Queensland faces behind the headstones at St Mary's Churchyard Cemetery in Harefield, UK

With news just out of England that the Anzac War Graves in St Mary's Churchyard Cemetery in Harefield, Middlesex were thoughtlessly vandalised for the second time this year, it's important to reflect on the lives of those Australian soldiers interred in each grave. Behind each headstone is a story of bravery and ultimately sacrifice, leaving behind family and friends to mourn their loss. The cemetery contains the graves of 112 Australia soldiers (including one nurse), who were treated at the nearby Harefield Hospital. Here are the faces of some of the Queenslanders who are interred at St Mary's Churchyard Cemetery.

Oscar Harold Jones (enlisted in Brisbane)


O.H. Jones A.M.C. The Queenslander Pictorial, supplement to the Queenslander, 25 March, 1916. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 702692-19160325-s0026-026

Date of Death - 23/06/1918

Age - 25

Rank - Private with Australian Army Medical Corps 13th Field Ambulance

Son of George Edward Richard and Elizabeth Ann Jones, of Oxley, Queensland

Records - Commonwealth War Grave Record / National Archives of Australia dossier

Charles Herbert West (enlisted in Rockhampton)


C.H. West - The Queenslander Pictorial, supplement to the Queenslander, 17 June, 1916. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 702692-160617-s0027-0061

Date of death - 06/11/1918

Age - 21

Rank - Sergeant with Australian Infantry, A.I.F. 42nd Battalion.

Son of George F. West, of Mount Morgan, Queensland, Australia

Records - Commonwealth War Grave Record / National Archives of Australia dossier

William Lauderdale Lingley (enlisted in Roma)


W.L. Lingley, Queenslander Pictorial, supplement to The Queenslander, 1 September, 1917. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 702692-19170901-0026

Date of death - 05/11/1918

Age - 27

Rank - Gunner with Australian Field Artillery, 2nd Div. Ammunition Col.

Son of William and Alice M. Lingley, of Muckadilla Hotel, Muckadilla, Queensland

Records - Commonwealth War Grave / National Archives of Australia dossier

Joseph Hogarth (enlisted in Brisbane)


J. Hogarth. The Queenslander Pictorial, supplement to the Queenslander, 2 October, 1915. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 702692-19151002-s0027-025

Date of death - 09/03/1918

Age - 39

Rank - Driver with Australian Infantry, A.I.F. 26th Battalion

Son of William and Ann Cuninghame Hogarth, of Balgownie, Cambooya, Queensland

Records - Commonwealth War Grave / National Archives of Australia dossier

John Thomas McCalla (enlisted in Bundaberg)


J.T. McCalla. Queenslanders who fought in the great war

Date of death - 25/05/1919

Age - 23

Rank - Private of Australian Infantry, A.I.F. 41st Battalion

Son of Peter Gilbraith McCalla and Mary McCalla, of Queensland

Records - Commonwealth War Grave / National Archives of Australia dossier

Myles Sinnamon - Project Coordinator, State Library of Queensland

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