From: Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Mailing List
Sent: Sun 11/03/2012 11:29 AM


The Australian Government has confirmed an official from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has completed a visit to the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Benghazi, Libya to inspect first-hand damage to Australian headstones.

Following the visit, the Government has now revised the number of Australian headstones damaged from 50 to 52.

The two additional headstones damaged belong to Private Stanley Frederick Hale and Private Julius Cecil Widerberg.

The Office of Australian War Graves is contacting families with relatives buried at Benghazi, however with next of kin records more than 70 years old, families are encouraged to contact the Office of Australian War Graves on 02 6289 6474 for more information.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is yet to finalise the total number of graves damaged in last month's attack on the cemetery.

All damaged headstones will be replaced by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Media inquiries:
Minister Snowdon: Lidija Ivanovski 0407 108 935
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203