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Cemetery Details

Location Cnr Kennedy Highway and Rockley Road, Atherton, Tablelands - Queensland, Australia
Co‑ordinates S17.27627, E145.49389

Atherton War Cemetery is a heritage-listed cemetery at the corner of Kennedy Highway and Rockley Road, Atherton, Tablelands Region, Queensland, Australia.

It was built in 1942 and was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 19 November 2010

"During the last 3 years of the Second World War 1945-45, the Atherton tablelands area served as a major base and training area for Australian Troops involved in action in New Guinea, Bougainville and the later landings at Aitape - Wewak, Tarakan, Labuan and Balikpapan. Australia's 6th, 7th and 9th Divisions were based in the Atherton region, and from here the Air Force struck at the Japanese pressing down from the north and north-west.  Many of the servicemen buried at this site died in local military hospitals from war-realted wounds, accident or illness.

The Atherton War Cemetery contains 164 burials, comprising 151 Australian Army, 12 RAAF and 1 YMCA Member.



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DONALD, Ernest James

Service number TX1223
Born 10 May 1917

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STEPHEN, David Arthur

Service number SX12772
2nd/5th Independent Company
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 3 May 1920

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MORCOM, Bruce Donald

Service number SX15930
Born 22 Jan 1915

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BROCK, Geoffrey Hutton

Service number VX22
Lieutenant Colonel

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DOHERTY, Edward Neil

Service number QX27006
2nd/15th Infantry Battalion
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 27 May 1911

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KIRKWOOD, Frederic Laurence Nicholas

Service number NX20150
7th Division Headquarters
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 27 Oct 1906

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BURNS, Norman John

Service number 422019
Warrant Officer
Born 2 Mar 1919

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COUSENS, Joseph Arthur

Service number QX1766
Born 16 Oct 1903

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