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Troops from Australia,
New Zealand, Papua
New Guinea and Tonga
deployed in Solomon Islands
paused on March 9 to
remember fallen soldier
Private Jamie Clark, while
also opening a kindergar ten
in his name.
PTE Clark, of 3 Battalion, The Royal
Australian Regiment (3RAR), was
killed in an accident while deployed on
Operation Anode in Solomon Islands on
March 10, 2005.
At the age of 21, PTE Clark was on his
second operational deployment. In 2002,
he ser ved as a rifleman in East Timor on
Operation Citadel and then in January
2005 he deployed with Bravo Company
to Solomon Islands in support of the
Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon
While conducting a section patrol in
the hills of Mount Austen, searching for
weapon caches, PTE Clark died when he
fell into a mine shaft.
Combined Task Force 635 marked the
sixth anniversary of Private Clark’s death
with a memorial ser vice, which was
attended by his mother,
Mrs Avril Clark.
Commanding Officer Lieutenant
Colonel Paul Landford and Mrs Clark
laid a wreath in commemoration of
Private Clark’s death.
Sergeant Lorenzo Arevalo, who ser ved
with PTE Clark in 3RAR, addressed the
ser vice and spoke of a selfless mate who
was determined to serve his country
proudly and to one day realise his dream
of becoming a Special Air Ser vice trooper.
“Jamie was hardworking and
professional, the type of soldier who
always put his mates and duty before
himself,” SGT Arevalo said.
Coinciding with the anniversary of PTE
Clark’s death was the official opening
Private Jamie Clark’s legacy lives on
Mrs Avril Clark, mother of Private Jamie Clark,
shares a moment with the guest of honour, Lieutenant
Colonel Paul Landford, at the opening of the Private
Jamie Clark Memorial Kindergarten in GifuVillage,
Honiara. Photo: Corporal Janine Fabre
By Captain Lacey Western
of the PTE Jamie Clark Memorial
Kindergar ten in the Gifu region.
Since her son’s death, Mrs Clark has
formed a deep attachment to the Solomon
Islands villagers who live close to where
Jamie died. She returns to the Gifu region
yearly and for the past six years has became
actively involved in raising money for the
village to build a kindergarten.
As an educator herself, Mrs Clark
felt building a kindergarten was an
important step in paving the way for a
brighter future for the village children.
The materials and construction of the
kindergarten relied entirely on donations
from friends, family and businesses.
“3RAR kicked off the fundraising with
a donation of $5000,” Mrs Clark said.
“I wrote letters to half a dozen
businesses in Perth asking for donations.
“We organised a trivia night which
raised around $13,000. The RSL in
Perth also donated $1000.”
Despite the loss of her son, Mrs Clark
has ensured a legacy in his name that
will endure in the country where he
willingly served. The PTE Jamie Clark
Memorial Kindergarten will remain
a monument to selfless sacrifice and
hope for a safe and secure future for the
people of Solomon Islands.
“I think Jamie would be very proud,
and I am very proud of the whole
community and everyone who’s been
involved,” Mrs Clark said.
MALAYSIA – Australia and the other
members of the Five Power Defence
Arrangement (FPDA) have completed
a major military exercise to plan and
conduct a joint military operation for the
defence of Malaysia and Singapore.
The FPDA countries – Australia,
Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand and
the UK – conducted Exercise Bersama
Shield 2011 from May 2-13. Participants
were challenged to jointly plan and
execute tactical missions for 46 combat
aircraft and nine warships.
Exercise harnesses power of five
During the exercise, FPDA warships and
a diverse range of combat aircraft engaged
in complex air defence exercises.
The tactical missions involved the
integration of different aircraft types,
coordinated by 130 FPDA personnel
at Butterworth Air Base in Malaysia.
The exercise was a useful challenge for
Australia’s new F/A-18F Super Hornets,
and the RAN guided missile frigates,
HMA Ships Ballarat and Parramatta.
The Super Hornets, from 1 Squadron
at RAAF Base Amberley in Queensland,
trained alongside Malaysian MiG-29
interceptors and Singaporean F-16s. The
combined maritime task group conduct
highly realistic air defence exercises.
The Commanding Officer of 1 Squadron,
Wing Commander Glen Braz, said the Super
Hornets practised air combat tactics that
enhanced the Air Force’s experience of air
combat with regional defence forces.
“This type of training is especially beneficial for
exposing our aircrew to a highly complex and
multi-national environment that aids in developing
their air combat skills and experience,” he said.
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