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ANZAC Tribute Concert 2018

[30/04/2018]

The Southern Star Group are proud to be supporting the Anzac 2018 Tribute Concert, Geelong.

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 at 7pm.

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. Interestingly, twenty-three members of the band were originally members of Salvation Army bands who had enlisted in 1940.

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, one survived the deployment to New Britain. The Anzac Eve concert is a tribute to these band members and all those who died in the defence of Rabaul, and those who later died as prisoners in the sinking of the Montevideo Maru The Southern Star Group has sponsored this concert for the last three years and once again this year are pleased to join the Salvation Army in inviting you to attend the event and join us in commemorating the service and sacrifice of these brave souls.

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