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Wednesday, 10 April 1957

Mr CRAMER (BENNELONG, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Army) - The honorable member is referring to a tragic event - the worst, I think, in the history of the Royal Military College - which happened last year. What he says is perfectly true. Reference was made to the great bravery of the three cadets he mentioned - that is, Cadets Reilly, Pritchard and Noble - at the coroner's inquiry -last year. I also made a public statement at the time, in which I stated my recognition of their great bravery. I also wrote to their parents, extending my sympathy and that of the Government, and informing them that we recognized the bravery of their sons. I take this opportunity again of recognizing publicly the bravery of these lads. Without thought of the safety of their own lives they took action lo rescue two of their mates who were in difficulties, and as a result they themselves, got into difficulties and the whole five of them were drowned. The only two survivors of those who went to the rescue were honoured in the way that the honorable member has said. Of course, special services were held at the college in recognition of the bravery of these cadets.

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