Dedication 5th December 2020

A headstone and memorial dedication for eight WWI veterans was conducted at Willaston Cemetery on Saturday, 5th December 2020 at 11:00AM

WW1 Veterans

Private John Bald, 50th Australian Infantry Battalion
Corporal David Crosbie, 3rd Light Railway Operating Company
Lance Corporal John Patrick Dwyer Grace, 24th Australian Infantry Battalion
Private Albert Horace Hillman, 5th Australian Field Ambulance
Private Roy Sydney Loader, 10th Infantry Battalion
Private John Frederick William Matz, 32nd Australian Infantry Battalion
Private William Nicholas Starkey, 11th Australian Field Ambulance

The Headstone Project in Queensland

Queensland has started on the journey.

After some research in 2018, the Goondiwindi RSL sub-branch found 4 World War 1 diggers without a headstone . They made a mould, ordered plaques and made their own.  A dedication ceremony was held with local MPs and was well supported by the township. The mould is available to anyone who might need it.

Please check back frequently as activity is starting to build.

The Headstone Project in Tasmania

In 2011 the founding members of The Tasmanian Headstone Project became aware of the fact that there were a number of returned veterans from the First World War who were buried at Cornelian Bay Cemetery in Hobart but who had no marker or headstone on their plot.  In many cases these were men who had seen action at Gallipoli, the Western Front and in the Middle East.  Some had returned wounded as a result, possibly changed in many ways from what they had been part of and from what they had witnessed while there – the sights, sounds and smells of battle that would live with them for the rest of their lives.  Starting with a list of about 20 or so names we then wondered and speculated about how many others there might be buried here.  With the help of Millingtons Cemeteries who has supported this project since its inception, we started to work through the records section by section looking for any First World War veteran who was buried in an unmarked grave  – to date, with this work still incomplete the number is well over 200 and could be as high as 250 by the time we finish. 

In the mean time we have become aware of others buried in other cemeteries throughout the state – just how many then state wide is still a matter for further research and hopefully having other groups or organisations involved.

The Headstone Project in South Australia

We are a group of South Australians who were inspired by the efforts of people in Tasmania to locate the graves of soldiers and nurses who had served their country, returned to Australia and now lie in unmarked graves.

In 2010, John Trethewey, a Tasmanian historian researching World War 1 veterans, discovered that some were in unmarked graves. That led to the Families and Friends of the First AIF in Tasmania starting The Headstone Project.  After eight years of effort, led by Andrea and Ron Gerrard — researching, finding families, planning, fundraising and erecting headstones — the group dedicated the last of 316 previously unmarked veterans’ graves in Hobart’s Cornelian Bay cemetery in December 2018. 

John Brownlie and Neil Rossiter were the duo that developed The Headstone Project South Australia from 2016 to 2018. They set about engaging sponsors, and their first headstone was unveiled in 2017. Now, with 30 members, we are entering an exciting phase with a stream of research leading to regular dedications of graves.