Project Description

Historical research is integral to applying for government grants. In 2015, the Brisbane branch of the 31st Infantry Battalion wanted to establish a cemetery memorial to Australia’s most effective marksman, Trooper William (Billy) Sing, a Chinese Australian farmer who became known as the ‘Gallipoli sniper’. From 1915-18, Trooper Sing accounted for at least 200 opposing forces. He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal and the Belgian Croix de Geurre, but back in Australia he suffered post -traumatic stress and died in obscurity. His grave was unknown for 50 years. In 2014, I researched Billy Sing and facilitated the federal funding for the establishment of this memorial at Brisbane War Cemetery, Lutwyche.