Thursday, October 19, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
Following her war memorial research and documentation, Lyn Burke is reaching out for local’s help.
Lyn Burke, and her associate Lloyd Fox, have dedicated much of their time to uncovering the local servicemen and women of the Whitsundays.
They are dedicated to ensuring a suitable resting place for them and giving a reprieve to their families.
Recently, the pair discovered several names of men who do not have a headstone, and their graves are only marked with white crosses, within Proserpine Cemetery.
The Whitsunday Old Iron Restorers Club have embarked on a project to install headstones on these graves and while Lyn and Lloyd have managed to find family members of most of the men to ask permission to instal the headstone, some remain unknown.
“We hope to give each of the men a headstone, however, we wish to reach out to family first and get their permission,” Lyn said.
“If no family steps forward, we will move forward with the headstones, but I wish to try every avenue beforehand.”
To claim a serviceman as family, please contact Lyn Burke on 4947 2647, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you know these men?
WW1 Number Battalion DOD
ANTHONY JAMES ARENA 3288 5THLHR 7.12.193
FREDERICK HERBERT DAVIS 4661 30THBATT 24.1.1970
ALBERT GREEN LIEUTENANT 4 HQ 28.8.1937
JOHN HARRINGTON 1910 2NDBATT 15.9.1933
JOSEPH LEARY 7600 14THBATT 8.9.1922
EDWARD PACKETT BOARW & 2228 49THBATT 6.8.1945
THOMAS PUGSLEY 3905 4THPIONEER 26.12.1944
THOMAS REID BRITISH ARMY - 17.11.1940
GEORGE USHER 218/Q224684 11TH LHR 17.2.1948
EDWARD JACKSON Q34502 31STBATT 10.4.1972
ALEC LENNIG QX27703 2/56 LAD 29.12.1961
SYDNEY MCNEILL 123518 A/FORCE 21.11.1978