Candle

They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,

"We will
remember them"

Galagher

Private Nathanael Galagher

Killed in action on 30 August 2012
Aged 23

 

Smith

Corporal Scott James Smith
Killed in action on 22 October 2012
Aged 24

 

Poate

Private Robert Poate
Killed in action on 29 August 2012
Aged

 

McDonald

Lance Corporal Mervyn McDonald
Killed in action on 30 August 2012
Aged 30

Milosevic

Lance Corporal Stjepan Milosevic
Killed in action on 29 August 2012
Aged

Martin

Sapper James Martin
Killed in action on 29 August 2012
Aged 21

 

Diddams
Sergeant Blaine Diddams
Killed in action on 02 July 2012
Aged 40

Gavin

Lance Corporal Luke Nathan Gavin
Killed in action on 29 October, 2011
Aged 29

 

Birt

Corporal Ashley Birt
Killed in action on 29 October, 2011
Aged 22

 

Duffy

Captain Bryce Duffy
Killed in action on 29 October, 2011
Aged 26

 

Todd Langley

Sergeant Todd Langley
Killed in action on 04 July, 2011
Aged 35

 

Lambert

Private Matthew Lambert
Killed in action on 24 August, 2011
Aged 26

Robinson

Sapper Rowan Robinson
Killed in action on 06 June, 2011
Aged 23

Case

Lieutenant Marcus Case
Killed in action on 30 May, 2011
Aged 27

 

Jones

Lance Corporal Andrew Jones
Killed in action on 30 May, 2011
Aged 25

Wood

Sergeant Brett Wood
Killed in action on 23 May, 2011
Aged 32

 

Larcombe

Sapper Jamie Ronald Larcombe
Killed in action on 19 February , 2011
Aged 21

 

Atkinson

Corporal Richard Atkinson
Killed in action on 02 February , 2011
Aged 22

 

Fallen

Private Grant Kirby
Killed in action on 20 August , 2010
Aged 35


 

Fallen

Private Tomas Dale
Killed in action on 20 August , 2010
Aged 21

 

Fallen

Trooper Jason Brown
Killed in action on 13 August , 2010
Age 29

 

 

Fallen

Private Nathan Bewes
Killed in action on 09 July , 2010
Aged 23

 

 

Fallen

Private Benjamin Adam Chuck
Killed in action on 21 June , 2010
Aged 27

 

Fallen

Private Scott Travis Palmer
Killed in action on 21 June, 2010
Aged 27

 

 

Fallen

Private Timothy James Aplin
Killed in action on 21 June , 2010
Aged 38

S

Fallen

Sapper Darren James Smith
Killed in action on 07 June , 2010
Aged 26

 

 

Fallen

Sapper Jacob Moerland,
Killed in action on 07 June , 2010
Aged 21

 

 

Fallen

Private Benjamin Ranaudo
Killed in action on 18 July , 2009
Aged 22

 

Fallen

Sergeant Brett Till
Killed in action on 19 March , 2009
Aged 31

 

Fallen

Corporal Mathew Hopkins
Killed in action on 16 March , 2009
Aged 21

 

 

Fallen

Private Gregory Michael Sher
Killed in action 04 January, 2009
Aged 30

 

 

Fallen

Private Stuart Nash
Killed in action on 17 December, 2008 Aged 21

 

Fallen

Lieutenant Michael Fussell
Killed in action on 27 November , 2008 Aged 25

 

 

Fallen

Signaller Sean McCarthy
Killed in action on 08 July , 2008
Aged 25

 

Fallen

Lance Corporal Jason Marks
Killed in action on 27 April , 2008
Aged 27

 

 

Fallen

Private Luke Worsley
Killed in action on 23 November , 2007
Aged 26

 

 

Fallen

Sergeant Matthew Locke MG
Killed in action on 25 October , 2007
Aged 33

 

 

Fallen

Trooper David Pearce
Killed in action on 08 October, 2007
Aged 41

 

 

Fallen

Sergeant Andrew Russell
Killed in action on 16 February , 2002
Aged 33

 


Poems

by Chaplain Jim Cosgrove

Valé  - Brave Soldier

A Piper sounds a mournful air while soldiers on their shoulders bear
The body of their mate who fell in war
The drummer marks the fall of feet and cuts the air with measured beat
With mates slow marching forward strong and sure

Leaders standing side by side are joined by those whose tears and pride
Unite them as a family joined in sorrow
Photographs and special words, memories and stories heard
About the man who gave us his tomorrows

Silence shared, the ode is told - For Unlike us they grow not old
We will remember them, their sacrifice
As Last Post plays, its haunting strains retell the cost of war again
Lest we forget the cost of freedoms price

Flag draped coffin borne outside, honour guard and volleys fired
Gun carriage bears our soldier to his rest
A crisp salute with tear filled eyes joins loved ones silent sad goodbyes
Valé brave soldier, Valé! – Our Nation’s best.

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Days of Sadness

Days of  Sadness, Heartfelt pain
Our Aussie Soldiers killed again
And many people in this war
Will question “What’s this fighting for?”
“We know the lads are good and tough
But surely this must be enough!
They say “Get rid of all this pain
and bring our Soldiers home again”

Days of Sadness, tortured grief
Life for these lads was cruelly brief
And family’s unspoken fears
Are realised in a Vale of tears
But hear the words these families say
“If our troops must come home today
Then that would be the cruellest pain
For then our boys have died in vain.”

Days of Sadness, Pain and Pride
Our husbands, brothers, Sons have died
But we believe their sacrifice
Will help to pay our freedom’s price
Our Nation’s history tells the tale
Of those whose courage didn’t fail
Who gave their lives for you and me
To free our world from tyranny.

Days of Sadness, deepest sorrows
Our boys have given their tomorrows
Our Anzac Story tells the cost
Of many other young lives lost
Who fell with faces to the foe
To buy the peace their children know
They fought until the job was done
The only way that peace is won.

Days of Sadness, pained goodbyes
While loved ones mourn a Nation cries
The Eulogies will tell the tales
Of those whose courage didn’t fail
Our courage too we now must show
Our fighting lads deserve to know
That even though the cost is great
We’ll let them fight on for their mates.

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Stronger Than Grief

Australians are all reeling and many folks are feeling
dismayed with all our recent soldiers’ deaths
We farewell a fallen brother then another then another
and it’s like we need to stop to catch our breath.

While one family is grieving another is receiving
the news that takes their world to grief and sorrow
There’s lots of fear and tension, you can sense the apprehension
as we wonder if there’s more bad news tomorrow.

But the families will tell us the are so proud of their fellas
even as they stop to wipe away their tears
They say they feel inside an intense and burning pride
as they face the nightmare of their deepest fears.

Their courage and belief are even stronger than their grief
that their sacrifice is for a worthy cause
They believe their precious sons, brothers, dads, beloved ones
have paid the price for freedom on our shores.

They want to tell their mates to never doubt or hesitate
to fight this fight against the reign of terror
An untimely made decision to turn our backs on this mission
Would be at this sad time a costly error.

As families deal with grieving they are strengthened by believing
that their soldiers gave their lives for you and me
In the history of their nation there are many generations
whose sacrifice has made our country free.

And so in this time of grief, please don’t falter in belief
that our Aussie boys are where they need to be
They’ve got the guts to fight their wars, keep supporting them because
They need support from their community.

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We Said a Little Prayer Today

We said a little prayer today
A prayer for mates who died
And no one here’s ashamed to say
There’s been some tears we’ve cried.

For good mates full of zest for life
Cut down while in their prime
Amid the war’s furore and strife
Now gone before their time.

We said a little prayer today
For all their families
And asking Lord for strength that they
Can bear their sadness, please!

For Parents who have lost a son
And Kids who lost their dad
And wives who’ve lost beloved ones
So tragic Lord, so sad.

We said a little prayer today
For strength and courage for
The mates and colleagues who must stay
Away to fight this war.

We’re sure they’re sad to lose their friends
So help them bear the strain
That when one day this fighting ends
This cost won’t be in vain.

We said a little prayer today
For those who sacrifice
Their lives in service in the fray
To pay our freedom’s price.

O help us God to realise
As tears flow for the lost
Our Peace and freedom is the prize
That’s won at such a cost.

 

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LWF

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