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Army November 21, 2013
Cpl Keighran meets the Queen
Exciting moment: Cpl Daniel Keighran VC and his wife Kathryn
meet Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.
Photo courtesy of Camera Press/Austral
CPL Dan Keighran VC might have
had butterflies in his stomach before
meeting the Queen but said he had
been looking forward to the private
audience and it had gone off without
Cpl Keighran met Queen Elizabeth
at Buckingham Palace on November 6.
He was awarded a VC for his
efforts in 2010, during a three-hour
battle in Derapet in Afghanistan. Cpl
Keighran broke cover several times to
draw fire away from his patrol, includ-
ing during the evacuation LCpl Jared
MacKinney who later died.
"It's not just about me. Some of the
guys did some remarkable things in
the battle of Derapet," he said.
Cpl Keighran presented the Queen
with a book about Kalgoorlie, where
he now works in a mine.
"You've got to turn up with some-
thing, don't you?" he said.
"It was a great honour to meet
Her Majesty and to represent the
Australian Army and the boys from
6RAR also present at Derapet," Cpl
"Meeting the Queen was not some-
thing I ever dreamed I would do. Her
Majesty was very knowledgeable
about Australia and the work we have
undertaken in Afghanistan, and it was
a real privilege to have had this oppor-
tunity to meet her."
While in London, Cpl Keighran
also met with members of the Victoria
Cross and George Cross Association,
of which he is the newest member and
one of only nine living Victoria
Cross recipients worldwide.
He also read the Ode to the
Fallen during the Remembrance
Day Service at the Australian
War Memorial in London's Hyde
He and his wife Kathryn shook
the Queen's hand before talking
about the differences between
Australia's and London's weather.
He said a few Army mates
had told him to say g'day but he
thought it was best to keep it a for-
The VC medals are made by
London jeweller Hancocks and Co
from the cannons captured during
the Crimean War in the mid-1800s.
Cpl Keighran said he dropped
by the store on the spur of the
moment to say hello.
"I think they were actually
quite surprised," he said.
Cpl Keighran transferred to the
Active Reserve in 2011.
Silent tribute to fallen
More than 100,000 ADF personnel remembered for their service and sacrifice across all conflicts since 1860
We salute you:
gather in the
Hall of Memory
at the Austral-
ian War Memo-
rial in Canberra
to pay their
Day. Left, CDF
Gen David Hur-
ley salutes the
Photos by Cpl
Sgt Dave Morley
DISMAL weather didn't deter thou-
sands of ADF personnel, veterans,
their families and members of the
public huddling under umbrellas to
pay their respects at the Australian
War Memorial on Remembrance
This year marked the 95th anniver-
sary of the end of WWI, and the 20th
anniversary of former prime minister
Paul Keating's eulogy to the Unknown
Crowds at hundreds of
Remembrance Day ceremonies across
Australia, and at bases internationally,
reflected on the sacrifice of diggers in
past and present conflicts.
While no WWI diggers remain,
their relatives and friends took part to
remember their sacrifice.
For the occasion, Mr Keating deliv-
ered this year's Remembrance Day
He said the unknown soldier had
become a symbol to the bravery and
sacrifice of troops and that during the
war ordinary people "were not ordi-
nary at all".
"The unknown Australian soldier
interred in this Memorial reminds
us of these lessons, as much as he
reminds us of the 100,000 Australians
lost to us by war," he said.
Mr Keating said he was heartened
that many young Australians found a
sense of purpose in the Anzac legend
and from those Australian men and
women who had fought in wars over
the last 100 years.
"But the true commemoration of
their lives, service and sacrifice is to
understand that the essence of their
motivation was their belief in all we
had created here and our responsibility
in continuing to improve it," he said.
About 102 schoolchildren
placed poppies on the Stone of
Remembrance, symbolising the more
than 102,000 Australian war dead.
Victoria Cross recipient Cpl Ben
Roberts-Smith attended the ceremo-
ny to commemorate the contribution
of two Australian soldiers killed in
Afghanistan within the past 13 months
-- Cpl Scott Smith, of SOER, and Cpl
Cameron Baird, of 2 Cdo Regt.
Their families were in attendance
to see the unveiling of the names
that had been added to the Australian
War Memorial's Afghanistan Roll of
At the Last Post ceremony held as
the sun went down, Mr Keating's eulo-
gy for the Unknown Australian Soldier
was read by Cpl Roberts-Smith. The
eulogy will now be read at the Last Post
ceremony every Remembrance Day.
HONOURED ON AWM ROLL
Sgt Dave Morley
THE names of Cpls Scott Smith and Cameron
Baird have been added to the Afghanistan Roll
of Honour at the Australian War Memorial in
They were unveiled in a small private
ceremony attended by the diggers' families on
Cpl Smith, of Special Operations Engineer
Regt, was killed by an IED during an
engagement with insurgents on October 21,
Cpl Baird, of 2 Cdo Regt, was killed by
small-arms fire during
an engagement with
the Taliban on June
said his family was
honoured to be at the
AWM to represent
Cameron and to pay
tribute to the fallen
soldiers from the Iraq
and Afghanistan wars.
"Cameron was a
very fine, decorated
soldier and it will be
an honour to see his
name up here today,"
Cpl Baird was
awarded the Medal
of Gallantry for his
actions in Afghanistan
in November 2007.
RSM SOER said
seeing Cpl Smith's name on the Roll of Honour
was "very powerful".
"It goes a long way to remembering the
soldier Scott was -- well-respected and the
consummate soldier," he said.
"This will allow a lot of my soldiers to get
Australia's Federation Guard provided a
catafalque party at the Tomb of the Unknown
Australian Soldier while the diggers' families
laid wreaths in their memory.
Cpl Scott Smith.
Cpl Cameron Baird.
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