Fremantle's very own sleuth
City of Fremantle's archivist by day and historian in every other waking moment, Andrew Pittaway, in partnership with Dennis Frank, a researcher from Melbourne, has identified the graves of two Victorian World War I soldiers.
Carolyn Webb, reporter for The Age, reports that Private Henry Huntsman and Private Charles Eacott will not longer rest in Belgium cemeteries with gravestones bearing the anonymous phrase 'A Soldier of the Great War'. Because of the work of Pittaway and Frank using digital records including Red Cross witness statements preserved and digitised by the Australian War Memorial, living relatives of Huntsman and Eacott will now have the opportunity to contribute personal and meaningful epitaphs to their ancestors resting places.
For the whole story, see http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/sleuths-identify-two-victorian-world-war-i-graves-20150312-1414eq.html.
Photograph courtesy of The Age and captured by Simon O'Dwyer.