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New headstones for three recently identified burials in Papua New Guinea

22 November 2012

After 67 years three casualties buried in Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery in Papua New Guinea have been identified and have been given a new headstone.

The graves were confirmed as the resting places of Lieutenant Scobell McFerran-Rogers, Private John Whitworth, and Bapak Roestan. They were identified after investigations of the Australian Army Unrecovered War Casualties Unit. They were members of Z Special Unit of the Australian Army, and were killed by the Japanese when operating behind the lines in what was then the Celebes in the closing months of the Second World War.

The rededication ceremony on 6 November 2012 included family members of the three men, Special Operations Commander Australia, Major General Gus Gilmore, Parliamentary Secretary Richard Marles MP and Henry Fawkes, the sole surviving member of the patrol in which the three men died.