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New Stone of Remembrance for Ambon Cemetery

10 January 2013

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has installed a Stone of Remembrance at Ambon War Cemetery in Indonesia.

The stone - weighing eight tonnes - was quarried in Queensland and shipped from Brisbane to Ambon via Djakarta.

The job was overseen by Bill MacPherson, CWGC Works Manager, who hired a 20-tonne crane in Ambon to lower the stone into its final place.

"The stone is a single block because that's the way it was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens," Bill said. "It had to be braced inside the container during shipping, and then brought to the site on a low loader. "

The Stone of Remembrance was envisaged by Lutyens as a permanent monument, and he eventually designed a "great fair stone of fine proportions, twelve feet in length, lying raised upon three steps."   

It has been placed in the Ambon cemetery as a replacement for the Cross of Sacrifice which had repeatedly been damaged.

The Cross of Sacrifice stands in Commonwealth cemeteries to represent the faith of the majority of the fallen. The Stone of Remembrance is non-denominational, representing those of all faiths of none. Each Stone bears an inscription, chosen by Rudyard Kipling from the Bible: "Their Name Liveth For Evermore".