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Burnham remembers fallen soldiers

Published: 8:53PM Thursday April 25, 2013 Source: ONE News

Burnham Military Camp has today recognised its own fallen soldiers ahead of its traditional Anzac Day service.

Members of the 2/1 battalion honoured the memories of those from their ranks who lost their lives in Afghanistan last year.

"It is definitely a different feeling. Especially when you knew those people before they went over, you worked with them every day," Staff Sergeant Daniel Rosewarne told ONE News.

Before the dawn parade, the names of the fallen soldiers were read aloud in a private service.

In April last year, Corporal Douglas Hughes, 26, died in hospital as a result of an incident at the Forward Patrol Base Romero in the northeastern Bamiyan province.

On August 4, Lance Corporals Rory Malone and Pralli Durrer, both 26, were killed after a fierce three-minute gun fight in a village near Do Abe, in north-east Bamiyan province.

And later in August Lance Corporal Jacinda Baker, 26, Private Richard Harris, 21, and Corporal Luke Tamatea, 31, died when their Humvee was hit by a roadside bomb.

Following the private service, all of those men and women who served New Zealand in the Defence Force were remembered in a private ceremony in Christchurch's Cranmer Square.

Recently returned soldiers also recognised their comrades who went out to battle but never returned in the service, which concluded with the laying of wreaths.

"When you do a six month tour and at the end of that six months and you're getting tired yourself. Then you just remember back to 1915 when people were away for years at a time," said Rosewarne.