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Cemetery Details

Location Martyn Street, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Co‑ordinates S16.90787, E145.75353

Cairns War Cemetery contains 99 Commonwealth and 19 Dutch war graves of the Second World War.

Cairns was an important shipping port and air base during the last three years of the Second World War, 1942-45 and was the departure point for the final New Guniea and Borneo campaigns.  Its proximity to Papua and New Guinea and neighbouring islands made Carins an ideal headquarters for No 11 and No 20 Catalina reconnaissance bomber squadrons and as an embarkation port for Australia Forces.

Some of the servicmen buried at this site died in the General Military Hosptial from war-related wounds, accident or illness.

The Ciarns Cemetery contains 108 Second World War service burials, comprising 10 RAN and 1 Royal Netherlands Navy, 80 Australian Army and 17 RAAF.   All but 10 of these are grouped together in this special war plot.

There are also 8 Australian burials of the First World War.



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Service number VX78230
2nd/3rd Docks Operating Company
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)

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CRAWFORD, John Wilson

Service number NX378
11th Infantry Brigade Headquarters
Born 8 Jul 1899

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MCCOLL, Lindsay James Sutherland

Service number 405796
5 Communication Unit RAAF (Garbutt)
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 9 Jul 1920

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SIGG, Donald Bain

Service number 31199
Able Seaman
HMAS Warrnambool
Royal Australian Navy
Born 27 May 1928

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VASEY, George Alan

Service number VX9
Major General
Born 29 Mar 1895

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HAYES, Jerome Sutton

Service number SX7494
Born 16 Jun 1910

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ARMSTRONG, Horace William Hammond

Service number WX10534
General / Motor Transport Companies
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 8 Jan 1911

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LAHEY, James Vernon Stothard

Service number 405743
No. 20 Squadron (RAAF)
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 28 Mar 1909

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