Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Special Meaning to Service; First Anzac Day since Death of Cpl Ashley Birt

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Special Meaning to Service; First Anzac Day since Death of Cpl Ashley Birt

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NEV

MCHARG

EDITOR

nev.mcharg@gympietimes.com

DAWN in Gympie yesterday was much different to the landing at Gallipoli where the Anzac legend was born 97 years ago, as about 1500 members of the community assembled in Reef St near the memorial flame for the dawn service.

The 5am service was led by Gympie RSLA Sub-branch president Frank Bontoft, as members of 9RQR mounted guard at the cenotaph with naval cadets forming a guard on the steps leading to the dais.

Mr Bontoft said Anzac Day 2012 had special significance for many in the Gympie region following the loss of Gympie son Corporal Ashley Birt, 22, who was killed by a rogue Afghan soldier on October 29, 2011. He said a special plaque had been unveiled in Memorial Lane to mark

this loss.

Gympie Mayor Ron Dyne told the gathering it was heartening to see the numbers, especially young people, at the dawn service to remember all Australians who had served in the Australian Defence Forces from the Boer War through to Afghanistan today. …

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