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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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Brallos Pass Memorial Cairn Dedication Ceremony – 29th October 2016

View across the plain to the bridge over the Sperkhios River and beyond to Lamia.

Invited guests. Starting 5th from left: Dimitris our caretaker, Australian Ambassador, Vice Governor Phthoitis, Commander Lamia Military, Lt Col Moukas, General of Police & Father Nikos.

L to R. Ruth, Robert,Mal & Neil LENNIE & Mel JOHNSON – family of VX 5824 – D. LENNIE

Wreaths at the Memorial Cairn

Memorial Plaque to 2/2nd Field Regt.

Memorial Plaques to 2/2nd Field Regt – wording in English & Greek

Memorial Cairn

Ruth Lennie, Lt. Col Moukas and Greek soldiers. Australian & Greek National Anthems played.

2/2nd Field Regt. Assoc. Secretary, Mel Johnson delivering a speech.

Memorial Cairn draped with Australian flag signed by 2/2nd Field Regt veterans and descendants of veterans. Rifle placements with helmets is a sign of respect.

Memorial Cairn draped with Australian flag signed by 2/2nd Field Regt. veterans and descendants.  

Brallos Pass Memorial, August 2018 – The concrete surrounds have been completed as was promised by the Vice-Governor of Phthoitis at the Dedication and Unveiling.  


Steve & Mary Krytsis, Dimitri Haranzis


Brallos Pass Memorial, August 2018 – Dimitri Haranzis and Steve Krytsis