Adelaide River War
M . I . A
Northern Territory Only
grow not old, as we that are left grow old,
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
Current time at Adelaide River, NT, Australia.
River is a township lying 113 km south of Darwin, on the Stuart
Highway, the main north-south road from Darwin to Alice Springs.
During WW2, Adelaide River was the headquarters of a large base and
the war cemetery was created especially for the burial of service
personnel who died in this part of Australia. It was used by
Australian General Hospitals Nos 101 107, 119, 121 and 129 and after
the war the Army Graves Service moved into it other graves from
isolated sites, temporary military burial grounds, and from various
civil cemeteries in the area. These included Bagot Hospital
Cemetery, Berrimah Hospital and War Cemetery. Daly Waters Civil
Cemetery, Darwin Public Cemetery, Gove War Cemetery, Hughes Cemetery
in Darwin, Katherine Civil and War Cemeteries, Larrimah War
Cemetery, Milingimbi War Cemetery, Mt Isa War Cemetery in
Queensland, where No 74 Camp Hospital once operated, South Goulburn
Island Mission Cemetery and Truscott War Cemetery.
The war cemetery was taken over the Commonwealth War Graves
Commission (CWGC) in 1947. The Adelaide River War Cemetery was
entered on the Register of the National Estate in 1984 and is also
listed on the Northern Territory Heritage Register and Commonwealth
|A total of
434 war graves marked by bronze plaques are contained in this
cemetery. The burials are made up of 14 airmen of the RAF, 12
unidentified men of the British Merchant Navy; one soldier of the
Canadian Army; 18 sailors, 181 soldiers and 201 airmen of the
Australian Forces and seven men of the Australian Merchant Navy. The
Northern Territory Memorial to the Missing honours a further 292
Servicemen and women lost to the north of Australia. The adjacent
civil section contains the graves of the nine Post Office staff
killed on 19 February 1942 during the bombing of Darwin, one of 63
separate occasions from that date. The civilian casualties of WW2
include those of 31 Indigenous Australians.