Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

FAMILY RECALLS 'BORN SOLDIER' Remembered as a Hero; LOST DIGGER: Private Bewes' Farewell Message to Loved Ones

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

FAMILY RECALLS 'BORN SOLDIER' Remembered as a Hero; LOST DIGGER: Private Bewes' Farewell Message to Loved Ones

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Byline: James Perkins james.perkins@tweednews.com.au

PRIVATE Nathan Bewes would send the same text message to his family and friends each time he was deployed to a war zone.

"Remember it's goodbye for now, not forever."

It is a sentiment his family are holding onto as they deal with his loss this week at their home in Murwillumbah.

Parents Gary and Kay, his sister Stephanie, partner Alice Walsh and cousins Samuel and David Preston have been remembering a 23-year-old they describe as a patriotic, loveable larrikin.

Stephanie said he was the best brother anyone could ever have and Alice described him as the most amazing person she had met.

"I'll never stop loving my Bewesy," Ms Walsh said.

"Nathan will be forever remembered by his family and friends and we know he will always watch over us."

He was 100 per cent his father's son and they will all miss him terribly.

"It is going to take a long time to come to terms with and is something that we won't get over and will never forget, it is a part of you that is gone," Mrs Bewes said on Sunday.

But tempering their grief is the knowledge that Nathan was born to join the army.

Kay's father Cliff Gill walked the Kokoda Track in World War II and Gary's father, Jack Bewes, flew Lancaster Bombers overA BritainA in the same war.

The Mount Saint Patrick College student joined Murwillumbah's 225 Army Cadet Unit at the age of 13 and rose to the rank of Company Commander.

When Samuel joined 5/7 RAR and served in East Timor the family knew there was no stopping Nathan.

Gary said his son was a born leader and loved the comradeship of the armed forces. He thrived on the lifestyle, the adventure and the mateship.

"He was very proud of the job he did and we were very proud of the job he did as well," Mrs Bewes said. …

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