Two WW1 soldiers laid to rest


Two WW1 soldiers laid to rest (2.13 mins)

Australian Army, Australia’s Federation Guard and Air Force Band personnel participated in the burial of 3625 Lance Corporal James (Lennox) Leonard Rolls 24th Bn AIF and 4802 Private Hedley Roy MacBeth 24th Bn AIF at Queant Road Cemetery, Buissy, France on Monday, 12 November 2018. In May 2015, the human remains of two First World War Australian soldiers were discovered in the disused railway embankment near Bullecourt, France. The remains were recovered by Commonwealth War Graves Commission and Unrecovered War Casualties – Army were notified. An extensive investigation has ensued, culminating with an Army Identification Board being convened on 17 August 2018. The Identification Board formally identified the two unknown Australian soldiers as being Lance Corporal James Leonard Rolls and Private Hedley Roy MacBeth. Family members, local dignitaries and senior Australian Representatives attended the service, including the Governor-General, His Excellency, General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK, MC (Retd), and Lady Cosgrove and Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, the Hon Darren Chester MP. The Australian Army commemorated the burial with a 12-man firing party from Australia’s Federation Guard which fired three volleys as the coffins were lowered into the ground. Army personnel performed the role of the burial party with a number Australia’s Federation Guard personnel acted as ushers and honour guards.

Publish Date 14 Nov 2018
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