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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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

Harefield, England. The ANZAC Cemetery which contained the remains of Australians who died at No 1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital. Australian War Memorial collection

Harefield, England. The ANZAC Cemetery which contained the remains of Australians who died at No 1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital. Australian War Memorial collection

Children laying flowers on the graves in the Australian War Cemetery at St Mary's Harefield Church, during the Anzac Day service, 1948. Australian War Memorial Collection

Children laying flowers on the graves in the Australian War Cemetery at St Mary's Harefield Church, during the Anzac Day service, 1948. Australian War Memorial Collection

Myles Sinnamon - Project Coordinator, State Library of Queensland

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