RSL identifies unmarked graves
THE Stanthorpe RSL Sub Branch is ensuring our veterans are never forgotten.
In 2016 the sub branch recognised there were veterans from both World War I and World War II buried in the Stanthorpe Cemetery in unmarked graves. It was decided that the sub branch would research the local records to try and identify the ex-service members whose graves were unmarked.
The sub branch sought assistance from the Stanthorpe High School students to build a data base and from the Southern Downs Regional Council, who provided researchers to investigate the Stanthorpe cemetery records.
They’ve now identified nine World War I and five World War II veterans’ graves that are unmarked.
The sub branch sought permission to mark the graves from the veterans’ relatives.
As this is the 100th anniversary of Armistice it is fitting that on November 4 at noon the RSL branch will dedicate three World War I Veterans graves with a headstone and plaque.
The sub branch invites all members and the Stanthorpe community to join the dedication.
It is the sub branch’s main objective to ensure all
veterans buried at the Stanthorpe Cemetery are able to be recognised for their service that they made over many years.
President of the Stanthorpe RSL Sub Branch Martin Corbett said the sub branch was very committed to service and ex-service personal, no matter where they served, and to ensure they were remembered always.
HONOURED: Unmarked graves will be dedicated with headstones and plaques.