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Soldiers in solidarity – East Timorese and Australian veterans march together on Anzac Day

MEETING Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge and attending ex-servicemen’s events were among the highlights for veterans of Timor’s war of liberation, visiting South East Queensland for Anzac Day commemorations. Led by former clandestine intelligence operative Jorge Alves, the nine veterans from Timor Leste, attended the Anzac Day Mass in St Stephen’s Cathedral. Earlier that day, the Timor veterans participated in the ... Read More »

Standing in solidarity, Timorese veterans to stand alongside Australian veterans for ANZAC Day Mass

NINE Timorese war veterans will stand alongside Australian veterans during next week’s Anzac Day Mass in Brisbane’s St Stephen’s Cathedral. The attendance of Timorese veterans is becoming a tradition and has an extra poignancy in 2019 – 20 years after the country’s vote for independence. Timor Leste President Francisco Guterres joined a contingent of veterans visiting Queensland in 2017, taking ... Read More »

Internet reunites lost soldier with descendants nearly 100 years after his death in First World War

MATTRESS maker Private Frank Percy Hanlon was waiting in the trenches for his call of duty on a railway line when a mortar shell exploded near him and another soldier. Fellow soldiers wrote eyewitness reports confirming the “rather slim and rather quiet” 20-year-old was killed “instantaneously” on April 23, 1917, around 800 metres away from Bullecourt, France, where days later ... Read More »

Activists protest guns in churches on Anzac Day

gun protest

A FATHER and son, members of the Catholic Worker movement, have demonstrated against soldiers carrying rifles in churches during Anzac Day commemorations. Jim Dowling and his son Franz took their action to the steps of St Stephen’s Cathedral in Brisbane last week, where an Anzac Day service honoured the actions of military service men and women. “There are soldiers with ... Read More »

Families pray and recall sacrifice of loved ones killed in war 100 years ago

Val Davidson looks at the honour roll

UNTIL two weeks ago, Val Davidson believed only one place honoured the memory of her uncle who never returned home from the First World War. Charleville-native Private John Joseph Kenny, who is Mrs Davidson’s father’s older brother, died on his first day of battle in Gaza, Egypt, on April 19, 1917. He was only 23. Mrs Davidson had seen his ... Read More »

‘I’ll never hold another rifle or gun in my hand again’: Vietnam War veteran Peter Handy on the meaning of Anzac Day

Veterans Support Centre president Peter Handy

PETER Handy finds nothing glorious about war. His lips tighten and a tear forms when asked what Anzac Day means for him. “It brings out every emotion,” Mr Handy, 67, recalling his own national service years spent with the 8th Field Ambulance during the Vietnam War, said. As president of the Veterans Support Centre Queensland at Nerang, he is passionate ... Read More »

Timorese guerrilla fighter joins students and veterans at Brisbane Anzac Day commemoration

Timorese veteran meets Catholic school students

TIMOR Leste’s independence struggle veteran Mau Buti spent 24 years as a guerrilla fighter living in the mountains. Last week Mr Buti mingled with Australian students and veterans as he and 30 Timorese veterans accompanied his country’s President-elect Francisco Guterres on a visit to Queensland to strengthen veteran ties and take part in Anzac Day commemorations. In Brisbane’s Anzac Square ... Read More »

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