BATTLE HONOURS – WORLD WAR 1
|Messines 1917||Ypres 1917||Polygon Wood|
|Somme 1918||Ancre 1918||Amiens|
|Albert 1918||Mont St Quentin||Hindenburg Line|
|St Quentin Cana||France and Flanders 1916-18|
BATTLE HONOURS – WORLD WAR 2
|Kokoda Trail||Kokoda Deniki||Isurava|
|Eora Creek/Templeton’s Crossing||Buna / Gona||Gona|
|Sanananda Road||Amboga River||South West Pacific Area 1942-1945|
Colours Tell the Story
The custom of dedicating and laying up Colours in churches and in memorials has its origins in antiquity.
Colours themselves originated from the days of early man who fixed his family badge to a pole and held it aloft in battle to both indicate his position and to provide a rallying point for his troops.
Regardless of origin, design and form, Colours and the insignia are symbolic of a fighting unit’s spirit and a visual record of gallant deeds performed by the members of the unit. These are recorded by reference to the location of the deed and on Colours are called Battle Honours.
The custom of laying up the Colours has dictated that a regiment’s Colours should be preserved in the appropriate church of the town with which the regiment was identified, providing as it were a link with eternity. The visual presence of the Colours in a church make it possible to rally future generations and to remind those who have not had the experience, of the heights to which the human spirit can soar as a group of resolute men channel their convictions into sweat and sacrifice for goals deemed worthy.
Guidons, swallow-tailed pennants borne on a lance or a pike, are the Armoured Corps’ counterpart of Infantry Colours.
(Above) A 39th Battalion contingent with banners at an ANZAC Day parade.
Associations of returned servicemen have also designed banners which are used as rallying points for ceremonies of significance such as ANZAC Day and other memorial services. These too are symbolic of the unit’s spirit, and its service.