41st Battalion The Byron Scottish Regiment
- 41st Battalion AIF
- 41st Australian Infantry Battalion CMF
The 41st Battalion
has a long and distinguished history. Read below to find out about the
Battalion Motto, the Battalion Song,
the Unit's Scottish Ancestry and the Battalion's
Victoria Cross recipient Lance
Corporal Bernard Sidney Gordon.
Soldiers from the
Battalion have served in almost every conflict that Australians have
served in. From World War One to East Timor, the Battalion has fought as a
unit or provided reinforcement soldiers to support Australian Defence
embraces it's illustrious motto of "Death before
Dishonour". This motto has been adopted by the 41st as no
member has ever surrendered to enemy forces since the unit's
formation in 1917.
The Battalion was raised in 1917 and fought in some of the most
important and bloody battles of that war.
WWII, soldiers drawn from the Battalion fought in all theatres.
In more recent
times soldiers of the 41st have served in INTERFET in East Timor,
with the Peace Monitoring Groups in Bougainville and as part
of the Operational Search Battalion at the Sydney Olympic Games in
The Battalion has strong links to
it's Scottish ancestry. The Battalion was formerly known as the
41st Battalion The Byron Scottish Regiment. This is due to
the large number of Scots who settled in the north of the State in
areas such as Grafton, Byron Bay and Maclean.
We maintain links to the Argyle
and Sutherland Regiment and wear the Kilt of the Argyle and
Sutherland Highlanders on ceremonial occasions.
Bernard Sidney GORDON
41st Battalion, 11th Brigade, 3rd Division AIF
27 August 1918
Fargny Wood, France
World War 1
For most conspicuous
bravery and devotion to duty on 26th-27th August, 1918, east of
Bray. He led his section through heavy shell-fire to the objective
which he consolidated. Single-handed he attacked an enemy
machine-gun which was enfilading, the company on his right, killed
the men on the gun and captured the post, which contained one
officer and ten men. He then cleaned up a trench, capturing
twenty-nine prisoners and two machine-guns. In cleaning up further
trenches he captured twenty-two prisoners, including one officer,
and three machine-guns. Practically unaided, he captured, in the
course of these operations, two officers and sixty-one other
ranks, together with six machine-guns, and displayed throughout a
wonderful example of fearless initiative. (London Gazette: 26th
Today the 41st Battalion honours Lance Corporal Gordon, where the Soldiers
Club proudly bears his name.