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World War One Projects
Project No. 1: Soldiers Killed in Action Memorialised in the Cemetery

Markers in Place.

Friends of Balmoral Cemetery are planning a number of projects over the next few years to remember veterans of World War 1 who are buried or memorialised in the Cemetery.

Our first project honours the 56 World War I soldiers who were killed in action (KIA) and are memorialised in this cemetery. We are researching each memorial and will be producing a serious of stories, articles and walks to coincide with the major Australian campaigns of WW1. We have commenced this project but still have a long way to go.

We now have a temporary marker on each grave containing a KIA memorial.

If you have any information on this soldier, are a descendant or would like to become involved in this project we would love to hear from you.

We also have lots of ideas for more WW1 Projects including researching WW1 soldiers who returned and are buried in the cemetery.

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World War I Soldiers Killed in Action are memorialised at Balmoral Cemetery

 
Name
Surname
Section
Plot
Date KIA
1

Reginald

Cope

3

97

25/09/1917

2

Frederick George

Groom

4

1

9/05/1915

3

James Edward

Herbert

4

69

17/04/1918

4

William Edward

McCann

5

217

11/04/1916

5

Thomas Frances

Seaman

5

745

7/05/1917

6

Frank

Gerlee

5

94

6/06/1918

7

Francis William

Little

5

513

2/09/1918

8

James Stanley Forbes

Bartlett

6

176

25/07/1916

9

George Henry

Grinyer

6

29

25/11/1916

10

Kenneth Clinton

McKie

6

168

9/06/1917

11

Frederick

Carson

6

8

26/09/1917

12

Virgil

Maguire

6

74

27/09/1917

13

Arthur Wilfred

Wheatley

6

218

25/04/1918

14

Archibald Clark

Donaldson

6

196

30/05/1918

15

Herbert Howard Kentwell

Fowles

7

317

25/04/1915

16

John Firmin

Deazeley

7

188

28/06/1915

17

Thomas Norton

Jowitt

7

294

29/07/1916

18

Joshua

Head

7

373

20/10/1917

19

David Henry

Moodie

7

360

27/05/1918

20

Harold James

Young

7

92

10/06/1918

21

Gregor

McGregor

7

98

22/06/1918

22

James Victor

Atkinson

8

290

5/04/1918

23

Reginald Herbert

Verry

8

290

5/04/1918

24

Robert

Gremmil

9

283

25/04/1915

25

Francis Leofric

Armstrong

9

324

9/05/1915

26

Robert

Alexander

9

60

3/11/1917

27

John Alexander

Mackay

9

273

5/04/1918

28

Thomas Alexander

Beattie

11

158

28/10/1916

29

Alfred Henry

Waterfield

11

227

26/05/1918

30

Frank Sherlaw

Spence

11

27

10/06/1918

31

Arthur Charles

Maidment

12

31

9/07/1916

32

Charles (Chas) John

Lawrie

12

203

11/04/1917

33

Samuel

Francey

13

242

6/07/1917

34

Norman

Charlton

13

156

24/04/1918

35

Ralph

Conley

13

218

8/08/1918

36

John Henry

Miles

13

150

16/03/1919

37

Frank

Crouch

14

168

20/04/1916

38

George

Budgen

14

15

23/05/1916

39

William Edward

Major

14

19

26/09/1917

40

Hugh

Couper

15

135

26/09/1917

41

William

Morrison

15

235

28/09/1917

42

Sydney Giles

Riley

15

172

12/10/1917

43

William

Wilson

15

319

7/04/1918

44

George Ronald

Shaw

16

191

20/04/1916

45

John

Grayson

16

175

30/08/1916

46

Charles Francis

Cantrell

16

94

1/09/1916

47

William Robert

Shaw

16

191

3/09/1916

48

Frank Albert Percy

Shaw

16

191

5/04/1918

49

Clement Lionel Egerton

Wragge

17

422

23/05/1915

50

Renton Moffatt

Kelly

17

209

7/06/1917

51

Reginald Herbert

Rowland

17

280

26/09/1917

52

William Donald Glenroy

McGregor

17

412

13/10/1917

53

Herbert Leedham

Jervis

17

158

22/10/1917

54

Josh Kissock

McDowell

17

396

26/05/1918

55

Harry James

Tyrrell

18

47

8/05/1915

56

Archibald Henry

Carey

18

350

19/10/1917

 

Founding member, Kelvin Johnston honored in Australia Day Awards
Kelvin Aus Day

Kelvin, Councilor Shane Sutton and Kevin Rudd MP at the Australia Day Awards

Kelvin Johnston, a founding member of local group Friends of Balmoral Cemetery has been recognized in the Griffith Australia Day Awards by Hon. Kevin Rudd MP Federal Member of Griffith and Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Kelvin was elected as first president of the Friends of Balmoral Cemetery when the group formed in September 2001 and continued in this role until 2009.

Current president Mr Norm Love said The Friends of Balmoral are all thrilled about the award and a number of members were also able to be part of the ceremony where Kevin Rudd presented the award.

The award was well earned, Norm said, as Kelvin’s drive and determination had been a big part of the establishment and continuation of the group over the last ten years. Kelvin was a big part of our establishment and in setting up good working relationship with Brisbane City Council, Federal and State members, Local Councilors, and local Police. He was also there to help organise working bees, sausage sizzles at Clean Up Australia Days and many other activities of the group over the past decade.

Norm Betty Kelvin

Norm Love (President) and Betty Siden (Secretary) congratulate Kelvin

Some of Kelvin’s achievements during this time included work with Council to implement a “gates closed at night policy”, better damage alert systems and Cemetery audits. Kelvin has addressed City Council meetings on the importance of security against vandalism in the Cemetery.

Kelvin was also involved in the Greater Brisbane Cemetery Alliance liaising with Government Departments for better laws to cover willful damage and vandalism to cemeteries. Success was seen last year after Kelvin and the Alliance successfully lobbied the then Queensland Attorney Hon Cameron Dick and new laws were passed in Parliament increasing the jail terms from 5 to 7 years for vandalism in cemeteries and war memorials throughout Queensland.

Kelvin continues to be actively involved in the group. His current project is a fundraising drive to restore the grave of Fred Dickson a barrister and acting judge whose decisions form the basis of some of our key industrial law today.

The Friends meet on the second Wednesday of each alternate month at the Morningside Services Club at 7.30pm. Their next meeting is on 7 February and anyone interested in joining the group is welcome

18 January 2011
Norm Love
0421638918

Dickson Grave Resoration Project gathers support
(A piece of our Nation's History)

Dickson grave
Dickson Portion 4 Grave 131

 

Clean up
Clean up work by the Friends

The son of Queensland Premier Sir James Dickson, Frederick was for 40 years a solicitor, barrister and acting judge in the Queensland Industrial Court.

In 1916, Dickson presided over what was to become the State’s first unfair dismissal case when he ordered the reinstatement and reimbursement of wages for one August Prove, a sanitary worker at the Marlborough City Council.

The grave is urgently in need of attention and repairs have been estimated at $4000. To date the Friends have been successful in sourcing $1400 from the generosity of QNU, AWU, and the QCU.

For more information contact Betty on betty.sinden@bigpond.com

Centenarians Project
Patrick and Dorothy Clayton

Do you have any information about these remarkable people who are buried at Balmoral Cemetery?

They all lived to over 100 years. We are collecting information to publish another booklet focusing on the lives of our oldest residents.

If you are a descendant of any of these folk or have any other information contact Jenny on jen-pea@hotmail.com

 

  Name Section Grave Gender Age Date of death
1 Rachel Pratt 16 1 f 105 17/06/1957
2 Gertrude Amelia Cowen 8 279 f 101 15/02/1962
3 Elize Annie Smythe 18 254 f 101 21/06/1963
4 Sarah Jane Michaelis 20 95 f 103 14/12/1963
5 Caroline Henriette Reardon 8 123 f 101 25/06/1964
6 Sarah Beck 3 218 f 102 23/05/1972
7 Margaret Mowett Halkett 16 225 f 100 13/02/1974
8 Isabela Hunter 5 400f f 102 24/10/1974
9 Estelle Susan Wholey 5f 64 or 6f f 102 23/02/1987
10 Emma Caroline Griffiths 5 63 f 100 21/12/1987
11 Annie Turner 8 351 f 100 13/07/1990
12 Ida Mary Hickey 20 68 f 101 4/03/1991
13 Doris Pauline Robins 18 140 f 100 14/08/1992
14 Olive Machin 8 77 f 104 5/10/1994
15 Botilla Margred/Margrade Head 7 373 f 102 9/12/1994
16 Florence Lillian Pryor 1 105 f 100 23/01/1996
17 Florence Josephine Brumpton 7 520 f 100 18/11/1997
18 Lily Violet Rosin 15 685 or 469b f 102 15/01/2000
19 Hilda Lillian Dennis 7 488 f 100 29/01/2001
20 Thomas Harrie Jesson 8 333 m 100 9/12/2002
21 Eric Kingsley Abraham 11 13 m 104 23/04/2003
22 Dorothy Kathleen Clayton 5 1333b f 104 9/10/2003
23 Florence Alice Hutchison 17 48 f 101 31/07/2008

KEVIN RUDD LAUNCHES VICTORY IN THE PACIFIC BOOK

A new publication marking the 60th anniversary of Victory in the Pacific was launched in Brisbane yesterday by Federal Labor Leader and Member for Griffith Mr Kevin Rudd MP. Balmoral Cemetery Pacific Veterans: Stories of Brisbane’s Balmoral Cemetery World War Two Pacific Campaign Veterans, and Life on the Homefront was developed by local history group Friends of Balmoral Cemetery Inc (FOBC) with funding from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Saluting Their Service 2005 Electorate Grants program. Launched by Mr Rudd at the Morningside Services Club in Brisbane’s east, the book provides a snapshot into the lives of almost 40 men who served Australia in the Pacific theatre of war, as well as those who served the nation on the homefront.

Book Launch

VIEW VIDEO OF KEVIN RUDD LAUNCHING THE BOOK

VIEW VIDEO OF FOBC REPLY

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