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Army October 24, 2013
A Royal visit
Soldiers meet Prince Harry on his first trip here in 10 years
Sgt Dave Morley
WALKING 300km along Thailand's
infamous Death Railway over a 12-day
period is how a group of former offic-
ers and NCOs plan to raise money for
The team of 16 will step off from Ban
Pong, Thailand, next Anzac Day, follow-
ing in the footsteps of WWII diggers in a
project titled The Walk Home 2014.
Project OIC Bryan Ramsbottom said
the team consisted of former members of
8/12 Mdm Regt, 103 Mdm Bty, 4RAR
(Cdo) and Norforce.
"In addition to the former Army mem-
bers, we are being joined by some state
and federal law enforcement officers and
civilians who support the ADF," he said.
"Over our careers we have seen
deployments to Cambodia, Iraq,
Afghanistan, Timor-Leste, Solomon
Islands and South Sudan and we still
feel a strong connection to the Australian
Army and our former units."
Mr Ramsbottom said he and his mates
had been fortunate enough to return home
from their deployments in relatively good
"But there are younger diggers out
there now who haven't been as lucky as
us and we wanted to be able to contribute
something back," he said.
"Soldier On is doing great work and
our ultimate goal is raising awareness and
finances for its current and future projects.
"In a sign that shows that mateship is
still a core value of the ADF, 8/12 Regt
has come on board."
Mr Ramsbottom said the idea for
the walk came from a trip he made with
his wife to the cemetery and museum at
Kanchanaburi and the bridge over the
"While there I thought it would be a
good idea to walk the railway one day. I
didn't think much of it until I returned to
my AO and got an email from my wife
who had seen a segment on TV about
Soldier On," he said.
"She suggested I walk the railway for
Mr Ramsbottom put the idea to his
mates from 8/12 Regt on Anzac Day.
"They said if I got it off the ground,
they would be in and about two weeks
later The Walk Home 2014 had begun,"
"Between now and the start of the
walk 8/12 Regt will be raising money
during weekly sports activities."
Currently, the team has raised more
than $13,000 for Soldier On.
To help the project visit the Facebook page
and website at www.thewalkhome.com.au and
VIP visitors: An SASR soldier chats with Prince Harry at Campbell Barracks in Perth this month.
Following the memory
of fallen WWII diggers
Heave-ho: Former soldiers keep up their fitness in preparation for their long
Walk Home 2014 trek taking in 300km of the Death Railway in Thailand.
PRINCE Harry visited the SASR
when he was in Australia earlier
this month for the International
Fleet Review (IFR).
During the visit to Campbell
Barracks in Perth, the Prince met
past and present SASR members,
toured the base and honoured
fallen members at the Garden of
In Perth, accompanied by the CO
and RSM SASR, Prince Harry joined
the families of SASR members killed
on operations and training.
CO SASR Lt-Col G said the visit
from Prince Harry was an honour
and a privilege.
"It has been 10 years since Prince
Harry last visited Australia and we
are humbled and grateful that he has
made the time to join us," Lt-Col G
"Prince Harry knows what it
means to serve his nation on opera-
tions and, most importantly, what
it means to the families of those
"Today's visit represents a unique
opportunity to recognise the broader
SASR family that provides the back
up and support at home."
The prince also met with 2 Cdo
Regt's Pte Heath Jamieson and
Cpl Seamus Donaghue, of Soldier
Recovery Centre Brisbane, in
Sydney during a reception for young
Australians at IFR.
Pte Jamieson and Cpl Donaghue
said they felt lucky to meet the
prince again, after spending time
with him at a training camp last
month in the UK.
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