FREMANTLE MLA Simone McGurk believes the Fremantle grave of a World War II Victoria Cross recipient should be heritage listed.
Leonard Henry Trent served in the Royal New Zealand Air Force during World War II and was awarded the Victoria Cross for his efforts before passing away in 1985.
Ms McGurk said Mr Trent’s grave in Fremantle Cemetery, as well as the graves of six other Victoria Cross recipients buried in WA, should be placed on the State Heritage Register.
‘As we approach the Centenary of Anzac, the State Government should recognise the significance of these burial sites and ensure these men are remembered for generations,’ she said.
‘The Anzac Centenary is an opportunity to give proper recognition to Mr Trent’s resting place.’
Graeme Gammie, executive director of the State Heritage Office, said the Heritage Council did not normally recommend the separate listing of individual graves where they form part of a cemetery precinct that is likely to cross the threshold for entry in the State Register.
He said the cemetery would be assessed by the Heritage Council in future.
‘War graves are protected under an agreement between the Metropolitan Cemeteries Board and the Federal Government’s Office of Australian War Graves,’ he added.