port moresby (bomana) war cemetery

PORT MORESBY (BOMANA) WAR CEMETERY

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PORT MORESBY (BOMANA) WAR CEMETERY​

HISTORY INFORMATION
After the Japanese landed at Lae and Salamaua in March 1942, Port Moresby became their chief objective. They decided to attack by sea, and assembled an amphibious expedition for the purpose, which set out early in May, but they were intercepted and heavily defeated by American air and naval forces in the Coral Sea, and what remained of the Japanese expedition returned to Rabaul. After this defeat they decided to advance on Port Moresby overland and the attack was launched from Buna and Gona in September 1942.

Early in 1942, and almost without resistance, the Japanese established a considerable force and developed a useful base on Bougainville, the largest and most northerly of the Solomon Islands. This they held until Americans and Australians began offensive operations towards the end of 1943, when Bougainville was the only one of these islands remaining in Japanese hands. By August 1945, when the Japanese surrendered, most of the island had been recovered.

Those who died in the fighting in Papua and Bougainville are buried in PORT MORESBY (BOMANA) WAR CEMETERY, their graves brought in by the Australian Army Graves Service from burial grounds in the areas where the fighting had taken place.

The unidentified soldiers of the United Kingdom forces were all from the Royal Artillery, captured by the Japanese at the fall of Singapore; they died in captivity and were buried on the island of Bailale in the Solomons. These men were later re-buried in a temporary war cemetery at Torokina on Bougainville Island before being transferred to their permanent resting place at Port Moresby.

The cemetery contains 3,824 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 699 of them unidentified. There is also 1 Non war and 1 Dutch Foreign National burials here. The cemetery was designed by Mr. A.G. Robertson and was unveiled by the Governor-General of Australia, Field Marshal Slim, on 19 October 1953.

The PORT MORESBY MEMORIAL stands behind the cemetery and commemorates almost 750 men of the Australian Army (including Papua and New Guinea local forces), the Australian Merchant Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force who lost their lives in the operations in Papua and who have no known graves. Men of the Royal Australian Navy who died in the south-west Pacific region, and have no known grave but the sea, are commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial in England, along with many of their comrades of the Royal Navy and of other Commonwealth Naval Forces. Bougainville casualties who have no known graves are commemorated on a memorial at Suva, Fiji.
  1. RAN BEACH COMMANDOS Band, John Morrel

    SURNAME Band FORENAME John Morrel UNIT R.A.N.R. (HMAS Basilisk) (Beach Party) RANK Lieutenant Commander NUMBER DATE OF DEATH 23rd September 1943 AGE 41 GRAVESITE Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery,Papua New Guinea B5.C.23 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION born 22.3.1902 son of John...
  2. AUSTRALIAN COMMANDOS Smith, Stanford Hamilton

    SURNAME Smith FORENAME Stanford Hamilton UNIT 2/8 Commando Squadron RANK Lieutenant NUMBER SX22393 DATE OF DEATH 10th July 1945 AGE 25 GRAVESITE Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery,Papua New Guinea C1.F.24 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION son of Morton Algernon and Mary Smith...
  3. AUSTRALIAN COMMANDOS Smalley, Edward Joseph

    SURNAME Smalley FORENAME Edward Joseph UNIT former 2/3 Independent Company RANK Private NUMBER NX39846 DATE OF DEATH 7th September 1943 AGE 28 GRAVESITE Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery,Papua New Guinea C1.E.8 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION born Mortdale,New South Wales son of...
  4. AUSTRALIAN COMMANDOS Shrimpton, Ronald Courtney

    SURNAME Shrimpton FORENAME Ronald Courtney UNIT 2/3 Independent Company RANK Lieutenant NUMBER VX46500 DATE OF DEATH 22nd August 1943 AGE 28 GRAVESITE Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery,Papua New Guinea C1.B.4 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION born Melbourne,Victoria son of Walter...
  5. AUSTRALIAN COMMANDOS Matheson, Donald George Melbourne

    SURNAME Matheson FORENAME Donald George Melbourne UNIT 2/3 Commando Squadron RANK Lieutenant Colonel NUMBER WX11483 DATE OF DEATH 30th January 1944 AGE 39 GRAVESITE Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery,Papua New Guinea A3.F.4 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION born 1904 Waiki,New...
  6. AUSTRALIAN COMMANDOS Keatinge, Austin Sedgwick (Aussie)

    SURNAME Keatinge FORENAME Austin Sedgwick (Aussie) UNIT 2/3 Independent Company RANK Private NUMBER NX77895 DATE OF DEATH 14th May 1943 AGE 20 GRAVESITE Port Moresby Memorial,Papua New Guinea Panel 2 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION born Wahroonga,New South Wales son of Arthur...
  7. AUSTRALIAN COMMANDOS Hutchings, George William

    SURNAME Hutchings FORENAME George William UNIT 2/3 Independent Company RANK Lance Corporal NUMBER NX41704 DATE OF DEATH 6th February 1943 AGE 22 GRAVESITE Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery,Papua New Guinea A1.B.11 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION born Trundle,New South Wales son...
  8. AUSTRALIAN COMMANDOS Hetherington, Ormond Thomas

    SURNAME Hetherington FORENAME Ormond Thomas UNIT 2/3 Independent Company RANK Private NUMBER VX36692 DATE OF DEATH 30th May 1943 AGE 30 GRAVESITE Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery,Papua New Guinea A1.D.6 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION born 18.03.1913 Bea Lake, Victoria son of...
  9. ZSU Whitworth, John Hayes

    SURNAME Whitworth FORENAME John Hayes UNIT A.I.F. RANK Private NUMBER NX 162064 DATE OF DEATH 1st July 1945 AGE 20 GRAVESITE Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery,Papa New Guinea C8.A.15 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION son of Samuel Edward and Estelle Ivy...
  10. ZSU McFerran-Rogers, Scobell

    SURNAME McFerran-Rogers FORENAME Scobell UNIT A.I.F. RANK Lieutenant NUMBER WX 35727 DATE OF DEATH 20th June 1945 AGE 34 GRAVESITE Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery,Papua New Guinea C8.A.16 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION born 28.12.1910 Nottingham,England (official records)...
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