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Service for Private
More than 500 mourners
attended the service for Private
Timothy James Aplin at Brisbane’s
St Johns Cathedral.
Those attending the service
included family, fellow
commandos, senior military
personnel and dignitaries.
Boys from Pte Aplin’s former
school, Brisbane Boys’ College
lined the stairs to the cathedral in
honour of their former collegian.
Pte Aplin was killed along with
Pte Benjamin Chuck and Pte
Scott Palmer when the helicopter
they were in crashed on its way to
a mission south of the Australian
base at Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan.
The soldiers were part of the
Special Operations Task Group
drawn from the Sydney-based
2nd Commando Regiment.
Below: Special Operations Commander
Australia, Major General Timothy
McOwen stands with Minister of
Defence John Faulkner, Prime Minister
Julia Gillard and Queensland Premier
With a strength of approximately 315
members, the unit marched to RSL
park where a ceremony was held to
recognise the efforts ADF Reserve
forces play in the community.
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale and Air
Commodore Hugh Bartholomeusz
led the service, which included a
wreath laying ceremony and an official
reception at the Ipswich Civic Centre.
The sun shone on the event at RSL
Park in the Ipswich CBD as wreaths
were laid to remember those who had
died for their country. All defence forces
were recognised, with 23 Squadron
representing RAAF Amberley.
Reserve Forces Day
The largest Reserve unit in South East Queensland, 23 Squadron, took part in
the Reserve Forces Day in Ipswich recently.
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