Victoria Cross recipients protected for generations to come

Victoria Cross recipients protected for generations to come

The State Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding today, fulfilling a pledge to protect the graves and memorials of Victoria Cross (VC) recipients commemorated in WA cemeteries, including the grace of Leonard Trent at Fremantle Cemetery.

The agreements will ensure the future preservation of VC graves and memorials while safeguarding the rights of the families to honour their loved ones as they wish.


The Victoria Cross is the highest military decoration awarded for valour to members of the Australian Defence Force.

It is awarded to a person who, in the presence of the enemy, displays the most conspicuous gallantry, or daring or pre-eminent act of valour or self-sacrifice or extreme devotion to duty.

“Leonard Trent’s story is a remarkable one,” said Member for Fremantle, Simone McGurk. “He was a group captain in the Royal New Zealand Air Force who participated in the “Great Escape” of 24 March 1944 before being recaptured and living out the war in a POW camp.”

Trent’s ashes are interred at Fremantle Cemetery, and Ms McGurk said she was glad that his final resting place would be properly protected and preserved.