We are pleased to announce that the South Australian Government is supporting the activities of The Headstone Project in South Australia by awarding us a grant for the next three years. This provides us with a high level of financial certainty, and will enable us to further our work across the state. Our thanks go out to the Premier and Minister for Veterans Affairs Steven Marshall for this display of confidence in what we are seeking to achieve.
15-year-old Lara Dawson has discovered the unmarked grave of a WWI veteran – the father-in-law of Australia’s eighteenth Prime Minister Sir John McEwen. The Headstone Project SA will dedicate a military service headstone to Private Byrne, 99 years after he was buried in an unmarked, dirt plot at West Terrace Cemetery. Read the full article on The Advertiser.
On June 27th, 2021, the Headstone Project in conjunction with the Macclesfield RSL unveiled and dedicated the Headstones of two veterans of WWI.
Alexander Mallinson was an AIF medic assigned to the 3rd Australian General Hospital. He served in Egypt, Mudros (treating Gallipoli wounded), England and France.
Jane Mallinson (nee Sweeney) MiD was a nurse in the Australian Army Nursing Corps and served in Egypt, England and France. She was assigned to the 2nd Australian General Hospital. She escorted badly wounded soldiers from England back to Australia, before returning to the theatre of war in France. It was while nursing in France that she met the man who was to later become her husband.
The service was attended by family members including the 95 year old Andrew Bray, a nephew of Jane Mallinson. Paul Lemar, Public Officer with the Macclesfield RSL led the service, and dignitaries who attended included;
Rebekha Sharkie MP, Member for Mayo
Josh Teague MP, Member for Heysen and Speaker of the House of Assembly
The Right Reverend Keith Dalby, Bishop of the Diocese of the Murray
Lt. Col. Craig Schmeider, CO 3rd Health Support Bn., Australian Army.
A headstone and memorial dedication for eight WWI veterans was conducted at Willaston Cemetery on Saturday, 5th December 2020 at 11:00AM
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