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16 WORLD NEWS
Army March 31, 2011
By Sgt Dave Morley
THE mother of a soldier who died
in 2005 while serving in Solomon
Islands officially opened a kin-
dergarten there in his memory on
Mrs Avril Clark, mother of
3RAR's Pte Jamie Clark, opened the
kindergarten at a ceremony attended
by about 150 children and more than
100 adults at the Gifu area, near
Barana village, inland from Honiara.
Mrs Clark said the idea came
about as a result of recognising the
community's need for a kindergarten.
"I think Jamie would be very
proud, and I am very proud of the
whole community and everyone
who has been involved," she said.
"I still have some disbelief that
it has actually happened, but I know
my son would be very proud of it."
She said 3RAR kick-started the
fundraising effort with a $5000
"I wrote letters to half a dozen
businesses in Perth asking for dona-
tions and one business replied that
they would organise a trivia night,
which raised around $13,000," she
"The RSL in Perth also donated
$1200 to the fund.
"My next venture will be to raise
money to buy play equipment to
teach the children how to climb and
develop their skills."
Mrs Clark was presented with
an unexpected donation of about
$700 at the opening ceremony, when
a group of employers on Exercise
Boss Lift passed the hat around.
John Gibbs of Telstra in Brisbane
said he decided to ask fellow
employers to reach into their pock-
ets when he heard Mrs Clark talking
about raising money.
"It's very worthwhile, firstly
because it's for a kindy, and sec-
ondly, because it's to remember a
soldier who died on active duty."
Mrs Clark said the money would
go toward buying good-quality
desks, chairs and storage facilities.
Commander CTF 635 Lt-Col
Paul Landford attended the ceremo-
ny as the guest of honour and was
greeted in a traditional manner by
the village warriors.
Ready to learn: Lt-Col Phil Pyke talks to new students at the opening of the Pte Jamie Clark Memorial
Kindergarten in Gifu Village, Honiara.
Photos by Cpl Janine Fabre
Proud mum: Avril Clark at the
By Capt Lacey Western
TROOPS from Australia, New
Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Tonga
deployed in Solomon Islands paused on
March 9 to remember Pte Jamie Clark.
Pte Clark, 3RAR, was killed in an
accident while deployed on Operation
Anode in Solomon Islands on March 10,
He died when he fell into a mine shaft
while conducting a section patrol in the
hills of Mount Austen, searching for
CTF 635 marked the sixth anniversary
of his death with a memorial service,
which was attended by his mother, Avril
Task Force Commander Lt-Col Paul
Landford and Mrs Clark together laid a
wreath in Pte Clark's memory.
Sgt Lorenzo Arevalo, who served with
Pte Clark in 3RAR, addressed the service
and spoke of a selfless mate who was
determined to serve his country proudly.
"Jamie was hardworking and profes-
sional, the type of soldier who always put
his mates before himself," he said.
The Pte Jamie Clark Memorial
Kindergarten was officially opened in the
Gifu region to coincide with the anniver-
sary of Pte Clark's death.
pause to remember
Pte Jamie Clark
Memorial: Soldiers and officials gather to remember Pte Jamie Clark (inset).
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