A MILITARY GRAVEYARD left neglected and vandalised for many years at Taurama Barracks in Port Moresby has been restored after a combined effort of the Port Moresby RSL and the Australian Defence Force.
The decrepit state of the cemetery was brought to light by former Army education officer Terry Edwinsmith in an article in PNG Attitude last year.
Two years ago, Terry had also written the story of one of the graveyard’s most celebrated inhabitants, Warrant Officer Frederick Wilson.
“It was a great honour and privilege to be a part of this small but important service,” said Mick Rice, Secretary of the Port Moresby Sub Branch of the Returned and Services League of Australia.
Among those attending the service were Colonel Dick Parker (Australian Defence Attaché to PNG), Glenn Maitland (President of the Port Moresby RSL Sub Branch), Ken Noga (ex-Commander of the PNGDF), Jason Daniels (Office of Australian War Graves), Captain Jake Osborne (ADF Liaison Officer to 1 Battalion Royal Pacific Islands Regiment), the current Commanding Officer of 1 RPIR, Major Phil Maxwell (Sub Branch Chaplain) and Major Deslea Maxwell (Sub Branch Chaplain).