Frank Partridge VC Memorial


The main element of this memorial is a small native garden. Within the garden is a local sandstone rock to which a brass plaque is attached. Adjacent is a sign which records the history of Private Partridge and his Victoria Cross award.



In memory of Frank Partridge VC 8th Inf. Bn. Bougainville 24-7-45, Died 23-3-64. Lest We Forget.


Private Frank Partridge of Macksville was the youngest Australian, and the only Militia soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross during World War Two. It was awarded to him for bravery on Bougainville in 1945 when his section was given the task of eliminating an enemy post which denied forward movement for our troops.

Twice wounded, he eliminated two enemy bunkers before loss of blood compelled him to halt. The subsequent capture of the position was due to the incentive derived from the 20 year old's outstanding heroism and fortitude.

In later life, Frank, a self-educated farmer, achieved phenomenal success on the 'Pick-a-Box' quiz show before a car accident cut his life short in 1964. He is buried in a soldier's grave at Macksville Cemetery.

Veterans listed on this memorial

Last held rank Given Name Family Name Conflict/s Fate Service No. Service Unit at embarkation Campaign Read more
Private Frank Partridge Second World War, 1939–45 NX700426 (N454409) Australian Army 8th Infantry Battalion view

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Cnr Partridge and Cooper Streets
Macksville NSW 2447
Local Government Area
  • Nambucca Shire
  • Roadside
Memorial type
  • Garden/park
Recorded by
David Roden
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  • Second World War, 1939–45