Barmera (Upper Murray) Garden of Memory Cemetery

Cemetery Details

Location 131 McKenzie Road, Barmera, Berri and Barmera - South Australia, Australia
Co‑ordinates S34.264501, E140.442648
Description

131 McKenzie Road, Barmera, South Australia  5345

This Upper Murray Garden of Memory Cemetery is located to the right of the Barmera Cemetery.

The cemetery grave records are held and maintained Mr Bruce Lieven (0407 882 538).

The cemetery currently holds approximately 612 servicemen and women's records (as of 28/12/2015).

This cemetery was commended during WWII and managed by the Australian War Graves Commission.  After the cessation of fighting in 1945, the War Graves Commission handed over control to the local RSL sub-branches, from which delegates were elected to a committee to act as Trustees and to develop the cemetery as a War Memorial.  It was to be a cemetery, a last resting place for any Australian Ex-Service man or woman who had served in wartime in a fulltime capacity.  Any British or Allied Ex-Service man or woman was also eligble to be buried in the cemetery if he or she met the same criteria.

The Australian War Grave Commission survey 8 sections in the cemetery.  Each section was divided into 4 rows of 16 grave plots – each section containing 64 grave plots, making 512 plots in the original survey. 

An additional 28 plots were later survey between the two rear sections B and D.

The Sections are identified by the letters A to J.

The Rows are identified by letters A-B-C-D in each section.

The Grave Plots are each numbered by the numerals 1 to 16.

By looking at the attached plan you will see that the numbering of each row begins at the northern end, which is the end nearest the adjoining civilian “Barmera Cemetery”.

On entering from McKenzie Road (western side of this cemetery), Section G is on your left and Section H is on your right.   Further forward Section E is on your left and Section F on the right.

The road is lined with large conifer trees, with remembrance plaques of servicemen and women and the foot of each plant.

The road ends in a T-junction as you approach the Cross of Sacrifice.

Immediately to the left of the Cross of Sacrifice is Section A, and Section C to the right.   While beyond the Cross of Sacrifice Section B is beyond to the left (behind A) and Section D to the right (behind C).   The additional 28 grave plots , in four short rows of 7 plots each, are between Sections B and D and are numbered 17 to 23 onwards from Section B.

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan,  28/12/2015.  Lest we forget.

 

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Names

Showing 8 people of interest from cemetery

HATCH, John Joseph

Service number 686
Sergeant
43rd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 17 May 1889

KAIN, Lawrence

Service number S1572
Private
25/33 Garrison Battalion (SA)
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 4 Aug 1888

STEPHENS, William Edward

Service number S51039
Private
Born 15 Jun 1906

CARTER, Howard Robert

Service number 19965
Bombardier
8th Field Artillery Brigade
AIF WW1
Born 19 Sep 1893

PAGE, Leslie Arthur

Service number S27072
Private
2nd/9th Australian General Hospital
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 3 Oct 1914

GROSE, Eric Allan

Service number PA3047
Stoker
HMAS Torrens (Depot) / HMAS Encounter (Shore)
Royal Australian Navy
Born 31 Dec 1922

LOVEDAY, Roy Thomas

Service number SX6866
Warrant Officer Class 2
2nd/48th Infantry Battalion
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 7 Aug 1904

ELLEWAY, Lionel Leonard

Service number 1909
Corporal
48th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 24 Apr 1894