trewarne thanked all those present for attending and those responsible for bringing this project to a most satisfactory completion, in particular, Association Secretary Mel Johnson, Dr Brendan Nelson and all personnel involved from the AWM. At the conclusion of the Service, Derek Trewarne and former Committee Member Anthony Gleeson laid a wreath at the Plaque and then all present proceeded to afternoon tea in nearby ‘Poppies’ Café.

I must acknowledge the official AWM photographer who took a number of photographs of the Ceremony thus providing an excellent record of the event for the Regiment.

Derek Trewarne.


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