Australians Diggers remembered in Defence Honour Roll readings

Published on ABIS Kathy Tuddenham (author and photographer)

Location(s): Australian War Memorial, Canberra

Topic(s): Australian War Memorial, Naval Heritage and History

Lieutenant Commander Jeff Duke reads a personal story from the Roll of Honour at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. Assistant curator of the Roll of Honour, Meredith Duncan, is in background. (photo: ABIS Kathy Tuddenham)
Lieutenant Commander Jeff Duke reads a personal story from the Roll of Honour at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. Assistant curator of the Roll of Honour, Meredith Duncan, is in background.

On 1 August, Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Jeff Duke became one of the latest members of the Royal Australian Navy to enjoy the honour of taking part in the Australian War Memorial’s closing ceremony.

As of April 2013, Australian Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen have taken part in the ceremony as part of an initiative to enhance the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) involvement in the Australian War Memorial.

Each day during the Memorial’s closing ceremony, a serving ADF member from one of the three services reads the short personal story of a fallen member whose name is etched on the walls of the Gallery of Remembrance. They then recite the ode before the Last Post sounds.

“I was privileged to have been given the opportunity to stand in front of the Australian Public and visitors to the Australian War Memorial, to pay tribute to Private Arthur Peters, and all Australians who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our Nation,” said LCDR Duke.

“The Australian War Memorial reading is a great initiative, and being a part of it is something that I will always value,” he said.

Private Arthur Peters joined in August 1915 and fought on the Western Front, where on 9 August 1916, he died from severe wounds sustained in battle. The Australian War Memorial and the Australian Defence Force are determined to ensure that his name, and the names of more than 60,000 others from the First World War, will never be forgotten.

Navy personnel will continue to read their stories during the Memorial’s closing ceremony until August 15, and will then continue to share the honour with personnel from the Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Force on an ongoing, rotational basis. Their tributes can be watched live at https://www.awm.gov.au/events/daily-closing-ceremony/.

Imagery is available on the Royal Australian Navy Media Library at http://images.navy.gov.au/S20131026.