Two known souls were taken too early in their life while volunteering their time for the security of the community. One of these men was Gunner David Donaldson, a volunteer gunner of the Geelong Battery who was killed with his friend, Corporal Charles Brearly on 28 March 1891 at the Queenscliff Fort. Both were blown away from the breech of a six-inch central pivot gun when it exploded, and killed instantly. They were shattered and burnt beyond recognition, whilst seven others were injured. Both men were buried on 30 March 1891 following a joint funeral procession and buried in separate sections of the cemetery.
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