Dan J - They Served

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Digger of the month: 61898, V80989, VX30249, V6866 Private Gordon McKay, 23 Battalion; 12 Garrison Battalion and LHQ Prov. School (1898-1959). Buried in an unmarked public grave at Springvale Botanical Cemetery, VIC.

Currently putting together a list of servicemen in unmarked graves at local cemeteries. So far 98 awaiting further research, 6 applications for new headstones approved (see virtual cemetery no. 1), 1 application rejected.

I also manage the Facebook page "They Served" and Instagram page "they_served_aus" focusing on Australian veterans in unmarked graves. (See Virtual Cemetery No. 2 for previous stories).

The people whose memorials that I create and manage are not all related to me.
I am located in Victoria, Australia.

Edits to correct information are welcome (and encouraged!) Feel free to message me for any reason through the send message button at the top of this page. If you are related to the person whose memorial I manage, I can transfer ownership of it over to you if you would like it. Just send a request and state your relation. I am not obligated to transfer memorials outside of FindAGrave guidelines. If I have made a duplicate, please tell me and I will remove it.

*If I have completed a photo request for you, a simple thanks would be appreciated.* If you want to use my photos for something, please give credit to me. Don't steal them and claim them as yours. DO NOT CROP MY PHOTO AND UPLOAD IT TO THE SAME MEMORIAL BEFORE ASKING ME!

On some memorials, the death date may be the burial date. Sometimes I try and calculate a birth year if I know their age at death. I do this to try and give people looking an increased chance of finding a relative, as it makes it easier to find memorials.
I collect old photographs, and if I find one with a name on the back, I will try to add it to a memorial.

If I have made a mistake when transcribing an image, and I do not manage the memorial, please bring this issue up with the memorial manager.

"I slept in the great gum forest,
By one of its mountain streams,
Where tenderest touches and sounds
Mingled themselves with my dreams.
The stream, round a boulder's breast,
Rippled, as ripples the sea,
And over it swayed fern-fronds
Wafted me, darling, to thee;
So swiftly my darling to thee."
― (Ellen Clerk Songs from the Gippsland Forest, 1887)

"A stone upon her heart and head,
But no name written on that stone;
Sweet neighbours whisper low instead,
This sinner was a loving one."
― Elizabeth Barrett Browning, 1846.

What does (Expired) mean for memorials at Springvale Botanical Cemetery? It means that the tenure on the memorial has expired, and if not renewed, the ashes will be disinterred and scattered on the grounds. The plaque will be recycled. To renew, contact the cemetery office to make arrangements.

Digger of the month: 61898, V80989, VX30249, V6866 Private Gordon McKay, 23 Battalion; 12 Garrison Battalion and LHQ Prov. School (1898-1959). Buried in an unmarked public grave at Springvale Botanical Cemetery, VIC.

Currently putting together a list of servicemen in unmarked graves at local cemeteries. So far 98 awaiting further research, 6 applications for new headstones approved (see virtual cemetery no. 1), 1 application rejected.

I also manage the Facebook page "They Served" and Instagram page "they_served_aus" focusing on Australian veterans in unmarked graves. (See Virtual Cemetery No. 2 for previous stories).

The people whose memorials that I create and manage are not all related to me.
I am located in Victoria, Australia.

Edits to correct information are welcome (and encouraged!) Feel free to message me for any reason through the send message button at the top of this page. If you are related to the person whose memorial I manage, I can transfer ownership of it over to you if you would like it. Just send a request and state your relation. I am not obligated to transfer memorials outside of FindAGrave guidelines. If I have made a duplicate, please tell me and I will remove it.

*If I have completed a photo request for you, a simple thanks would be appreciated.* If you want to use my photos for something, please give credit to me. Don't steal them and claim them as yours. DO NOT CROP MY PHOTO AND UPLOAD IT TO THE SAME MEMORIAL BEFORE ASKING ME!

On some memorials, the death date may be the burial date. Sometimes I try and calculate a birth year if I know their age at death. I do this to try and give people looking an increased chance of finding a relative, as it makes it easier to find memorials.
I collect old photographs, and if I find one with a name on the back, I will try to add it to a memorial.

If I have made a mistake when transcribing an image, and I do not manage the memorial, please bring this issue up with the memorial manager.

"I slept in the great gum forest,
By one of its mountain streams,
Where tenderest touches and sounds
Mingled themselves with my dreams.
The stream, round a boulder's breast,
Rippled, as ripples the sea,
And over it swayed fern-fronds
Wafted me, darling, to thee;
So swiftly my darling to thee."
― (Ellen Clerk Songs from the Gippsland Forest, 1887)

"A stone upon her heart and head,
But no name written on that stone;
Sweet neighbours whisper low instead,
This sinner was a loving one."
― Elizabeth Barrett Browning, 1846.

What does (Expired) mean for memorials at Springvale Botanical Cemetery? It means that the tenure on the memorial has expired, and if not renewed, the ashes will be disinterred and scattered on the grounds. The plaque will be recycled. To renew, contact the cemetery office to make arrangements.

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