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SAS hero Sgt Matthew Locke laid to rest
Herald Sun ^ | 3rd November 2007 | Ben Packham

Posted on 11/02/2007 6:10:23 PM PDT by naturalman1975

A LONE piper played Amazing Grace as SAS hero Sgt Matthew Locke was laid to rest in Perth yesterday.

Hundreds of mourners joined Sgt Locke's wife Leigh and son Keegan to farewell the fallen Digger, killed by a sniper in Afghanistan last week.

John Howard and Kevin Rudd suspended their election campaigns to attend the military funeral, the second time they have done so in the past three weeks.

The service followed that of slain Light Horseman Trooper David Pearce in the first week of the campaign, who was also killed in Afghanistan.

Sgt Locke's body was borne to Perth's Karrakatta Cemetery in a black hearse, an Australian flag and a bouquet of white roses sitting atop his casket. Behind were two black limousines bearing his distraught family.

His SAS comrades -- hard men in uniform and others in dark suits and sunglasses -- formed a solemn line to one side of the cemetery entrance.

Opposite was a line of year 7 students, school mates of Sgt Locke's son.

Mr Howard was accompanied by his wife, Janette, and Mr Rudd by his wife, Therese Rein.

Governor-General Michael Jeffery -- himself a former SAS commander -- also attended, along with all the military's top brass, including defence force head Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, chief of the army Lt-Gen Peter Leahy, and special operations commander Maj-Gen Mike Hindmarsh.

The Australian Army Band played Lili Marlene -- the SAS slow march -- as the funeral procession made its way into the cemetery.

In a moving tribute, Keegan read a poem he had written about his dad several months ago for a school project. It was entitled, simply, Hero.

Sgt Locke's wife Leigh also made an emotional reading, while musician John Williamson performed his Australian anthem, True Blue.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.com.au ...


TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; fallen; sas; tribute

My son spent last Saturday - one of his few Saturday's home from boarding school, and free of school commitments, and therefore very precious time to him - putting together the following image of Sgt. Locke's decorations as a tribute to him.

I'm so proud of this boy. I'm so proud that he gets it.

"I gave up one day for him. He gave up every day for me.

1 posted on 11/02/2007 6:10:24 PM PDT by naturalman1975
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To: naturalman1975
Sgt Locke's wife Leigh also made an emotional reading, while musician John Williamson performed his Australian anthem, True Blue.

Hey True Blue, don't say you've gone
Say you've knocked off for a smoko
And you'll be back later on
Hey True Blue, Hey True Blue

Give it to me straight
Face to face
Are you really disappearing,
Just another dying race,
Hey True Blue.

True Blue, is it me and you?
Is it Mum and Dad, is it a cockatoo?
Is it standing by your mate
When he's in a fight?
Or will she be right?
True Blue, I'm asking you...

Hey True Blue, can you bear the load?
Will you tie it up with wire,
Just to keep the show on the road?
Hey True Blue, Hey True Blue, now be Fair Dinkum

Is your heart still there?
If they sell us out like sponge cake
Do you really care?
Hey True Blue.

True Blue, is it me and you?
Is it Mum and Dad, is it a cockatoo?
Is it standing by your mate
When she's in a fight?

Or will she be right?
True Blue, I'm asking you...

True Blue, is it me and you?
Is it Mum and Dad, is it a cockatoo?
Is it standing by your mate
When he's in a fight?
Or will she be right?
True Blue ... True Blue.

2 posted on 11/02/2007 6:14:19 PM PDT by naturalman1975 ("America was under attack. Australia was immediately there to help." - John Winston Howard)
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To: naturalman1975

God Bless him and all out roops in harms way no matter what nation.


3 posted on 11/02/2007 6:15:18 PM PDT by caisson71
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To: naturalman1975

To the faithful departed Sgt Locke.


4 posted on 11/02/2007 6:22:00 PM PDT by padre35 (Conservative in Exile/ No more miller brewing products, pass it on/Isaiah 3.3)
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To: naturalman1975

Thank Sgt Locke. Thank you. And thank all our Australian brothers.


5 posted on 11/02/2007 6:25:31 PM PDT by Philistone (If someone tells you it's for the children, he believes that YOU are a child.)
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To: naturalman1975




If there's a trip one way, he said,
Into battle grim for me,
Don't let them say when I am dead:
He died to save democracy;
Nor let them say: He fought to free
Enslaved nations, white or brown;
Just print these simple words for me:



He would not let his cobbers down.




6 posted on 11/02/2007 6:27:13 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: naturalman1975

OZ steps up to the plate and gives up her very best. Hand salute.

Regards


7 posted on 11/02/2007 6:42:00 PM PDT by ARE SOLE (Agents Ramos and Campean are in prison at this very moment.. (A "Concerned Citizen".))
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To: naturalman1975
Matthew Locke...a name for a hero and a man that served his country and his family with honor. We share the same surname.

There was another Matthew Locke that served the Continental Army as a General and commanded the Continental troops at the Battle of King's Mountain. He later became a Senator from North Carolina. He was my GGGG Uncle and he was Senator Elizabeth Dole's GGGG Uncle also. As long as there are Lockes in the world, there will be Matthew Lockes, and most of them serve their country with honor.

8 posted on 11/02/2007 6:54:29 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: naturalman1975

You are doing an amazing job of raising your son - God bless you.

And Gob bless Sgt Matthew Locke and may he forever rest in peace. Thank you Sgt so very very much.


9 posted on 11/02/2007 7:41:52 PM PDT by RDTF ("Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear". Mark Twain)
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I'm so proud of this boy. I'm so proud that he gets it.

You have good reason to be proud of your son,naturalman.There are far too many people in the West who don't understand that freedom comes with a very steep pricetag.My prayers go to Sgt Locke and his loved ones.

10 posted on 11/02/2007 7:41:56 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Wanna see how bad it can get? Elect Hillary and find out.)
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11 posted on 11/02/2007 7:45:08 PM PDT by RDTF ("Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear". Mark Twain)
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The coffin bearing Sergeant Matthew Locke returns from Afghanistan.

12 posted on 11/02/2007 7:46:58 PM PDT by RDTF ("Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear". Mark Twain)
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To: naturalman1975

May both of these fine young men be remembered and revered always.


13 posted on 11/02/2007 9:21:58 PM PDT by Rembrandt (We would have won Viet Nam w/o Dim interference.)
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To: SandRat

Amen. To Sgt. Locke and all our Aussie brothers: Many thanks for the many times you’ve joined with us in a ruckus. Have one on me.


14 posted on 11/02/2007 9:41:19 PM PDT by wizr (I ain't perfect, but Jesus loves me anyway. You, too!)
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To: naturalman1975
Well done,sir. He's not even mine and I'm proud of him and a hat tip to you.

Rest easy, Digger Locke

15 posted on 11/03/2007 2:37:38 PM PDT by Mamba56 ("You've got to kill people, and when you've killed enough they stop fighting." - Gen. Curtis LeMay)
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