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Townsville War Cemetery

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Townsville War Cemetery

The war cemetery is located within the grounds of the Belgian Gardens Cemetery, however as it is managed by the War Commission it is considered a separate cemetery.

During WWII, Townsville was a Royal Australian Air Force Base, and a base for the new American heavy bombers was constructed there. In 1941 it also became the base of an Area Combined Headquarters, established to ensure naval and air co-operation in trade defence in North-Eastern Australia.

Townsville was one of the ports of embarkation for troops to New Guinea and the islands, and in its vicinity were many transit camps and a base hospital for troops evacuated through sickness and wounds from New Guinea.

Townsville has one of Australia's largest Air Force Bases. Many service men and women have died during training accidents and aircraft crashes. Many crashes happened at sea so not all bodies were recovered. Other service men and women who died in the Townsville area were buried in their home state or city.

Townsville War Cemetery was originally acquired by the Army who carried out considerable development before it was taken over by the Commission. It contains 222 Second World War burials.

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Latitude: -19.24631
Longitude: 146.78788

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