2015 – 10 – 2 – Day 0 – They Lie Sleeping at Bomana

We lost over 300 Illawarra men in war service in WW2 and of these about 36  lie, or are commemorated,  at Bomana CWGC Cemetery in Port Moresby. These 36 men perished at Kokoda, Milne Bay, Gona, Sanananda,  Buna – Cape Endaiadere, Port Moresby, Shaggy Ridge, Bougainville, Nadzab, Madang and other places in New Guinea.

We will be visiting Bomana in Port Moresby PNG on October 10 2015 to photograph their graves/memorials and have poppies laid there. The poppies were made by several Guides from the Woonona Girl Guides Unit, as part of their service activities for their Junior Baden Powell Award. On our return to Australia, the aim is to upload the photographs to Find A Grave for Bomana CWGC Military Cemetery website.

Bomana at Port Moresby holds the largest number of Illawarra WW2 Servicemen’s Graves – others are buried from Egypt to England to France and beyond.

PS. There are another 24 Illawarra men buried at Lae in PNG – however we didn’t get there on this trip – which makes 60 Illawarra men buried in PNG during WW2.

Bomana Cemetery Port Moresby PNG

Bomana Cemetery Port Moresby PNG

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ANLEZARK, Reginald Frederick Kurri Kurri Corrimal Paddington Papua New Guinea August 25, 1943 26 Port Moresby War Cemetery – NX28037 – 2/6th Armoured Regiment AIF – Service Record  – died 2/9th Australian General Hospital at 17 Mile out of Port MoresbyAnlezark Reginald
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BLAMEY, Jack Murray Dulwich Hill, NSW Wollongong Paddington Papua New Guinea November 26, 1942 Port Moresby War Cemetery, PNG – NX34853 – 2/2nd Battalion AIF – Service Record not yet digitised – died Sanananda
BRAY, Colin James Thirroul Petersham, NSW Paddington Papua New Guinea March 13, 1944 23 Port Moresby War Cemetery, PNG – NX97238 – 7th Division Provost Company AIF – Service Record  – died Markham Ramu ValleysBray Colin
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CAMERON, Charles Reuben England Woonona Dapto Papua New Guinea March 1, 1945 25 Port Moresby War Cemetery, PNG – NX128145 – 2/25th Battalion AIF – Service Record  – no photograph included in service record – died Bougainville
COLLINS, Darrel George Waverley, NSW Wollongong Richmond, NSW Papua New Guinea July 29, 1940 21 Port Moresby Memorial, PNG accident  – 2988 – 11 Squadron (Catalinas) RAAF – Service Record not yet scanned  – Accident Report not yet scanned – died Solomons flight
CRIMMINS, Colin James Wollongong Port Kembla Dapto Papua New Guinea December 28, 1942 20 Port Moresby Memorial, PNG – NX130650 – 2/10th Battalion AIF – Service Record – no photograph in service record – died Cape Endaiadere Buna
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DICKSON, Howard Joseph Parkes Wollongong Dapto Papua New Guinea January 27, 1945 38 Port Moresby Memorial, PNG – NX125074 – 2/34th Battalion – 2/6th Commandos Army Catering Corps AIF – Service Record – no photograph included in service record – died Torricelli Mountains
DUFF, Gordon Wallace Auckland Corrimal Wollongong Papua New Guinea October 24, 1942 27 Port Moresby War Cemetery – NX4802 – 2/3rd Battalion AIF – Service Record –  died Kokoda
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HALE, Gordon James Adelaide Coniston Paddington Papua New Guinea November 27, 1942 23 Port Moresby War Cemetery, PNG – NX15342 – 2/3rd Battalion AIF Service Record not yet digitised – died Sanananda
HAYES, Patrick William Wollongong Wollongong Cowra Papua New Guinea May 1, 1945 19 Port Moresby War Cemetery, PNG – NX176681 – 2/58-59 Battalion AIF –  Service Record  – died BougainvilleHayes
HAZELTON, John Martin Shellharbour Shellharbour Paddington Papua New Guinea November 20, 1942 25 Port Moresby Memorial, PNG – NX17971 – 2/1st Battalion AIF – Service Record not yet digitised – died Sanananda
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JONES, Cecil John Woonona Unknown Sydney Papua New Guinea April 3, 1944 21 Port Moresby War Cemetery, PNG – S5192 – various ships – based at HMAS Ladava Milne Bay  Navy- Service Record – no photograph included in service record – died Milne Bay
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LEGA, Arthur Lovell Bulli Redfern Forest Lodge Papua New Guinea December 19, 1942 19 Port Moresby Memorial, PNG – NGN1158 – 2/55-53 Battalion AIF – Service Record – no photograph included in service record – died Sanananda
LEIGHTON, Lancelot Arthur Chatswood Corrimal Sandy Creek, SA Papua New Guinea January 19, 1943 21 Port Moresby Memorial, PNG – NX130129 – 2/9th Battalion AIF – Service Record not yet digitised  – died Cape Endaiadere Buna
LUCK, John Douglas Drummoyne Clifton Dubbo Papua New Guinea February 1, 1945 22 Port Moresby War Cemetery, PNG – NX178310 – 31/51 Battalion AIF – Service Record not yet digitised – died Bougainville
LUDBROOK, Gordon Keith Wollongong Penrith Paddington Papua New Guinea October 12, 1942 25 Port Moresby Memorial, PNG – NX14326 – 2/33rd Battalion AIF – Service Record not yet digitised – died Kokoda
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MARSHALL, Bernard Royston Coledale Brownville Dapto Papua New Guinea December 26, 1942 22 Port Moresby Memorial, PNG -2/10th Battalion –  NX128147 – 2/55-53rd Battalion AIF – Service Record – no photograph included in service record – died Sanananda
McIntosh, Thomas Alic Thirroul Boggabri Gunnedah Papua New Guinea Ocober 27, 1942 21 Port Moresby War Cemetery, PNG – NX1764 – 2/2nd Battalion AIF – Service Record not yet digitised – died Kokoda
McLean, George England Coledale Leichardt Papua January 5 1943 21 Port Moresby War Cemetery, PNG – N185114 – 2/36th Battalion AIF – Service Record not yet digitised – died Gona
MOORE, Arthur Helensburgh Helensburgh Helensburgh Papua New Guinea December 19, 1942 20 Port Moresby Memorial, PNG  – N265786 – 2/55-53 Battalion AIF – Service Record not yet digitised – died Sanananda
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O’CONNOR, John Arthur West Maitland Windang Dapto Papua New Guinea December 26, 1942 24 Port Moresby Memorial, PNG – NX128149 – 2/10th Battalion AIF – Service Record not yet digitised – Died  Cape Endaiadere Buna
O’DEA, Vertred Henry Coonabarabran Thirroul Paddington Papua New Guinea October 20, 1942 24 Port Moresby War Cemetery, PNG – NX57890 – 2/2nd Battalion AIF – Service Record not yet digitised – died Kokoda
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PERRY, Maurice Randwick Kiama Paddington HS Centaur, Pacifi c May 12, 1943 17 Port Moresby War Cemetery, PNG – NX48930 – 7th Machine Gun Battalion AIF- Service Record – no photograph included in service record – died Milne Bay
PURSS, Leonard William Warwick, Qld Wollongong Wollongong Papua New Guinea November 6, 1942 28 Port Moresby War Cemetery, PNG – NX4897 – 2/3rd Battalion AIF – Service Record not yet digitised – died Kokoda
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RAFTERY, Bernard Patrick Dapto Liverpool Sydney Papua New Guinea November 7, 1943 27 Port Moresby War Cemetery, PNG – 33032 – No4 Squadron (Boomerangs – Wirraways) RAAF – Service Record not yet digitised – Accident Report not yet digitised – died Nadzab to Madang
RILEY, Horace Vivian, PNG Gerringong Bellevue Hill Unknown Papua New Guinea October 3, 1942 31 Port Moresby War Cemetery, PNG – N27135NX76369 – 2/5th Field Company AIF – Service Record not yet digitised – died Milne Bay
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SALMON, John Edwin Corrimal Corrimal Greta, NSW Papua New Guinea June 10, 1945 20 Port Moresby War Cemetery, PNG – NX178967 – 2/58-59th Battalion AIF – Service Record – died BougainvilleSalmon
SMITH, Joseph Roy Moree, NSW Wollongong Wollongong Papua New Guinea October 30, 1942 26 Port Moresby War Cemetery, PNG – NX4904 – 2/3rd Battalion AIF – Service Record – died KokodaSmith Joseph Roy
SMITH, Noel John Kiama Kiama Paddington Papua New Guinea June 9, 1945 31 Port Moresby Memorial, PNG – NX14999 – 2/31-51 Battalion AIF – Service Record – died Bougainville

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STACE, Kayal Edwin Port Kembla Tamworth Paddington Papua New Guinea April 1, 1945 19 Port Moresby War Cemetery, PNG – N466206 – 2/9th Battalion – Service Record not yet digitised – died Madang
STEELE, George Lithgow Warrawong Paddington Papua New Guinea October 20, 1942 34 Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery, PNG – NX4791NX57876 – 2/2nd & 2/3rd Battalions AIF – Service Record – died KokodaSave as Steel
STIBBARD, Noel Royce Sydney Wollongong Sydney Papua New Guinea September 18, 1945 24 Port Moresby War Cemetery, PNG – 42110 – 38 Squadron (Douglas) RAAF – Service Record not yet digitised – Accident Investigation Report – no photograph in service record no accident report – died Biak – Moratai
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WESTON, Frederick Frank Wollongong Earlwood, NSW Paddington Papua New Guinea September 8, 1943 Port Moresby War Cemetery, PNG – NX15257 – 2/33rd Battalion AIF – Service Record not yet digitised – died Lae -Nadzab
WHITE, James George Bowraville Corrimal Bulli Papua New Guinea December 30, 1942 22 Port Moresby War Cemetery – N265054 – 2/39th Battalion AIF – Service Record not yet digitised – died Huggins Roadblock Sanananda
WILLIAMS, William Stanley Woonona Woonona Paddington Papua New Guinea October 19, 1942 22 Port Moresby War Cemetery, PNG – NX73091 – 2/33rd Battalion AIF – Service Record – died KokodaWilliams
WISEMAN, Harry Conolly Cooma Wollongong Paddington Papua New Guinea November 21, 1942 31 Port Moresby War Cemetery – NX12458 – 2/1st Battalion AIF – Service Record not yet digitised – died Sanananda
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