Local Salvation Army bands will unite to commemorate the ill-fated World War II 2/22nd Battalion this Anzac Day Eve in Geelong.
The Geelong and South Barwon Salvation Army bands will host an evening of tribute and commemoration with performances of classic Anzac songs and tributes set to take place at St Marys Basilica Tuesday 24 April.
The concert will this year feature performances by the Salvos Children’s Choir and students from the Just Brass music program.
The night will commemorate the 2/22nd Battalion which itself consisted of a regimental band. Close to our hearts, twenty-three members of the band were originally members of Salvation Army bands who had enlisted in 1940. Among them were Acting Corporal Wilfred Ernest Trigg and Private Francis Roy Meddings who were locals from Geelong.
The battalion served as a garrison force at Rabaul, New Britain, until 23rd January 1942 when Japanese troops stormed ashore in the early hours of the morning, capturing and killing many soldiers. Most of the band died at sea on 1st July 1942 when the Montevideo Maru, carrying an estimated 845 POWs and 209 civilians from Rabaul, was sunk off Luzon in the South China Sea by the United States Navy submarine USS Sturgeon.
Of the 24 Salvation Army band members who enlisted, Private Frederick William Kollmorgen was the only one who survived the deployment to New Britain.
The Salvation Army invites all to attend the event and join us in commemorating the service and sacrifice of these brave souls.
Participant Entry Fee: $5.00