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  • 28th Battalion AIF (Western Australia) [7th Infantry Brigade]
    Formed Western Australia April 1915. Departed Fremantle Ascanius 29 June 1915 and Thirty-Six, 12 July 1915.
    • 1st Reinforcements departed Fremantle Geelong 7 June 1915, 
    • 2nd Reinforcements departed Fremantle Demosthenes 23 July 1915, 
    • 3rd Reinforcements departed Fremantle Anchises 2 September 1915, 
    • 4th Reinforcements departed Fremantle Hororata 1 October 1915, 
    • 5th Reinforcements departed Fremantle Themistocles 13 October 1915, 
    • 6th Reinforcements departed Fremantle Ulysses 2 November 1915, 
    • 7th Reinforcements departed Fremantle Medic 18 January 1916, 
    • 8th Reinforcements departed Fremantle Borda 17 January 1916, 
    • 9th Reinforcements departed Fremantle Miltiades 2 February 1917, 
    • 10th Reinforcements departed Fremantle Ulysses 1 April 1916, 
    • 11th Reinforcements departed Fremantle Shropshire 31 March 1916, 
    • 12th Reinforcements departed Fremantle Aeneas 17 April 1916, 
    • 13th Reinforcements departed Fremantle Seang Bee 18 July 1916, 
    • 14th Reinforcements departed Fremantle Miltiades 7 August 1916, 
    • 15th Reinforcements departed Fremantle Surada 26 September 1916, 
    • 16th Reinforcements departed Fremantle Suffolk 10 October 1916, 
    • 17th Reinforcements departed Fremantle Argyllshire 9 November 1916, 
    • 18th Reinforcements departed Fremantle Persic 29 December 1916, 
    • 19th Reinforcements departed Fremantle Miltiades 29 January 1917, 
    • 20th Reinforcements departed Fremantle Borda 29 June 1917, 
    • 21st Reinforcements departed Albany Port Melbourne 24 July 1917, 
    • 22nd Reinforcements departed Fremantle Ormonde 13 March 1918.

  • Battle Honours: Suvla, Gallipoli 1915,  Egypt 1915-16, Somme 1916-18, Pozieres, Bapaume 1917, Bullecourt, Ypres 1917, Menin Road, Polygon Wood,  Broodeseinde, Poelcappelle, Passchendaele, Ancre 1918, Amiens, Albert 1918, Mont St Quentin, Hindenburg Line, Beaurevoir, France and Flanders 1916-18

  • Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

by Ross Mallett (ADFA)

History of 28th Battalion

The 28 Australian Infantry Battalion was raised in April 1915 at Black Boy Hill Camp for service overseas. The unit served in Gallipoli, and in both France and Belgium. The current Other Ranks Mess is named after a member of the 28th Battalion, Lieutenant A.E Gaby, who won a Victoria Cross at Villers-Bretonneux, in France on 8 August 1918. The unit served until the end of WWI and was disbanded on 20 May 1919.

The Militia unit, the 2/28 Bn was not raised until 1918. In 1920 the unit became the custodian of the Kings Colours awarded to the 28 Bn AIF for service during WWI.

28th Battalion

The 28th Battalion was raised at Blackboy Camp in Western Australia on 16 April 1915 from recruits previously earmarked for the 24th Battalion, which was instead being raised in Victoria. The battalion left Australia in June, and, after two months spent training in Egypt, landed at Gallipoli on 10 September.

At Gallipoli, the 7th Brigade, which included the 28th Battalion, reinforced the weary New Zealand and Australian Division. The 28th had a relatively quiet time at Gallipoli and the battalion departed the peninsula in December, having suffered only light casualties.

After another stint in Egypt, the 7th Brigade proceeded to France and the Western Front, as part of the 2nd Australian Division. The 28th Battalion took part in its first major battle at Pozières between 28 July and 6 August 1916. After a spell in a quieter sector of the front in Belgium, the 2nd Division returned to the south in October, where the 28th Battalion took part in confused and costly fighting to the east of Flers, in the Somme Valley.

For many of the major battles of 1917 the 28th found itself in supporting roles. At the second battle of Bullecourt, the 28th provided reinforcements who were nonetheless involved in heavy fighting. The 28th went on to attack as part of the third phase at the battle of Menin Road, capturing its objectives in seven minutes, and was in reserve during the capture of Broodseinde Ridge. The battalion was also in reserve for the battle of Poelcappelle on 9 October, but, with the attack floundering in the mud, it soon became embroiled in the fighting.

In April 1918, the 28th fought to turn back the German spring offensive and, from 8 August participated in the joint British and French offensive that marked the beginning of Germany’s defeat. The Battalion was prominent in the fighting to secure crossing points over the Somme River around Peronne, and in the advance beyond Mont St Quentin. The 28th’s last actions of the war were fought as part of the effort to break through the Beaurevoir Line in the first week of October 1918. The first members of the battalion began returning to Australia in January, and the 28th was disbanded in March 1919. Text from AWM

  • 787 killed, 2241 wounded (including gassed)
  • Decorations

    • 1 VC
    • 2 CMG
    • 5 DSO
    • 1 OBE
    • 29 MC, 2 bars
    • 17 DCM, 1 bar
    • 70 MM, 1 bar
    • 5 MSM
    • 37 MID
    • 11 foreign awards

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