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About the Battalion.
On 18 January 1952, a Royal Australian Regiment Depot was raised as a training unit for special establishment on the Order of Battle. The Depot was later renamed 4th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (4 RAR) on 10 March, 1952.
This renaming was necessary because Government approval had been given to raise a Battalion and not a Depot.
The primary function of 4 RAR at the time was to train and hold infantrymen for service in Korea and later, for Malaya. On 24 March, 1960, the unit was incorporated into the School of Infantry as Depot Company, Royal Australian Regiment.
The political decision to raise a fourth battalion of The Royal Australian Regiment was made in 1963.
Consequently, instructions for the raising of the Battalion were issued on 13 January, 1964. This was to be a new battalion, not a resurrection of the old 4 RAR.
The official raising of 4 RAR on 1 February 1964, at Woodside, South Australia, was the first time a regular Infantry Battalion had been raised on Australian soil. On orders from the then Governor-General, Rt Hon William Philip Sidney De L'Isle, 1st Viscount De L'Isle, VC, KG, GCMG, GCVO, PC, the 4 RAR Assault Pioneer Platoon Sergeant became the only soldier in the Australian Army permitted to wear a beard.
On 15 August 1973, due to the reorganisation of the Army and the cessation of National Service, 2 RAR and 4 RAR were linked to form the 2nd/4th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (2/4 RAR) and based at Lavarack Barracks, Townsville, Queensland. 2/4 RAR was charged with the task of preserving the traditions, associations, museums and proprietorship of the two original battalions from which it was formed until such time as the linking was annulled. Because of this, all ranks of 2/4 RAR were aware of the history of both 2 RAR and 4 RAR and jealously preserved these traditions, whilst working hard to establish a distinctive image for their own new Battalion.
After 2/4 RAR returned from its deployment on Operation Tamar to Rwanda in 1994, 2 RAR and 4 RAR were delinked on 01 February 1995 and 4 RAR moved to Holsworthy NSW.
In 1996, a decision was made to convert 4 RAR to a Special Forces unit within the Royal Australian Regiment and on 01 February 1997 the battalion was re-rolled and renamed as 4 RAR (Commando). It continued in this role and was one of three combat-capable groups within the Australian Special Operations Command.
Many descendants of the original members of the Battalion were serving, or had served, in the Battalion when 4 RAR was deactivated on 19 July 2009 and renamed 2nd Commando Regiment.
Doesn't it make you feel proud to say "I served with 4 RAR".
Their Service . . . . Our Heritage
the motto of the Royal Australian Regiment
This national website is dedicated to our fellow warriors who made the supreme sacrifice whilst serving with the battalion. We Will Remember Them.
This resource is an initiative of the respective state 4th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment Associations of Australia and is dedicated to providing serving and former members of the 4th Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment and all units linked to the history of the battalion, [4 RAR, 4 RAR/NZ (ANZAC), 2/4 RAR, 4 RAR (Cdo)] with information on forthcoming events, reunions and matters of general interest.
It is also intended to provide a reference source for those wanting to research the history of the Battalion, its formation and overseas operations, and the Honour and Nominal Rolls of those who served in this distinguished battalion.
This website is the only national resource for information regarding all 4 RAR reunions, all state and national events, news of fellow warriors health, and those who have marched on, The Fighting Fourth newsletter, anecdotes, and more . . . . much more.
This website presents over 200 pages devoted to the Battalion, its formation, history, operations, national and state events and news; to its members via the Honour and Nominal Rolls and Awards Received; to ex-members on Sick Parade and our Passing Parade with links, where available, to individual members' service with 4 RAR - Lest We Forget.
Also included are links to state contacts, an Email Us form, an application to join, available merchandise, and other useful sites and resources, and much more. Each page displays a menu to navigate around the website. It is designed to be simple to understand and use.
An overview of the site map for navigation around the website can be found HERE.
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