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The Cross of Sacrifice commemorates those who died in service or were killed in action during World Wars One and Two who are buried in the cemetery.  The cemetery contains the graves of 70 soldiers, 17 airmen and 10 sailors of the Australian Forces and one Dutch sailor.

The Cross of Sacrifice was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield for the Imperial War Graves Commission (now Commonwealth War Graves Commission) and is usually present in Commonwealth war cemeteries containing 40 or more graves. It is normally a freestanding four point limestone Latin cross in one of three sizes ranging in height from 18 to 32 feet. On the face of the cross is a bronze broadsword, blade down. It is usually mounted on an octagonal base. The Cross represents the faith of the majority of the dead and the sword represents the military character of the cemetery.


Address:Little Street, Cemetery, Cairns, 4870
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -16.907878
Long: 145.753533
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Cross
Monument Theme:Conflict
Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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