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V3 Infantry Rifle Company, RNZIR. 1st Aust Task Force
South Vietnam 1968-69.
Mercury Bay, Whitianga 2015
 Deceased New Zealand Vietnam Veteran Suammaries - 2015 

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The Last Post background ensemble is that played by the Australian Army Band 25 April 2010, during the ANZAC Day service held at Robina on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia.

The ensemble for the New Zealand Vietnam veterans funeral notice is due recognition of the 'ANZAC SPIRIT', given that the majority of New Zealand Defence Force personnel served in South Vietnam as sub-units' of the 1st Australian Task Force.

May the soul rest in peace, as we reflect upon contribution of our contemporary to maintaining freedom and security for nations and all people therein.

"As on our arms reversed we rest,
Reflecting upon those who gave their best,
Let our sorrow echo to most,
Prior to final call of LAST POST."
Copyright. Victor R Johnson MNZM, 2007.

Definitions

The following are defintions of the abbreviations on this page:
  • ALSG - Australian Logistical Support Group
  • ATF - Australian Task Force

Year-to-date Listings 2015
03

Total 2014 - 49
Total 2013 - 47
Total 2012 - 32
Total 2011 - 47
Total 2010 - 31
Total 2009 - 50
Total 2008 - 34
Total 2007 - 38
Total 2006 - 33
Total 2005 - 32
Total 2004 - 28

Roll of Honour 2015

01.] 981277 W. A. G. Illingworth RNZIR
7 January 2015, in his 67th year.
V4/W3 Infantry Rifle Companys, 1 ATF, South Vietnam.
No. 52 - V4 RNZIR Roll.
02.] T39370 M. W. MAUNSELL RNZA
15 January 2015, in his 71st year.
161 Battery, 1 ATF, South Vietnam.
No. 240 - 161 Bty RNZA Roll.
03.] 214430 P. G. McRAE RNZIR
23 January 2015.
W2 Infantry Rifle Company, 1 ATF, South Vietnam.
No. 47 - W2 RNZIR Roll.

THE FINAL INSPECTION
The soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

'Step forward now, you soldier,
How shall I deal with you ?
Have you always turned the other cheek ?
To My Church have you been true?'

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
'No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand.

There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

'Step forward now, you soldier,
You've borne your burdens well..
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell.'

Perhaps just a simple headline in the paper should say:

OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING,
FOR A SOLDIER DIED TODAY

Author: Anonymous.

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