Upon their return from Europe and the Great War in 1919, the former soldiers of the 22nd Battalion met and formed the Battalion Association to keep alive the Anzac spirit and legacy of mateship that was forged on the beaches and cliffs of Gallipoli and which defined the Australian through the tough fighting in France and Belgium, and beyond. As the years have passed the legacy has now been past to the relatives of the men that fought within the Battalion, under the stewardship today of Ian Russell, son of 524 Pte Fred Russell, who held the position of Honorary Secretary of the Association from its inauguration in 1920 until his death in 1978.
Each year the Association remembers those that served and marches on Anzac Day in Melbourne. In addition the Association produces an annual newsletter entitled the ‘22nd Battalion Association Echo’, taking the name from the publication of the same title that the Battalion produced on active service in 1918 until the troops returned home.
** ANZAC DAY 25th APRIL 2018 ANNOUNCEMENT **
After two years absence the WW1 Unit Associations will once again be permitted to march behind their banners in the ANZAC Day Commemoration March at the Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance. Assembly will be in Flinders St West opposite Young & Jacksons at 11am for 11:50 step-off. On completion of the march members are encouraged to remain with the Association Banner in the forecourt for the Shrine Commemoration Service at 1pm.
Marchers (not young children) should be respectfully attired and family veteran-forebear’s medals worn on the right breast, and if applicable, personal medals on the left breast.
Please join other members of the Association in the remembrance of our veterans in this important year, the centenary of the Armistice.
22nd ECHO No.75 – 2018
22nd ECHO No.74 – 2017
22nd ECHO No.73 – 2016
To receive the annual newsletter, for further details on the Association or if you would like to become a member please send a message to Ian Russell via the form found on the ‘Contact Us’ page on the ‘Following the Twenty-Second’ website.
Anzac Day 25th April 1917
Honorary Secretary Ian Russell and the seven other WW1 AIF Battalion Associations with their banners outside of the Shrine for yesterday’s Anzac Day march. As with the previous year, the battalion associations had been controversially removed from the main veterans march, necessitating the need for the relatives to hold their own march, as described in the following video and article published in The Age.
Anzac Day 2017 descendants march – click for video
Anzac Day 2016 descendants march – click for video