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The past few months have been both busy and rewarding for the
Air Force Band, with two ‘once in a lifetime’ events occurring in
the same month. We are delighted to share these stories with you
in this special edition of Advance In Review.
In April this year, Australia hosted a visit by Their Royal
Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. During that
visit, the Air Force Band had the tremendous privilege of being
part of the Royal Guard during their visit to RAAF Base Amberley.
As The Duchess of Cambridge was escorted by the Chief of
Defence Force, the Air Force Band first performed a Royal Salute
which included God Save The Queen for Prince William. Next, as
Prince William inspected the Royal Guard, we played Coronation
March by Meyerbeer. To perform these works for The Duke of
Cambridge was a great honour.
Perhaps the most memorable moment of that day was when
The Duke of Cambridge inspected the Air Force Band. I had a
brief opportunity to meet Prince William before escorting him
around the band as he took the time to stop and meet some of
As The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge departed RAAF Base
Amberley, the Air Force Band drove to Brisbane International
Airport where we departed for Turkey that very evening. After
just a couple of days of technical rehearsals, the Air Force Band
performed at the ANZAC Day Dawn Service on the shores of
Gallipoli, as well as a Commemoration Service at Lone Pine.
We also performed in a special ANZAC concert in Ankara before
returning to Australia.
It was also around this time that our new flautist, Aircraftwoman
Emma Knight, joined the Air Force Band. Emma is familiar to
the Air Force Band having undertaken work experience with us
during high school, and working with us more recently as a casual
civilian musician. I am delighted to welcome Emma as a full-time
permanent member of Air Force Band.
Squadron Leader Mathew Shelley | Commanding Officer
In this edition of Advance in Review we
are reflecting on our involvement in this
year’s Remembrance Ceremonies at Anzac
Cove and Lone Pine in Gallipoli. A few of
our members have contributed stories to
give their personal account of what the
experience was like and how it affected
To give some perspective to the significance
of this event, we have included a reading
from the Anzac Cove service by Mr Simon
Lewis, PSM Secretary of the Department of
Veterans’ Affairs, Australia.
Many of us have grown up on the stories
of heroism displayed by the Anzacs, the
stoicism with which they bore hardships,
the larrikinism which helped them endure
in the face of horrors, and the way in which
young nations came to be defined by what
occurred here. Like all history, these
stories are multifaceted, and the full story
was much more complex and layered.
Nonetheless, the words of those who served
here, written at the time, do tell of the
most extraordinary acts being undertaken
by those who simply did their jobs, did
their duty, as soldiers. The 16th Governor-
General of Australia, Richard Casey, served
here as a young officer with the Australian
First Division. In his diary he recounted a
raid on the Turkish trenches on the 30th of
May. He wrote:
As to our fellows in the Turk trench
their progress was followed by the most
remarkable series of bomb explosions and
violent eruptions for over an hour – none
of them came back and I am afraid none
of them could have got out alive. It was a
very sad – if wonderfully gallant sight to
see those 20 or 30 men going to certain
death with all the dash imaginable. I shall
never forget that last man into the Turkish
trench – he stood upon the Turkish parapet
and threw bomb after bomb into the trench.
Just as he was hurling the last one he was
knocked down by a dozen bullets and fell
into the trench ... thus ended a very heavy
battle and an unhappy piece of work. I can
not see what good these small individual
attacks can do – men get cut up and no
apparent good comes of it. If a battalion had
been pushed in they could have done
something but what can thirty men do? I
finished the day with a very great admiration
for our fellows – but it does not
tend to enspirit one.
Today, almost a century later, we take this
time to remember and honour those who
fought here for our countries and those
who gave their lives. Though we talk of
futility, nobility, horror, loss and gain and
we may argue about the world view of the
time and what it meant, we are here in
this special place to remember something
greater, to remember the people rather
than their purpose. This remembrance is
not about glorifying war. It is, rather, about
the acknowledgement of the true service
and sacrifice of those who gave their all
for their countries. This remembrance is
something that we would forget or diminish
at our peril and should we diminish their
memory, we would be left all the poorer.
Words are often hollow. But some are not:
Lest we forget.
Mr Simon Lewis, PSM, Secretary of the
Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Australia.
The Air Force Band would like to thank the
Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Australia
for allowing us to replicate this speech.
remembering the anzacs
Squadron Leader Mathew Shelley conducts the Air Force
Band during the 2014 Anzac Day memorial service at Lone
Pine. Photo by CPL Matthew Bickerton
Front Cover: Australian and New Zealand spectators watch the 2014
Anzac Day memorial service at Lone Pine. Photo by Corporal Matthew
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