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The Last Post Ceremony for William Lord Australian War Memorial
The Half Flight (Wikipedia) was apparently the first aviation military force to serve Australia abroad on active duty and is considered the birth of the RAAF. The man honoured at the ceremony, my great uncle William Lord (my grandfather’s twin brother) an air mechanic and with his twin brother Hector (my grandfather) were members of this historic Half Flight. William was therefore one of the first airman to sacrifice his life for our country. See all photos here Wall of RemembranceAustralian Flying Corp William Henry Lord -Air Mechanic died 22 years of age around 1916 and buried in Bagdad
It was a great honour to attend the ceremony and feel the respect given to him by the RAAF and dignitaries. This, being the eve of the RAAF Centenary celebration, was no doubt one of the reasons why my Great Uncle, who in reality was just a young 22 year old air mechanic, was selected for this evening’s remembrance and honoured by the attendance of so many high ranking dignitaries which included His Excellency General David Hurley the Governor General together with Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley and the Chief of Air Force Air Marshall Mel Hupfield together with Mrs Louise Hupfield all of whom we were introduced to and spoke with. There was also The Hon. Darren Chester Minister for Veteran Affairs, and Warrant Officer of the Air Force Fiona Grasby among numerous others. A slightly edited version of the Last Post ceremony is available to view on You Tube
Walking into the Australian War Memorial and being part of such a reverential service was amazing and one we will never forget for the rest of our lives. The AWM staff and the RAAF personnel were so attentive and respectful. They told us as family of William Lord we were V.I.P.s and we were given respect and attention way beyond our expectations. Everyone was so kind and thankful for our participation. We gratefully thank all involved.
The honour was arranged by my cousin Robyn who I had not seen for nearly 50 years so it was very special to catch up with her and to meet her husband Stuart and her son Ryan with his beautiful girlfriend Clare. Wow! What a mind blowing celebration it was!!! Obviously we don’t have too many photos of the ceremony but our thanks goes to the RAAF for supplying the last photos we’ve shown here. Cousin Robyn Boyd, myself and Ryan Boyd taken just prior to the Last Post CeremonyRobyn Boyd, Sue Chamberlain, Ryan Boyd
Written by Sue Chamberlain
Some of the Dignitaries at the ceremonyAir Marshall Mel Hupfield - Chief of the Air Force, His Excellency General David Hurley the Governor General of Australia, Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley and The Hon. Darren Chester MP Minister for Veteran Affairs
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