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CENTENARY OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR, 1914 - 1918

14th Battalion Colours and Battle Honours

The 14th Battalion Colours and Battle Honours are on display in the foyer of the St. Kilda Town Hall in the City of Port Phillip.

For the Centenary Dinner, we entered the hall adjacent to the foyer through a doorway above which was displayed the Colours of the 14th Battalion AIF.


You can read about the tradition and background of regimental colours here


Battle honours awarded the 14th Battalion are stitched in place

Detailed information courtesy WO1 James (Mac) McCloskey (retd) & Master of Ceremonies Oct. 12

Landing at Anzac
25 April 1915 - 26 April 1915
Awarded for participation in the amphibious assault, landing and consolidation of defensive positions at Anzac Cove.

Sari Bair
06 August 1915 - 10 August 1915
Awarded for operations at Anzac between 6-10 August 1915, including the breakout, the various diversions, and operations conducted in support of the Suvla landing.

Pozières
23 July 1916 - 03 September 1916
Awarded for operations conducted as part of the 1916 British Somme offensive in the vicinity of the village of Pozières, including the battle of Mouquet Farm.

Bullecourt
03 May 1917 - 17 May 1917
Awarded for involvement in the Second Battle of Bullecourt: two weeks of bitter trench fighting which eventually, and at the cost of 2,250 Australian casualties, cleared and held part of the Hindenburg Line.

Messines
07 June 1917 - 14 June 1917
Acknowledges participation in the assault on, and occupation of, the Messines Ridge on the Western Front carried out by units of General Plumer's Second Army.

Ypres
31 July 1917 - 10 November 1917
Awarded to recognise involvement in the Third Battle of Ypres, the two weeks of bitter trench fighting in Flanders in 1917 (known unofficially as the Passchendaele Offensive).

Polygon Wood
26 September 1917 - 03 October 1917
Awarded for participation in the operations to secure strongly defended German positions in the vicinity of Polygon Wood and to consolidate positions on the Menin Road Ridge. Characterised by bitter fighting and fierce German counter-attacks.

Hamel
04 July 1918 - 04 July 1918
Acknowledges participation in the limited attack mounted around the village of Hamel in July 1918 as part of operations to straighten the Allied line. This honour was awarded exclusively to Australian battalions.

Amiens
08 August 1918 - 11 August 1918
Awarded for involvement in operations to the east of Amiens that launched the great Allied offensive of 1918. An "all arms battle", the Allies made effective use of infantry, artillery tanks and aircraft, which led to an unprecedented advance and vast numbers of German prisoners.
8 August became known as the “black day of the German Army’

Hindenburg Line
Called the "Siegfried Stellung (Line)" by the Germans, this complex system of defensive fieldworks and mutually supporting fortifications was named the "Hindenburg Line" by the Allies. This withdrawal straightened the German line, reducing its length by 25 miles and releasing 13 Divisions for service in the reserve.







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