ANZAC | But what of our forgotten soldiers?

Let's not forget!

Anzac Day at Liverpool has had a significant impact for over a century, particularly reflecting on the pivotal role the Liverpool Field Training Camp (Holdsworthy) played from before 1914 to 1920.

It's remiss that there's seemingly none, or limited, focus on the number of service personnel from World War I who once had memorials in the Liverpool Pioneers' Memorial Park, just off Macquarie Street North.

Local historian GaryLucas extensively researched the role the Liverpool district soldiers played in World War I.

His statistics showed that of the 460 volunteers from the district, 83 landed at Gallipoli and 31 died; 10 more died on the Western Front and a further 114 died from war wounds and/or disease, the last in October 1919.

There were 41 soldiers listed who had memorials at Memorial Park.

They were men who died at the Liverpool camp through disease, accident or misadventure prior to embarking, who were killed in action at Gallipoli, in the Middle East or on the Western Front and who returned to Australia but died of the Spanish flu in 1919.

In 1962, 37 memorial plaques were removed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and transferred to Rookwood Cemetery, near Lidcombe.

However, at Liverpool there's no honour roll and only a few have headstones, most lying in unmarked graves.

One is the under-age soldier Walter Sampson Wakeley who died of pneumonia in July 1915. His family name relates directly to the Fairfield suburb of Wakeley.

Another soldier who died, in June 1919, probably of the flu, was Ronald C. Horton. Lucas said in 2015 on the 100th anniversary of the Anzac landing: "At present there is no memorial to World War I soldiers from Liverpool after 97 years."

It's now after 101 years!

The irony and paradox of the unmarked AIF soldiers' graves is that two headstones of German internees from the Holdsworthy Internment Camp of a century ago are prominently displayed.

Their bodies were re-interred many years ago in a special German cemetery in Victoria. The headstones were found at a council depot and were refurbished and rededicated last year.

The solemn phrase for remembering our war dead for over a century or more has been "Lest we forget".

But have we forgotten them -- when it comes to those soldiers at the Liverpool Pioneers' Memorial Park who should be remembered, and honoured, in every way, including with a visual memorial?

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