Royal Australian Regiment Memorial

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Description

The memorial is a curved sandstone wall, which features several bronze bas-relief figures on the front. The figures represent members of the Royal Australian Regiment (RAR) battalions who served in conflicts and peacekeeping missions since the Second World War. In front of the wall is a shallow pool and a large paved area, where commemorative services take place. 

Attached to the back of the wall are numerous bronze plaques, bearing inscriptions and dedications to particular battalions of the RAR. They have been added to the wall over time, since its construction in the mid-1970s. 

The memorial was created by Sydney artist and veteran Dennis Adams. It was unveiled on 8 December 1976.

Materials
  • Bronze
  • Sandstone
Inscription

Front of wall

The Royal Australian Regiment Memorial

Korea 1950–53, Malaya 1955–63, Borneo 1963–66, Malaysia 1964–65, Vietnam 1965–75, Somalia 1993, Rwanda 1994–95, East Timor 1999, Iraq 2003, Afghanistan 2005

Front of wall - dedication plaque

The Royal Australian Regiment Memorial

This memorial commemorates the foundation of Australia's first regular operational infantry regiment. In the past Australia has had permanent military units with special functions, such as coastal artillery batteries & earlier, other units seconded from the British Army.

The first three battalions of the Royal Australian Regiment were formed in 1945 from volunteers from the Second A.I.F. & served in Japan as part of the British Commonwealth Occupation Force. 

Since that time, infantrymen of the Royal Australian Regiment have served in various theatres of war to safeguard our nation. 

The Royal Australian Regiment Memorial honours all ranks who have served or who will serve in it and above all, those who have made the supreme sacrifice. 

Back of wall - plaque 1

3 December 1973 3 December 2006

5th/7th Battalion (Mechanised)
The Royal Australian Regiment

Holsworthy 1973–1998, RCB Malaysia, Rwanda (Elements), Timor Leste, Solomon Islands (Elements), Darwin 1999–2006, Cambodia (Elements), East Timor, Iraq, Afghanistan (Elements)

In honour of those who served, were wounded, injured or died

Lest We Forget

Dedicated on the 25th of April 2012 by the 5/7 RAR (Mech) Association

Back of wall - plaque 2

Lest We Forget

Our comrades who remain on the battlefield of North Korea

Army
Army 1-2-3 RAR
[Names]
RAAF
RAAF- 77 Squadron
[Names]
RAN
RAN - Fleet Air Arm - 805 Squadron
[Names]

Missing in action their souls finding their way home

This plaque was generously donated by Guardian Funerals as a community service project

Back of wall - plaque 3

8th/9th Battalion 
The Royal Australian Regiment

Raised from the linking of the 8th and 9th Battalions
The Royal Australian Regiment  31 October 1973

Remembering all those who served in 8/9 RAR
In the service of our nation all gave some, some gave all

Lest We Forget
8/9 RAR Association

Back of wall - plaque 4

2nd Battalion 
The Royal Australian Regiment
Formed from 66th Australian Infantry Battalion

Dedicated to those who served and those who died

Korea, Vietnam, East Timor, Malaya, Rwanda (Element), Iraq (Element), Afghanistan (Element), Malaysia, Solomon Islands (Element), Timor Leste

Lest We Forget
2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment Association Inc

Back of wall - plaque 5

1st Battalion 
The Royal Australian Regiment
Raised in 1945 from the 65th Infantry Battalion

Remembering all those who served in 1 RAR in peace and in war particularly those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our nation

Lest We Forget
1 RAR Association

Back of wall - plaque 6

2nd/4th Battalion 
The Royal Australian Regiment

Dedicated to all who served from 15 August 1973 (link) to 1 February 1995 (delink) in peace and on operations

Rifle Company Butterworth 1974–89, Cambodia 1993 (Element), Somalia 1993 (Element), Rwanda 1994–95 (Element)

"We Will Remember Them"

Dedicated by the 2/4 RAR Association

Back of wall - plaque 7

Dedicated to the memory of those members of the 9th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment killed on active service South Vietnam 1968–1969
[Service numbers, names and dates]

Back of wall - plaque 8

Dedicated to the memory of those members of the 8th Battalion the Royal Australian Regiment who died whilst serving Malaysia 1967/1969 - Vietnam 1969/70

Malaysia
[Service numbers, names and dates]
Vietnam
[Service numbers, names and dates]

Lest We Forget

Back of wall - plaque 9

Dedicated to the memory of those members of 7th Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment killed on active service in Vietnam 1967–68 and 1970–71

1967–68
[Service numbers, names and dates]
1970–71
[Service numbers, names and dates]

We Will Remember Them

Back of wall - plaque 10

Sixth Battalion 
The Royal Australian Regiment
Formed 6th Jun 1965

Dedicated to those who gave their lives, those who suffered and in honour of all who served with 6th Battalion RAR.

Vietnam 1966–1967 and 1969–1970; Singapore; RCB Malaysia; East Timor 2000, 2003, 2006; Solomon Islands; Iraq 2004–; Afghanistan 2005–

Dedicated by 6 RAR Association 6th June 2018

Back of wall - plaque 11

5th Battalion 
The Royal Australian Regiment
Raised at Holsworthy 1st March 1965.

In honour of the members of 5RAR who made the supreme sacrifice on active service, those wounded in action and all who served in the Tiger Battalion.

1965–1973 and 2006–2020

Dedicated by the 5RAR Association 1st March 2020

Back of wall - plaque 12

4th Battalion of the Royal Australian Regiment
Honour Roll

[Names]
4RAR 1966
Malaysia Borneo
[Names]
4RAR/NZ (ANZAC)
Vietnam 1968–69
4RAR(CDO)
East Timor Iraq
Afghanistan 2000–2008
[Names]
4RAR/NZ (ANZAC)
Vietnam 1971–72

Lest We Forget

Back of wall - plaque 13

3rd Battalion 
The Royal Australian Regiment
"Old Faithful"

Raised in 1945 from the 67th Infantry Battalion

Honouring all those who served in 3 RAR, particularly those who have died

Lest We Forget
3 RAR Associations

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Address
Regimental Square
339A George Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Australia
Local Government Area
  • Sydney, City of
Setting
  • Public square
Location status
Original location
Memorial type
  • Wall
Recorded by
NSW War Memorials Register
Year of construction
1976
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Dedication date
08 December 1976
Conflict/s
  • Korean War, 1950–53
  • Malayan Emergency, 1950–60
  • Indonesian Confrontation, 1963–66
  • Vietnam War, 1962–75
  • Iraq: the First Gulf War, 1990–91
  • Afghanistan, 2001–present
  • Iraq: the Second Gulf War, 2003–09
  • Peacekeeping, 1947–present