2018 Monash Commemorative Service
It was a pleasure to attend the 2018 Monash Commemorative Service held in The Legislative Assembly Chamber on August 3 2018. The service was held by The Spirit of Australia Foundation to honour the many achievements of Sir John Monash.
Sir John Monash was born in Melbourne in 1865 and educated at Scotch College and then the University of Melbourne, where he eventually graduated with three Bachelor Degrees in engineering, law and arts. In 1884, at the age of 19, John Monash joined the newly formed University 4th Battalion, Victorian Rifles. He rose through the ranks, and by 1913 was a soldier with knowledge of transport, supply, engineering and intelligence. In 1914, the First World War broke out. John Monash was among the first under fire at Gallipoli and was the only Australian brigade commander among the original troops not killed or evacuated as wounded. By 1918, he was in charge of the entire Australian Corps. Many historians consider him to be the foremost allied military commander of the First World War. General Sir John Monash passed away on 8 October 1931. However, his impact on the Australian military was far reaching and continues to this day.
This Service celebrates his life and achievements and aims to encourage school students to be inspired by his service to our country.