Service with other Units
Arrived 1630hrs 13/1/1942
Departed ? 15/1/1942
The ambush at the bridge over the Gemencheh
River, occurred just after 4 pm on 14 January, 1942, and was
carried out by "B" Company of the 2/30th.
The rest of the Battalion were
located 4 miles to the rear of this position, near the 61 mile peg,
forward of Gemas, on
the Gemas-Tampin road.
On the day of the ambush, and in the hours
immediately following, the 2/30 Battalion suffered 1 killed and
10 wounded. Battalion members who were present at the ambush
estimate that approximately 600 Japanese were killed.
The action at Gemencheh Bridge was the first
time that a Company of an Australian Infantry Battalion fought
the Japanese, however, several smaller Australian Units were in
action prior to this date. They were a commando Unit called
Force which carried out raids against the Japanese in late
December, 1941, and 2/3 Reserve Motor Transport Company which
supported a British Unit in northern Malaya.
2/30 Battalion casualties in this area were:
(Source: 2/30 Battalion Archives)