PAYING TRIBUTE: Margaret Wroe (left) with Milton Leitch, Karen Baxter and (front) Jenni Pioch will organise local youth service groups to place poppies on every military man and woman's grave sites in the cemeteries of the Fraser Coast for the centenary of Armistice Day.
PAYING TRIBUTE: Margaret Wroe (left) with Milton Leitch, Karen Baxter and (front) Jenni Pioch will organise local youth service groups to place poppies on every military man and woman's grave sites in the cemeteries of the Fraser Coast for the centenary of Armistice Day. Boni Holmes

Idea blooms from Armistice centenary

TO CELEBRATE 100 years of Armistice Day, Margaret Wroe has a vision to put a poppy on every soldiers grave.

Margaret said what started off as a small plan with Maryborough Cemetery's former supervisor Josh Sauer has now grown.

Margaret is part of a small group, The Friends of the Cemetery, who clean the grave sites in the Maryborough monumental cemetery.

"I got this idea for Armistice Day out at the cemetery because it is 100 years," Margaret said.

"I had a vision that we would put a poppy on every soldiers grave.

"And that has developed into each military man or woman at rest in the cemeteries of the Fraser Coast."

Margaret said she started the idea a couple of years ago.

"I have walked every row in every cemetery to get them all - it was the only way to do it," she said.

"Josh help me with the planning of how we were going to go about this - it was very clear in my mind."

Prior to organising youth service groups to lay the poppies, Margaret with a few of the Friends of the Cemetery were going to put the poppies on the graves.

 

Poppies will be placed on every military man and woman's grave sites in the cemeteries of the Fraser Coast for the centenary of Armistice Day.
Poppies will be placed on every military man and woman's grave sites in the cemeteries of the Fraser Coast for the centenary of Armistice Day. Boni Holmes

The Friends of the Cemetery under the auspice of the Fraser Coast Regional Council.

"I spoke to George Seymour because I needed to know that council was in favour of this and it would go ahead," Margaret said.

"George said it was a great idea and suggested we do the crematoriums as well.

"Talking with George made me rethink a few things - and we have decided to included our local guides and scouts and defence force cadets - this is a component of their service to their groups' code.

"There is over a thousand graves over all the cemeteries from Munna Creek, Tiaro, Howard, Pialba, Maryborough and the two crematoriums."

Margaret felt is was a big deal and has also been working with the Maryborough Family History Society, where she has been a member for 30 years.

"We have asked via Facebook on the Maryborough Family History Society site for people who knew of people who served in the world wars whether in a marked or even an unmarked grave," she said.

"The society is also wanting photos, military service, cemetery and a grave number if possible to add to their research database.

"I wasn't sure how to find out if there were any unmarked graves - because they deserve to be recognised.

"We found a lady in the cemetery who was a nurse in the war in an unmarked grave and through the society's Facebook page were informed of two soldiers graves."

If you have any information on a military person buried in the Fraser Coast you can contact Margaret at margaretwroe @bigpond.com or message the Maryborough Family History Society Facebook page.



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