WWI returned servicemen recognised

Seven WWI returned servicemen buried in unmarked graves at Gardens Road Cemetery have finally had their sacrifice properly commemorated with headstones and plaques.

The servicemen commemorated with a new headstone are Larrakia man Robert Shepherd, Thomas Cody, Tom Cumming, George Elmer, Eric Erlandson, John McMillan and John Newton.

The group includes a Military Medal recipient for gallantry and devotion to duty, a Queen’s South Africa Medal recipient, two members of the Light Horse regiment, a buffalo shooter and a light-weight boxer.

The headstones were paid for by the Northern Territory Government as part of its four year, $4.5 million program of events and commemorations for the ANZAC Centenary.

The City of Darwin has provided significant in-kind support to this project, preparing and laying the headstones.