CEMETERY WALK: Cherryl Mison, of the Casino and District Family History Group, at one of the graves of the First World War soldiers buried in the local cemetery. It is part of the tour to be conducted during Beef Week.
CEMETERY WALK: Cherryl Mison, of the Casino and District Family History Group, at one of the graves of the First World War soldiers buried in the local cemetery. It is part of the tour to be conducted during Beef Week. Samantha Elley

Visit Diggers where they rest

LESLIE Winchombe Gregory's head stone is made of black marble with gold lettering and stands out among the many headstones at Casino's old cemetery.

His grave and life story are also a part of the cemetery walk that will be held by the Casino and District Family History group on Tuesday, May 26 from 2-4pm.

Co-ordinator Cherryl Mison said the walk was to introduce participants to some of the 50 or more First World War veterans buried in the cemetery.

"The stories I have uncovered have been fascinating," she said.

"Leslie was a cricketer in Casino but not as highly accomplished as his family.

"His father (Arthur) played for NSW and he had uncles and cousins who played for Australia."

Leslie was a saw-miller before the war and on his return he got his auctioneer's licence and joined many community groups in the area.

He was unfortunately killed in a car accident in 1932 while driving home from Boonah.

Leslie is just one of the many ex-soldiers that Ms Mison will talk about on the cemetery tour being held during Beef Week.

"We have one chap who was the first director of the board of the meatworks company," she said.

"Another worked in Papua New Guinea after the war and in 1948 became the Aboriginal welfare officer for the North Coast, which brought him to Casino."

To join the tour it is a gold coin donation, with no bookings required.

For details contact Cherryl on 6667 3215 or Barbara 6662 5051, or email casdfhg@australis.net.



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