Upon their return to Australia at the end of the Great War, the former soldiers of the 22nd Battalion met and formed the 22nd Battalion Association to keep alive the Anzac spirit and legacy of mateship that was forged on the beaches and trenches of Gallipoli and which defined the Australian soldier through the tough fighting in France and Belgium, and beyond. As the years have progressed their legacy has now passed to the relatives of the men that fought within the battalion, today under the stewardship 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 the men 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 end of the war. Following their return the newsletters began again in 1943 – 25 years after the end of the war – and the publications covering the period from 1943 to 1978 have recently been scanned and are available below. To receive the current annual newsletter and for further details on the Association including 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 this ‘Following the Twenty-Second’ website.
Photographs above from the 2019 Anzac Day commemoration march at the Melbourne Shrine, courtesy of Ian Russell, Hon Sec 22nd Bn Assoc.
22nd ECHO No.78 – 2021
22nd ECHO No.77 – 2020
22nd ECHO No.76 – 2019
22nd ECHO No.75 – 2018
22nd ECHO No.74 – 2017
22nd ECHO No.73 – 2016
*** Recently added 22nd Battalion Association Newsletters containing reunions, news of members, stories retold, and obituaries. Note: if there are any pages that you are particularly interested in but due to the quality of the copy are difficult to read please send a message via the Contact Us page and I will endeavour to send you the photographed copy of the requested page(s). ***
Note: if there are any pages that you are particularly interested in but due to the quality of the copy are difficult to read please send a message via the Contact Us page and I will endeavour to send you the photographed copy of the requested page(s).
Anzac Day 25th April 2017
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