RSL iden­ti­fies un­marked graves

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS -

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.

PHOTO: FILE

HON­OURED: Un­marked graves will be ded­i­cated with head­stones and plaques.

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