Updating the City of Belmont War Memorial “The Spirit of Peace”

The Cold War 1950 – Present

Over the last 12 months Alan Richardson OAM JP, President the City of Belmont RSL Sub-branch, has worked tirelessly, with a vision and cap-in-hand he has trawled the corridors of, major grant institutions, City, State and Federal government bodies. With the Help of the Hon Steve Irons MP Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister and the City of Belmont the last dollars fell into place.

The Vision. An unequal War memorial, that represents the community. With plaques to family members of the greater Belmont Area, respectfully placed for all to see, and not be forgotten.

Along with updating the City of Belmont War Memorial, to include plaques representing Australians military, involvement the during the cold war period. 1946 to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Along with current and past conflicts over the last thirty-seven years

Courtesy The Australian War Memorial. The number of deaths as a result of service with Australian units are derived from the Roll of Honour.

 

Australian deaths in combat 1948 to 1981 Total 953

  • Malayan Emergency 16 June 1948 to 31 July 1960 = 39
  • Kashmir (United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan) 1948-85 = 1
  • Korean War 27 June 1950 to 27 July 1953 = 340
  • Malta 1952-55 = 3
  • Korean War (Post-Armistice service – ceasefire monitoring) 1953-57 = 16
  • Southeast Asia (SEATO) 1955-75 = 7
  • Indonesian Confrontation 24 December 1962 to 11 August 1966 = 21
  • Malay Peninsula 19 February 1964 to 11 August 1966 = 2
  • Vietnam War 3 August 1962 to 29 April 1975 = 521
  • Thailand 25 June 1965 to 31 August 1968 = 2
  • Irian Jaya Operation Cenderawasih 1976-81 = 1

 

Australian deaths in combat the last thirty-seven years. Total 63 

  • Western Sahara (MINURSO) 1991-94 = 1
  • Somalia 20 October 1992 to 30 November 1994 = 1
  • Bougainville 1997-2003 = 1
  • East Timor 16 September 1999 to 18 August 2003 = 2
  • East Timor (Operation Astute) 1999–2013 = 2
  • Afghanistan 11 October 2001 to present = 42
  • Iraq 16 July 2003 to 31 July 2009 = 2
  • Solomon Island (RAMSI – Operation Anode) 2003-13 = 1
  • Indonesia (Operation Sumatra Assist) 2005 = 9
  • Fiji 2006 = 2
  • IRAQ Second Gulf War 2003 – 2009

A little-known fact.

In my past role as international liaison officer Malaysia for the NMBVAA. National Malaya and Borneo Veterans Association Australia Inc. In 2008. I was part of a party of veterans that visited the TAIPING (KAMUNTING ROAD) CHRISTIAN CEMETERY, PERAK. To place a wreath on the headstone of an uncle of a couple here in Perth. An almost impossible task, as the cemetery was totally overgrown with tropical undergrowth. On my return to Australia and following a lot of research I discovered there are, if I remember correctly, 93 British, 28 Australian, 4 New Zealand servicemen, and very uniquely, 31 British and 12 Australian service family members buried there. (4 Australian Servicemen’s wife’s and 8 servicemen’s children – 3 girls and 5 boys.)

A long story cut short, I brought the mater of this uncared-for Military plots within the Kamunting Road cemetery to the attention of Commonwealth War Graves commission and the office of Australian war graves. Within 6 months the Office of Australian War Graves stated work on cleaning up the area and restoring the 186 headstones.

Today. following the first Military Remembrance Service I organized (with a lot of help unofficially from the DVA and within Malaysia, Fathol Zaman Bukhari & Yunus Ali both Retired Royal Rangers Regiment.) in 2009, Annually a Military Remembrance Service is held on the second Thursday in June, with participation of the Australian Army, and members of the Malaysian Royal Rangers regiment.

  • Steve Toon
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