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Cemetery Details

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

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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KIRKWOOD, Frederic Laurence Nicholas

Service number NX20150
Major
7th Division Headquarters
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 27 Oct 1906

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STEPHEN, David Arthur

Service number SX12772
Corporal
2nd/5th Independent Company
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 3 May 1920

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DOHERTY, Edward Neil

Service number QX27006
Private
2nd/15th Infantry Battalion
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 27 May 1911

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DONALD, Ernest James

Service number TX1223
Signalman
Born 10 May 1917

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COUSENS, Joseph Arthur

Service number QX1766
Private
Born 16 Oct 1903

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