Honouring Our Fallen

If elected in March 2018, a Marshall Liberal Government will commit $30,000 towards the Headstone Project to ensure our First World war veterans are appropriately commemorated.

The Problem

It is estimated there are a thousand unmarked graves in South Australia for First World War veterans and as many as 12,000 such graves nationally.

In 2011, ‘The Headstone Project’ was founded in Tasmania to do something about this so these veterans would no longer be anonymous, their service would be recognised, and their families would be given a place to mourn.

A simple headstone was designed that included a bronze plaque including the person’s service emblem and cross, the person’s number, rank and name; the unit they served with and some personal details.

The State Liberals' Plan

If elected in March 2018, a Marshall Liberal Government will commit $30,000 towards the Headstone Project to ensure our First World war veterans are appropriately commemorated.

These headstones memorialise the final resting place of those who served in the First World War who died of causes unrelated to their service – it is a poignant tribute and a worthy project to recognise their service.

We will partner with the Headstone Project, local government and local history groups to ensure there is funding to ensure these servicemen receive the recognition they deserve.

South Australia’s first headstone dedication occurred on Remembrance Day in Port Pirie, honouring Archibald John Kenneth McVicar, whose granddaughter was there for the unveiling.

Part of our plan for SA