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Army April 14, 2011
By Maj Haydn Barlow
A DARWIN man owes his life to three
quick-thinking 1CSSB soldiers who dis-
covered him face down in a large pud-
dle of mud on a local motor bike trail on
Ptes Luke Ramsay, Daniel Cross and
Bryce McHugh were riding in the bush near
Robertson Barracks when they came across
"We first saw two young boys waiting on
the trail with their bikes," Pte Ramsay said.
"They told us they were waiting for anoth-
er rider, one of the boys' dads, so we contin-
Just 150m further, over a slight rise, they
discovered the motionless man slumped in the
puddle next to his bike.
"I turned him over and his face was blue
and he was not breathing," Pte Ramsay said.
"I removed his helmet and started perform-
ing CPR while Bryce called for an ambulance
and Daniel went back for the boys."
Pte Ramsay said it was the first time he
had put his Army medical training into prac-
tice. "While I was giving compression the
man coughed up dirty water and began gasp-
ing for air."
Pte Ramsay revived the man after 10 min-
utes of CPR and informed the young boys that
an ambulance was on its way.
"I needed to hold his head out of the mud
until the ambulance came, but I was just
relieved he was breathing again."
The man, who was not seriously injured
from the fall, told the three soldiers when they
visited him the next day that he was lucky to
be alive and would be happy to be their riding
partner any day.
Soldiers save life in bike crash
Lifesavers: From left, Ptes Bryce McHugh, Daniel Cross and Luke Ramsay, saved a man's life after he fell off his motorbike and landed face
down in water on a dirt trail near Robertson Barracks.
Photo by Brad Fleet provided by NT News
ANOTHER 14 Australian soldiers who
fought at the World War I Battle of
Fromelles in France have been identi-
fied by a Joint Identification Board
held on April 4.
The soldiers, originally from
NSW, Victoria, Queensland and South
Australia, were among 250 Australian
and British troops recovered from
Pheasant Wood in 2009.
The announcement brings the num-
ber of Australians identified by name
at Fromelles to 110. Of the 250, 100
Australian and two British soldiers
remain unnamed, along with another 38
graves marked "known unto God".
Soldiers' extended family members
have helped with identification in many
instances by providing DNA samples.
The Commonwealth War Graves
Commission will erect new headstones
with the identified men's details, which
will be dedicated on July 19 during the
annual commemoration of the Battle.
The first major battle fought by the
AIF in France is recognised as one of the
worst days in Australia's military his-
tory. The 5th Division suffered more than
5500 dead and wounded, with many of
those killed still unaccounted for.
The Fromelles Project Team has been
gathering details from family members
of the soldiers killed in a bid to identify
remains. The team currently has about
3000 family members' details on record.
Contact the Fromelles Project Team on
1800 019 090 or go to the website at
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