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ID number F07154
Title Funeral of Major General Vasey, Major General R M Downes and Lieutenant Colonel C A Bertham at Cairns Cemetery
Collection Film
Object type To be confirmed
Maker McKechnie, Frank
Place made Australia: Queensland, North Queensland, Cairns
Date made 8 March 1945
Physical description 35mm/b&w/silent
Measurement 5 min 5 sec
Video Download video 22.19 MB
Note Open


VX9 Major General (Maj Gen) George Alan Vasey CB CBE DSO, VX57673 Maj Gen Rupert Major Downes CMG VD, and NX324 Lieutenant Colonel G A Bertram - three victims of an air crash near Cairns, QLD, on 5 March 1945, were given a military funeral at Cairns on 8th March 1945. Troops of the 7th Australian Division congregated in the 7th Australian Division boxing arena to take part in a Memorial service. The two RAAF victims of the crash, 404543 Flight Lieutenant John William (Jack) Newell and 409400 Warrant Officer Berrol Samuel Frieze, were given an Air Force funeral. Also identified: VX1 Commander in Chief General Sir Thomas Blamey CBE KCB CMG DSO ED; NX8 Lieutenant General Sir Leslie J Morshead KCB KBE CMG DSO ED; Maj Gen E J Milford DSO; SX21810 Private Francis Thomas Wilsdon.

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