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Army October 1, 2009
By Sgt Dave Morley
PEACEKEEPERS remembered their mates at a
ceremony in Canberra to mark the 62nd anniversary
of Australian peacekeeping on September 14.
CA Lt-Gen Ken Gillespie represented the CDF at
the commemoration held at the site of the proposed
Australian Peacekeeping Memorial on Anzac Parade.
Former Sinai peacekeeper Sgt Leigh Nolan,
Australia's Federation Guard, said peacekeepers per-
formed an important role.
Sgt Nolan was a duty investigator with the
Multinational Force and Observers where he compiled
weekly violation reports on cross-border incidents
between the Egyptians and Israelis.
"I had to investigate the killing of an Egyptian
farmer hit by a .50-calibre round that came over the
border fence and through the wall of his house," Sgt
Sgt Nolan documented violations occurring on
both sides of the border. Despite their differences,
Egypt and Israel have maintained peace since 1979.
Defence values its long history of peacekeeping
in the Middle East. Australians have participated in
about 60 peacekeeping operations worldwide since
1947, including Commonwealth, UN and other coali-
The Australian Peacekeeping Memorial is expected
to be erected by September 2012.
To contribute to the memorial's construction go to http://www.
62 years of
Memories: Sgt Leigh Nolan, AFG, reflects on his service with the Multinational Force and Observers. He is pictured in front of the
site for the proposed peacekeeping memorial.
Photo by WO2 Graham McBean
Dig at Fromelles concludes
THE archaeological excavation in
Fromelles has ended with 250 sets
of remains and 1200 artefacts exca-
vated from six graves.
The project will now focus on the
identification of the remains and their
Defence Personnel, Materiel and
Science Minister Greg Combet said a
comprehensive analysis of DNA sam-
ples taken from the remains would be
undertaken to assist in DNA matching
against living relatives.
"As the formal identification is a
complex process that may take many
months, and in some cases years, every
soldier will be buried initially without
a permanent headstone," he said.
The burials will start on January
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