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Cpl Nick Wiseman
THE name of LCpl Todd
Chidgey, the latest casualty of the
Afghanistan conflict, was added to
the Afghanistan Roll of Honour in
a small ceremony at the Australian
War Memorial on November 11.
LCpl Chidgey died in a non-com-
bat related incident in Afghanistan
on July 1. He was serving as part of
the Protective Security Detachment
providing protection for a senior
Australian officer at HQ ISAF.
His mother, Kerry Baker, said he
was a wonderful son and a wonderful
“I am extremely proud of Todd,”
“He grew into a wonderful man,
so strong, and he put his heart and
soul into everything he did.”
His mother and brother, Adam
Chidgey, attended the service, along
with CDF ACM Mark Binskin, CA
Lt-Gen David Morrison, Australian
War Memorial director Brendan
Nelson and a small number of guests.
Australia’s Federation Guard pro-
vided a catafalque party at the Tomb
of the Unknown Australian Soldier as
wreaths were laid in LCpl Chidgey’s
Following the wreath-laying
his name was unveiled on the
Afghanistan Roll of Honour where
poppies were placed next to his name
by his mother and brother.
Ms Baker said Todd was passion-
ate about everything he did and loved
spending time with his brother Adam.
“Adam thought of Todd as not
only a brother, but a mentor,” she said.
“We will all miss him.”
LCpl Chidgey is the 41st
Australian soldier to have died in
2 CAV Regt, which has called
Darwin home for the past 22 years,
has paraded for the last time at
Robertson Barracks, closing a proud
chapter in the unit’s and region’s
Some 200 soldiers paraded before
gathered dignitaries, colleagues, fami-
ly and friends on the regiment’s parade
ground on October 31, before symboli-
cally marching towards Townsville.
2 Cav Regt will take up residence
at Lavarack Barracks as the new
Armoured Cavalry Regiment within
CO 2 Cav Regt Lt-Col James Davis
said it was with some sorrow that the
unit said farewell to Darwin.
“The regiment was welcomed by
the local community and was rapidly
adopted as Darwin’s own,” he said.
“We have been farewelled and
welcomed home from numerous
operations overseas, adding to the
military history of the region and that
of the regiment.
“With this final parade at
Robertson Barracks, we say thank
you to the Darwin and Palmerston
communities for the support they have
shown us for more than two decades.”
The unit, which arrived in the
Northern Territory in 1992, was the
first unit of the 1 Bde to move from
Commander 1 Bde Brig Mick Ryan
said while it would be sad to see the
regiment leave the brigade, he looked
forward to the next chapter in the
unit’s history under Plan Beersheba.
“As the second of the new
Armoured Cavalry Regiments, 2 Cav
Regt will be important to 3 Bde,”
Brig Ryan said.
“With tanks, ASLAVs and APCs,
the Armoured Cavalry Regiment offers
a level of striking power, mounted
reconnaissance and protected mobility
not readily available to the soldiers of
Townsville in the past.
“2 Cav Regt has added greatly to
the rich history of 1 Bde; it is now
3 Bde’s opportunity to add to their
3 Bde will officially welcome the
regiment to Townsville during a parade
at Lavarack Barracks on November 27.
2 Cav Regt heads
LCpl Todd Chidgey’s name added to Roll of Honour
LCpl Todd Chidgey’s mother, Kerry Baker, and
brother, Adam Chidgey, read the names of
Australian soldiers killed in Afghanistan.
Inset top, LCpl Chidgey’s portrait.
Inset below, Ms Baker and Mr Chidgey console
each other after laying a wreath at the Tomb of
the Unknown Australian Soldier at the Australian
War Memorial, as a soldier from Australia’s
Federation Guard presents arms.
Photos by Cpl Nick Wiseman
Maj-Gen Michael Slater inspects
2 Cav Regt soldiers during the
unit’s farewell parade.
Photo by AB Leon Dafonte
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