Brighton General Cemetery - Honouring 'Forgotten War Veterans'

On Sunday, April 6 at Brighton General Cemetery, twenty-five ‘forgotten’ World War 1 veterans were honoured at a special dedication service, with their graves officially recognised by the Office of Australian War Graves. Families from around Australia attended the moving service, which SMCT held in conjunction with the RSL, Victorian Branch and the Brighton Cemetorians.

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From 2009 to 2013, a small number of volunteers, working from Brighton General Cemetery, located many bare gravesites and found that many held the remains of returned soldiers who served during
World War 1.

The Office of Australian War Graves has now provided each of these gravesites with full concrete grave cover and a plaque commemorating their service.

Jonathan Tribe, Chief Executive Officer of SMCT, which administers Brighton General Cemetery said, “I commend the dedicated team of volunteers at Brighton General Cemetery and the Victorian Branch of the RSL for their diligent and painstaking research to establish the identities of these forgotten soldiers.  This is a great endeavour, not just for the veteran’s families, but for the wider community,” he said.

This significant commemoration was featured on both the Channel 9 and ABC News on the evening of the service.