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Army June 23, 2011
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By Cpl Zenith King
IN AN intimate service at the Darebin
Arts and Entertainment Centre, fam-
ily and friends of LCpl Andrew Jones
gathered to farewell "a bloody great
soldier and a bloody great cook" on
LCpl Jones, 9FSB, was walking with-
in the perimeter of Patrol Base Mashal in
the Chora Valley when he was shot by an
ANA soldier in a guard tower on
Victorian Police Senior Sergeant
William Duncan, LCpl Jones' uncle,
spoke on behalf of the family and took
the opportunity to acknowledge the
passing of other personnel, including
Lt Marcus Case, Spr Rowan Robinson
and Detective Senior Constable Damian
"Career choices such as the military,
law enforcement, fire, rescue, ambulance
services at times put you in harm's way,"
"That is part of the job, knowing full
well that lives, at times, are lost in pursuit
"David and Jennifer should be very
proud of the man they raised, a wonder-
ful son and brother, and a loyal friend."
Senior Sergeant Duncan spoke of his
nephew as a quiet achiever who was able
to laugh at himself.
"Andrew had a very dry sense of
humour, like his dad. A sense of humour
either you got or you didn't," he said.
"He had a strong but not in-your-face
personality. He always enjoyed cooking
and wanted to make his hobby his career."
Commander 17CSSB Brig David
Mulhall spoke of a soldier who would go
out of his way to help others.
"His support to our combat soldiers
was at the most basic of levels, where he
sought to sustain the existence and morale
of soldiers enduring incredible personal
hardship and demand," Brig Mulhall said.
"In so doing, Andrew displayed a level
of selflessness that can only come from a
man of character, a man of genuine moral
strength and commitment, and a man who
understood the importance of his role in
support of a team."
During the service mourners placed
a poppy in a basket as a sign of remem-
Soldier would go
out of his way
to help mates
loved to fly
By Cpl Zenith King
ST BEDE'S Catholic Church in
Balwyn Victoria overflowed as
more than 1000 mourners fare-
welled combat aviator Lt Marcus
Case in a moving ceremony on
Friends and family reflected on
Lt Case's life, sharing memories of
an outgoing man who took every
opportunity in life.
Commander 16 Avn Bde Brig
Gregory Lawler spoke of Lt Case
as a dedicated pilot and the life of
"Marcus' desire to fly was
strong. He didn't sit back and just
go with the flow, rather he would
jump at any chance to fly even when
he was supposed to be on leave,"
Brig Lawler said.
"Earlier this year Marcus was
training to be an unmanned aeri-
al vehicle operator in preparation
for his role in Afghanistan. He had
completed a few weeks of train-
ing at RAAF Base Amberley when
173 Avn Sqn arrived to support the
Queensland flood relief operation.
"Marcus turned up ready to start
flying. He didn't have his flying
clothes but that didn't stop him. He
squeezed into his mate's flying suit
and said 'I want to go flying'."
Brig Lawler said Lt Case would
be remembered as a fierce friend
who was genuinely fun and made
light of every situation.
"He was unconditionally loyal to
his friends and always backed them
up," Brig Lawler said
"This, combined with his pos-
itive attitude and his distinct and
cheeky smile -- usually following
a sarcastic comment or a practical
joke -- meant that he would be loved
"His name will not fade into
obscurity but will be inscribed in the
most hallowed walls to pay tribute
to his life and sacrifice."
Lt Case had four older siblings
who all spoke at the service of their
love for their brother.
Christopher Case remembered
his brother as an outstanding per-
son who exhibited many colours and
"Marcus knew that his greatest
weapon and shield was his mind,"
"He was a back-room scholar
who had an extensive library of
books on war, geopolitics, all sorts
of things. He would sit there and
read them for days and days.
"I used to relish talking to him at
night about these things."
Christopher spoke of a book
he discussed with Marcus about
Afghanistan, contrasting the life of
children in both countries.
"You look at the life that some-
one currently grows up with in
Afghanistan and you look at the life
we all have here and the difference
between them," he said
"This really went to the core of
Marcus wanting to go over there and
make a difference."
Lt Case was killed in action dur-
ing operations in Afghanistan on
May 30, where he was deployed as
a Heron Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
Operator, when the Chinook in
which he was a passenger crashed
during a re-supply mission in
Keen aviator: Pilots from 6
Avn Regt deliver Lt Marcus
Case's coffin to the bier inside
St Bede's Catholic Church
in Melbourne. Inset, The
Australian flag flies at half-
mast at Kandahar Airfield's
Photos by Sgt Bill Guthrie and
Maj Lachlan Simond
A loyal friend: LCpl Andrew Jones' uncle, Victoria Police Senior Sergeant
William Duncan, delivers the family's eulogy during the funeral in Melbourne.
Photo by Sgt Bill Guthrie
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