Scheyville Training Centre War Memorial


Obelisk constructed of stone blocks on a brick base, surrounded by a low fence with a low brick pillar at each corner. Attached to the pillars and the obelisk are various brass memorial plaques.

The memorial is located in front of the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service offices within the Scheyville National Park.


Plaque 1

1st Australian Parachute Battalion 2nd A.I.F.

Dedicated to all the members who trained and were stationed at this campsite during 1943-1944 [OTU logo]

Plaque 2

To commemorate the commandants of the Officer Training Unit, Scheyville.

Commandant Brig. C.J. (Kit) Miles, OAM OTU Service 1967-1969 Died 23.7.03
Brig. John Studdert, AO, OBE OTU Service 1969-1972 died 18.2.03
Lt. Col. David Kerr OTU Service 1972-1973 died 21.7.77

Otu Scheyville operated from 1st April, 1965 through to November 1973. OUT Sheyville operated from 1st April, 1965 through to November 1973. 1803 National Service and Aviation Entrant Cadets were commissioned as Second Lieutenants during this 9 year period. 77 O.C.S. (Officer Cadet School-Portsea) soldiers also received training.

Unveiled and dedicated during the second national OTU reunion - 5th October, 2003

Lest We Forget

Plaque 3

Erected to the memory of the men who served in the 73rd. Australian Mobile Anti-Aircraft Searchlight Company R.A.E. A.I.F. The first A.I.F. searchlight unit raised in the Australian army. It was on this site that the unit was formed on 15 Sept. 1942, under the command of Major R.J. Thompson and SAW service in Papua-New Guinea at Port Moresby & Lae from Dec., 1942 to May, 1944.

Unveiled by Major General R.G. Fay, AO, RFD, ED. Colonel Commandant of Artillery 2.M.D. & dedicated 13 Sept. 1992

Lest We Forget

Plaque 4

This plaque is dedicated to the N.S.W. men who served in the [?]th Australian Anti-Aircraft Searchlight Battery A.I.F., the first A.I.F. Searchlight personnel to serve overseas. Some of the unit trained on this site and were to join others in July 1942 to see action in Papua New Guinea at Port Moresby, Milne Bay and Oro Bay from 1942 to 1944, and later to take part in the Borneo Campaign of 1945 in batteries landing at Sarakan, Labuan and Balikpapan ...

What ever the quarrel,
whoever her foes,
Let Them Come!
Let them come when they will!
Through the struggle be grim,
'Tis Australia that knows
that her children shall fight while The Waratah grows,
And the wattle blooms out on the hill.

Unveiled and dedicated by John Walker Honorary President 67th A.A.S.L. BTY. N.S.W. 19th January 1997 [OTU logo]

Plaque 5

To commemorate the graduates of the Officer Training Unit, Scheyville and the members who died on active service

The officer training unit was raised on 1st April, 1965, to train National Service Men as Junior Regimental Officers in the Australian Army during the Vietnam conflict, many O.T.U. Graduates elected to remain in the regular Army after the completion of National Service.

Unveiled & dedicated by three of the past Commandants of O.T.U. Brig. I. Geddes 1965-1967 Brig. K. Miles 1967-1969 Brig. J. Studdert, AQ,OBE 1969-1972 30 October 1994

Lest We Forget

Veterans listed on this memorial

Rank Given Name Family Name Conflict/s Fate Service No. Service Campaign Link
2LT John Fraser KIA 24.3.1968 Army view
2LT Alan Douglas Jellie KIA 3.12.1969 Army view
2LT Terrence Edward Langlands KIA 24.11.1968 Army view
2LT Ian George Mathers KIA 7.6.1971 Army view
2LT David Paterson KIA 20.3.1971 Army view
2LT Kerry Patrick Rinkin KIA 7.4.1967 Army view
2LT Gordon Cameron Sharp KIA 18.8.1966 Army view
2LT Leonard Alexander Taylor KIA 8.2.1968 Army view
Scheyville National Park
Memorial Drive
Scheyville NSW 2756
Local Government Area
  • Hawkesbury, City of
  • Garden/park
Memorial type
  • Board/roll/plaque/tablet
  • Obelisk
Recorded by
Peter Levarre-Waters
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Dedication date
13 September 1992
  • Second World War, 1939–45
  • Korean War, 1950–53
  • Malayan Emergency, 1950–60
  • Indonesian Confrontation, 1963–66
  • Vietnam War, 1962–75

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