I have been involved with the research of local solders for over 40 years. My concern is that in many cases, the names on War Memorials dotted around the towns in schools, hall, and other buildings are not locally born and bred. Many seem to appear out of nowhere for a short time and then are included on the local memorial boards. I have been producing books for solders born in the town, the latest being Cranbourne Vic. I have others on the go and hope to compile several small town in the next book. What do you think, should they be born in the town to be local or be included in an Honor Roll because their parents were resident there at the time of enlistment. How far afield should these Honor Rolls stretch. I have found solders coming from 30 or more K,s away from the Town Board on which their name appears.

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I feel it does become confusing if those whose names appear on local memorials are not or were not actually born or lived in that area, And also it seems that the names are placed there by family members who perhaps lived in the area to honor their family members who served etc.

I would think it depends on the type of memorial, as to my understanding, the Honor Roll is for all fallen servicemen and women, but I am possibly wrong about this.

Have you contacted the Australian War Memorial in Canberra?

Good luck Toni Grahame

Feel free to share your research on the Discovering Anzacs website - http://discoveringanzacs.naa.gov.au/ .

Once you register, you can add locations of memorial against the life events map and list for a person.

It may assist your research, to take a look at Advanced search and type, Cranbourne as place of birth or place of enlistment. 


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