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April 25, 2013
AustrAliA’s Federation Guard
(AFG) turkish and European con-
tingents fine-tuned their drills at the
Australian War Memorial in the lead-
up to Anzac Day ceremonies on the
Gallipoli Peninsula and the French and
Guards perfected their preci-
sion and timing during the opening
and closing ceremonies of the Hall of
remembrance and in the forecourt of
the national shrine.
A total of 34 guards make up the
contingents with 13 representatives
from Army, 12 from Air Force and
nine from Navy. the contingents also
include three women.
Fourteen members will be in
Gallipoli and 20 in France/Belgium.
On the Gallipoli Peninsula, the
AFG will stand as solemn guards at
the Gallipoli Memorial throughout the
Anzac Day Dawn service.
At Villers-Bretonneux and
Bullecourt in France and Ypres in
Belgium, they will feature during
Anzac Day commemorations and at the
Menin Gate service.
For many it is their first trip to the
battlefields on Anzac Day.
ls simon Fitzgerald is Detachment
Commander, drill instructor and
Catafalque Party Commander. He
joined the AFG in January last year.
He said being part of the Gallipoli
contingent gave him an opportunity to
see another country, experience their
culture and conduct his duties in a very
“Before deploying to Gallipoli we
performed a number of tasks to display
our capabilities and assure the senior
staff they had chosen the right people,”
ls Fitzgerald said.
“Not only drills, but there is a lot
of physical and mental preparation as
well to ensure everyone appreciates
where they are going, the importance
of what we are doing and who we are
When ls Fitzgerald stands guard at
Gallipoli his thoughts will be with fam-
ily members who fought in WWii.
“One grandfather fought in the
Army and another in the Air Force. so
it gives me great pride to represent my
service and my grandfathers on such
a significant day at Gallipoli,” he said.
AB Kathleen Clifford will partic-
ipate in commemorations in Villers-
Bretonneux and Bullecourt.
“this is the first time i have been
overseas with the AFG on such an
important event and i will also cel-
ebrate my 23rd birthday in France,”
But it won’t all be celebrations for
the young sailor.
“i am a bit nervous,” AB Clifford
“A lot of people will be watching
our every move, including my fam-
ily in Dubbo. But, overall, i am really
proud and i know my family is proud.”
ls Andrew Cleghorn is Catafalque
Party Commander for the Belgium
He has undertaken ceremonial
duties with the AFG all over Australia
and in Papua New Guinea during
Kokoda commemorations and said he
was excited to be part of commemora-
tions in Belgium.
“there is no doubt the emotions
will be running high for everyone in the
AFG. to represent Australia and be part
of remembrance services on the Western
Front is going to be amazing,” he said.
OC AFG MAJ Andre le Masle said
the tempo for the AFG would increase
in the lead up to the Anzac Centenary
in 2015 and there were opportunities
for guardsmen to travel to Gallipoli,
Villers-Bretonneux or Ypres to take
part in commemoration activities.
“Any member of the ADF who is
interested in representing their service
and the ADF should direct their expres-
sion of interest to their career adviser,”
for solemn day
LS Simon Fitzgerald
the Australian War
Memorial in Canberra
before deploying to
participate in Anzac Day
ceremonies at Gallipoli.
Photo: Lauren Black
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