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... as we that are left grow old [Northern Territory]

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Media Release The Hon Bruce Scott HP Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Federal Member lor Maranoa


6 November 1998

... As We That Are Left Grow Old [Northern Territory]

As the Northern Territory’s sole surviving World War I Digger - Rowcliffe Thompson - remembers his fallen comrades on Remembrance Day, all Northern Territorians are encouraged to take a minute to honour the sacrifice of Australians who have died while serving their country.

This Remembrance Day - Wednesday 11 November - marks the 80th anniversary of the end of World War I, a conflict which saw 416,000 Australians volunteer for service. Of these 324,000 served overseas. Two-thirds suffered casualties and more than 60,000 Australians never came home.

Mr Thompson joined the 6th Reinforcements, 38th Battalion, Australian Imperial Forces and sailed for England in December 1916. In August Mr Thompson proceeded to France with the reinforcements. He was wounded in action on 12 October 1917 suffering severe bullet wounds to the legs and evacuated to England. He returned to Australia in October 1919.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Bruce Scott, is urging all Australians on this Remembrance Day to remember the price of war - the sacrifice of 102,807 Australians who have died fighting for their country during the past century.

"Their courage and sacrifice is part of our heritage. The simple gesture of observing a minute’s silence at 11 a.m. on 11 November will ensure that heritage continues to be treasured," Mr Scott said.


Attention News Editor:

Nationally there are 66 surviving World War I Diggers and 20 allied veterans.

The national Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra will be broadcast on ABC Television and Radio.

Media Contact:

Gary Kent (Ministerial): 02 6277 7820 or 0419 854 211

Phil Diak (Departmental): 02 6289 6578 or 0411 107 261 09/11/1998