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By Cpl Melanie Schinkel
AMAZING Grace ech-
oed through the Gympie
Showgrounds Pavilion as about
2000 family, friends, colleagues
and members of the wider
Gympie community gathered to
say their final goodbyes to Cpl
Ashley Birt on November 14.
Born in Nambour, the 22-year-
old geospatial technician was
killed in action on operations in
Afghanistan on October 29.
During the delivery of Cpl
Birt's record of service, CO Eng
Spt Regt Lt-Col Matt Galton said
Cpl Birt always gave his all, moti-
vating and encouraging those who
were fortunate enough to serve
"Cpl Ashley Craig Birt served
with distinction since the first day
he put on the uniform. Although he
is no longer with us, our enduring
memory of him will continue to
inspire all of us to do the same,"
Lt-Col Galton said.
Lifelong mates of Cpl Birt,
Dean Walker and Kayden Dickfos,
fought their tears as they shared
their fondest memories of Cpl Birt
during their joint eulogy.
"Ashley Birt was a loving son,
caring brother and uncle, and a great
friend who will never be replaced --
a life cut too short but lived to the
fullest," Mr Walker said.
"Ash, you may be gone but
you'll always have a place in my
heart. Now I hold on to the sto-
ries and lifelong memories you've
given us," Mr Dickfos said.
Fellow sappers and Cpl Birt's
best Army mates, LCpl Matthew
Evans and Spr Mitch McKean, also
delivered a joint eulogy. They said
that even though they were both
older than Ashley, they looked up
to him like an older brother.
"Ash had this infectious per-
sonality that drew everyone in,
coupled with his smile and crazy
laugh, he was instantly likeable.
Once you were his friend, you
were set," Spr McKean said.
"His career as a sapper and a
soldier was without failure. Ash
had a particular type of attitude
that gave him the gift to lead from
LCpl Evans said Cpl Birt was
truly inspiring and always willing
to assist. "Ash was always there
to lend a helping hand, even when
the first to volunteer for the jobs
nobody wanted," LCpl Evans said.
"He was truly inspiring and I
have never met anyone else who
could grab opportunity with both
hands. He had the world at his feet.
Ash, we were both honoured to
call you our best mate. I know you
are gone but you will never be for-
After the service, Cpl Birt was
cremated during a private ceremo-
ny. He is survived by his mother
Linda, father Don and older broth-
er Cpl Dale Birt.
Farewell to loved
Gave his all: Cpl Michael Giannoukas, left, comforts Cpl Dale
Birt as he reads the Soldier's Prayer at his brother's funeral.
Photos by Cpl Melina Mancuso
By Cpl Melanie Schinkel
REMEMBRANCE Day will forever
hold even further significance for
the more than 500 family, friends
and colleagues who farewelled
Capt Bryce Duffy at Anglican
Church Grammar School in East
Brisbane on November 11.
Held in the school's Morris
Hall, the service was touching
However, many knowing
smiles emerged as fond memo-
ries and stories were shared
about adventures with Capt Duffy
who was killed on operations in
Afghanistan on October 29.
Capt Duffy's closest friends
from 4 Regt RAA formed the
honour guard and catafalque
party while fellow soldiers, rela-
tives, students and members of
the public stood by to pay their
CO Lt-Col Charles Weller
delivered a solemn eulogy and
described Capt Duffy as an officer
with unbounded energy, diligence
"Bryce was one of those mag-
nificent people for whom life is
about more than personal advan-
tage -- he gave more than he took.
He believed in duty, honour and
country, and dedicated his life
to them wholeheartedly," Lt-Col
"He was a consummate pro-
fessional who loved soldiering --
his chosen vocation. A leader and
a warrior, he was respected and
admired by all ranks."
During the service, close mate
Capt Johann Pitzer delivered
heartfelt words penned by Capt
Duffy's partner, Candice Griffith.
Candice met Capt Duffy while
attending grade four at Anglican
Church Grammar School.
Struggling to contain her sor-
row, Candice stood by Capt Pitzer
as he recited her tribute to Capt
"I've lost the love of my life and
I'm now clinging to precious mem-
ories of our times together to help
me through," Capt Pitzer read.
"Bryce, you were my childhood
sweetheart, my life partner, my
best friend, my soul mate."
Capt Duffy's younger sister,
Cassandra, and older sister,
Samantha, held back their tears
as they delivered their eulogy
"Bryce, you were so protective
and always there for me no mat-
ter what. I know that almost every
memory of our childhood I have,
I was by your side," Cassandra
"Little brother, I have no doubt
you knew that we loved you. I
just hope you knew how proud
the whole family was of you,"
Capt Duffy was buried at the
Mt Gravatt War Cemetery and
is survived by partner Candice,
parents Kim and Kerry and sisters
Samantha and Cassandra.
Respected and admired: The casket of Capt Bryce Duffy is
carried from Morris Hall at Anglican Church Grammar School,
Brisbane, at the end of his funeral.
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