THE HEADSTONE PROJECT’S FIRST COMPLETED WAR GRAVE

Updated: 4 days ago

Harry Bunton Cameron (Service Number 3332)

Section 16 Pot 119 at Balmoral Cemetery.



Friends of Balmoral Cemetery are excited to announce the completion of the first War Grave resulting from work of the group to acknowledge all First World War soldier buried in unmarked graves in the Cemetery.

99 years after his death Harry Bunton Cameron now has a fine grave in Section 16.

Harry was born in 1881 in Glasgow. He married Elizabeth Shaw Neil on 29 April 1911 in Brisbane. After the marriage, Harry and Elizabeth lived in Harcourt Street, Fortitude Valley where Harry worked as a stonemason. They had four children, sons, Harry Shaw born in 1911, Archibald Neil (1912), Robert Bunton (1913) and a daughter Elizabeth Murray born 1915.

Harry served in the 6th Field Company Engineers. He embarked from Sydney aboard HMAT A40 Ceramic on24 November 1915. Harry joined the British Expeditionary Force at Alexandria 19 March 1916. The 6th Field Company Engineers, in which he served, was engaged in engineering works in the Villers-Bretonneux sector early July 1918. (Unit and Commanders’ War Diaries. AWM).On 6 November 1918, he was detached to the 2nd Division Engineers Headquarters. On 10 January 1919, Harry joined the 2nd Group at Hurdcott. He embarked on the HT Nestor at Liverpool to return to Australia on 20 May 1919.

That year he was living with his family at the A.M.E. Works at Cannon Hill again employed as a stonemason. Two years later, on 21 May 1921, aged 40 years, Harry passed away in Rosemount Hospital in Brisbane. Harry’s unmarked grave is in

The following year Elizabeth married again, to Walter Ernest Cratchley, a soldier who served in the 5th Field Coy Engineers. The couple appear to have lived at Cannon Hill. Walter passed away on 11 July 1969 and Elizabeth on 12 January 1980. Eldest son Harry Shaw Cameron established a Service Station in 1951 on the corner of Wynnum Rd and Muir Street Cannon Hill. Second son Archibald Cameron passed away on 25 March 1973. We have no trace for third son Robert and daughter Elizabeth married Conrad William Tonges on 27 April 1940.

FOBC had contact with 2 of Harry’s grandsons who provided letters of support that assisted this application.







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The Friends of Balmoral Cemetery Inc (or FOBC) was established on 28 July 2001, to preserve and enhance Brisbane’s historic Balmoral Cemetery.

Acknowledgments

Friends of Balmoral Cemetery Inc. are grateful for the assistance of many individuals and organisations for their ongoing support and for some of the information contained in this website:

 

  • Brisbane City Council, City Cemeteries

  • State Library of Queensland

  • Descendants of those who were laid to rest at Balmoral Cemetery

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