In July this year at the Ballarat and District Genealogical Society I heard an excellent talk about World War 1 commemoration in Ballarat cemeteries by Barry Snowden, a trustee of the Ballarat Cemeteries Trust. To date over 940 men who served in World War 1 have been identified as buried or memorialised in Ballarat cemeteries. About 400 of their graves are maintained by the Office of the Australian War Graves Commission. Snowden's project which is expected to result in a book about the men remembered in the Ballarat cemeteries.
My visit yesterday was not systematic and did not cover all of the cemetery.
My exceedingly observant husband and I found the following men buried or memorialised at the cemetery:
- Hartigan, Clarence Victor. Killed in France aged 20 years.
- Leersen, Albert Henry , 39th Battalion, died 6 September 1952. Area: Protestant Section: A 3 6 Grave: 643
- Lindsay, Frank, 9867, 22nd Battalion, died 11 August 1958. Area: Roman Catholic Section: D 3 5 Grave: 704
|The rifle is a Lee-Enfield .303, used by British troops from 1895 to 1957, in both the Boer War and the First World War.|
The funeral of Clarence Hartigan's brother Michael was reported in the Argus:
|FUNERAL OF A RETURNED. SOLDIER. (1901, August 13). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), p. 5. Retrieved September 15, 2014, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article10566278|
The memorial headstone was erected in 1903.
|SOUTH AFRICA. (1903, January 20). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), p. 5. Retrieved September 15, 2014, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article9815568|
- Robinson, Robert Webster, 21st Battalion, died 14 April 1972.
- Wrigley, John Aloysius, 3300 58th Battalion, died 2 September 1948. Area: Roman Catholic Section: DD 2 3 Grave: 608
The OAWG erects and maintains graves where the death is attributable to war service. The Avoca cemetery has 21 graves for which the OAWG has arranged official commemoration. Of these 16 are for men who served in World War I. Two or three of these 16 probably are buried in Avoca, Tasmania rather than Avoca, Victoria. There are others of the 16 who were not associated with the Avoca district during the war.
|Name||Service number||Year of death||Grave location|
|DRIVER||William Henry||1915||Area: Protestant|
|MITCHELL||Thomas Trebilcock||955||1969||Area: Protestant|
|NICHOLSON||William G||3845||1920||Area: Protestant|
|LEERSEN||Albert Henry||1861||1952||Area: Protestant Section: A 3 6 Grave: 643|
|GREENWOOD||Harold James||1852||1930||Area: Protestant Section: A 7 14 Grave: 428|
|WILSON||George Lancelot||4641||1937||Area: Protestant Section: A 8 16 Grave: 487|
|JARDINE||William Edward||2772||1954||Area: Protestant Section: B 11 3 Grave: 540|
|BARNETT||Maurice||6712||1948||Area: Protestant Section: B 13 7 Grave: 605|
|HENDERSON||John Hamilton||1915||Area: Protestant Section: CC 1 2 Grave: 291|
|LINDSAY||Frank||9867||1958||Area: Roman Catholic Section: D 3 5 Grave: 704|
|WRIGLEY||John Aloysius||3300||1948||Area: Roman Catholic Section: DD 2 3 Grave: 608|
|HUMPHREY||William J||1721||1934||Area: Unden Section: C Grave: 486|
|BADKIN||Sydney||1792||1963||Unknown – maybe Avoca,Tasmania|
|PYKE||Henry James||5163||1966||Unknown – maybe Avoca,Tasmania|
|VINEY||Louis Gordon||25||1953||Unknown – maybe Avoca,Tasmania|