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Army November 22, 2012
Capt Jay Ellul
MEMORIAL services were
held in memory of three
fallen soldiers at Forward
Operating Base Sorkh Bid
and Multinational Base Tarin
Kot on October 29.
The services were dedicat-
ed to Capt Bryce Duffy, Cpl
Ashley Birt and LCpl Luke
Gavin who were killed in an
insider attack 12 months ago.
Chap Damien Ellis deliv-
ered the mass at Multinational
Base Tarin Kot and said the
attendees were solemn during
the mass, but showed their
"Many in attendance
came up to me after the mass
Paying tribute to
our lost soldiers
A year on from an insider attack, troops are remembered in the MEAO
AUSTRALIAN and New Zealand troops have been
honoured in an Anzac Afghan memorial in the British
Funded by personnel of the 2012 Anzac contingent,
the memorial includes a quote from Australian singer-
songwriter Fred Smith, whose time with Australian
troops in Uruzgan led to the ballad Sapper's lullaby --
"You give it your all, knowing if you should fall, that all
good things must die".
The Southern Cross and the two coats of arms
are etched into the top of the memorial, which was
designed, carved and erected by Australians, New
Zealanders and Afghans.
The names of the fallen are guarded by the nations'
two iconic animals -- the kiwi and the kangaroo.
The memorial was dedicated by US Marine Gen
John Allen, Commander of the International Security
Assistance Force in Afghanistan.
The British Kabul Cemetery began as a soldiers'
cemetery, believed to contain the graves of more than
150 British soldiers, casualties of the 1st British-Afghan
war (1840-42) and the 2nd British-Afghan war (1878-
81). The grave markers gradually disappeared but when
British troops returned in 2001 the remaining 10 were
rescued and have been set in the southern wall.
They include the headstone of Maj John Cook, of
the 5th Gurkha Rifles, who won a Victoria Cross during
hand-to-hand fighting with Pashtun tribesmen in 1878.
Over the years the cemetery has come to be a final
resting place for people from all around the world,
including Poles, Germans, Americans, French, Italians,
Russians, Chinese and Canadians.
In the years since 2001 it has been become a place
to mark the fallen of ISAF and its predecessor coalition
The British and Canadians also have memorials
there, and various US, German and other coalition units
have left markers of remembrance.
In memory of
the fallen in
Honoured: Australian soldiers lost in Afghanistan
have been immortalised in a memorial in Kabul.
Sorely missed: Cpl Yvette Maree and Spr Ben Bailey, of Mil Geo Int Cell in Combined Team Uruzgan, shaved their heads in memory
of Cpl Ashley Birt.
Photos by Cpl Hamish Paterson
Ash was a
and this is the
sort of thing that
he would do.
-- Cpl Yvette Maree,
Mil Geo Int Sect
to shake my hand and give
thanks for the memorial,"
Chap Ellis said.
"The service was to give
thanks for these brave men as
we prayed for them to provide
them safe passage to their
The memorial service held
at Sorkh Bid was led by OC
Mentoring Team Bravo, Maj
The Sorkh Bid service also
involved three members who
knew Capt Duffy, Cpl Birt
and LCpl Gavin, who spoke
of the fallen troops.
Two soldiers based at
Tarin Kot shaved their heads
in memory of Cpl Birt, as a
reminder of his often sponta
Cpl Michael Giannoukas,
Brisbane, hatched the idea of
the head shave to honour his
mate, and used the event to
fundraise for Legacy.
Cpl Yvette Maree and Spr
Ben Bailey, of Mil Geospatial
Int Section based in Tarin
Kot, took part in the head
shave to remember their good
friend of many years.
"Ash was a spontaneous
and outgoing person and this
is the sort of thing that he
would do and that is why I
shaved my head," Cpl Maree
"We wanted to show
our support for MG [Cpl
Giannoukas] and to share our
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