Memorial for soldier

Sergeant Michael Maguire and his wife Olga pictured before his death in 1919. Sgt Maguire’s grave has become an official war grave.

An Apollo Bay man’s grave has become an official war grave almost a century after his death.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has declared the grave of Sergeant Michael Maguire an official war grave, erecting a headstone on his grave in the Apollo Bay Cemetery.

Sgt Maguire was a member of the Lighthorse Cyclist Division. He died from diphtheria just over two weeks after returning from the front line on August 17, 1919.

Sgt Maguire’s name has always been on the Anzac Memorial at Apollo Bay but the headstone erected by the Commission makes it an official war grave, 100 years after his death.

Sgt Maguire’s great-great-niece Lisa McDonald said she was indebted to the secretary and president of the Cemetery Trust who assisted in verifying the location of the grave.

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