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Local historians salute service of war regiment.

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Local Historians Salute Service of War Regiment Friday, 22 April 2005

The history of the 16th Infantry Battalion (Cameron Highlanders) of Western Australia and the 2/16th Battalion will be published by two local historians to commemorate the service of the battalion in World War II and pay homage to its unique mix of Scottish and Australian history.

Peter Shaw and John Treloar, both of Kardinya, are committee members of the 16th Battalion (Cameron Highlanders) of WA Association and have painstakingly researched the history of the battalion from its formation in the Goldfields almost 70 years ago to its battle honours of World War II and eventual disbandment in 1960.

The Association has received a Commonwealth Government ‘Saluting Their Service” Commemorations grant to meet the costs of publishing the research in a book, expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Dr Dennis Jensen, Federal Member for Tangney, met with Mr Shaw and Mr Treloar to present the grant and discuss the book.

Mr Shaw said the funding is the final step in getting the history project published and realising a long held dream by association.

“We have been trying to get this project finalised for over ten years and to be able to complete it, and gain public recognition for our former battalion, will be important for the former soldiers of the regiment,” Mr Shaw said.

The two men have long been involved with the military - Mr Treloar is a former Army Captain and a veteran of the 16th Infantry Battalion Cameron Highlanders and Mr Shaw is a former President of the WA Military Historical Society of Australia and also served with the battalion.