World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

New Zealand Battalion Farewells Irish Comrade

Commanding Officer of NZ Battalion, Lieutenant Colonel Lofty Hayward salutes Private Peadar Flaherty

A funeral service was held at the New Zealand Battalion headquarters in Suai yesterday afternoon to farewell Private Peadar Flaherty, an Irish soldier serving with the Battalion in East Timor.

Private Flaherty died on Monday after receiving an accidental gunshot wound to the head while on patrol near Taroman, north of Suai.

Private Flaherty’s coffin, carried by NZ soldiers, was welcomed onto the camp where members of the NZ Battalion and the Irish contingent were gathered.

The poignant service, conducted by Chaplain Wayne Toleafoa, RNZN, included prayers and a reading by one of Private Flaherty’s platoon members.

Members of the Irish contingent sit beside Private Flaherty's coffin during the service

The Commanding Officer of the NZ Battalion, Lieutenant Colonel Lofty Hayward, addressed the large gathering speaking of how genuinely respected Private Flaherty was amongst his fellow soldiers. Describing him as quiet and dependable, he emphasised how Peadar would be greatly missed by his friends and fellow soldiers, and his family in Ireland.

The atmosphere was sombre and still as the Last Post was played by a bugler and flags were flown at half mast.

Private Flaherty, accompanied by a section of Irish soldiers, a section of NZ soldiers and the NZ Commanding Officer, was then flown to Dili by RNZAF Iroquois helicopter where he was to be met by the Irish Senior National Officer before returning home to Ireland.


Karen Hill
Flying Officer
Public Relations Officer
Media Support Unit
New Zealand Forces in East Timor

17 April 2002

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: Zimbabwe - Meet The New Bosses

At 75, Mnangagwa is not exactly what you’d call a new broom. As many observers have pointed out, his track record has been one of unswerving dedication to Mugabe ever since the days of anti-colonial insurgency... To these guys, things had to change in Zimbabwe, so that things could remain the same. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: Is This Guy The World’s Most Dangerous Thirtysomething?

Saudi Arabia has long been regarded as a pillar of stability in the Middle East, and is the essential caterer to the West’s fossil fuel needs. It is also the country that gave us Osama Bin Laden, al Qaeda, and 15 of the 19 terrorists who carried out the 9/11 attacks... More>>

ALSO:

Non-Binding Postal Vote: Australia Says Yes To Same Sex Marriage

Binoy Kampmark: Out of 150 federal seats, 133 registered affirmative totals in returning their response to the question “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?”. More>>

ALSO:

Bonn Climate Change Conference: Protecting Health In Small Island States

The vision is that, by 2030, all Small Island Developing States will have health systems that are resilient to climate change and countries around the world will be reducing their carbon emissions both to protect the most vulnerable from climate risks and deliver large health benefits in carbon-emitting countries. More>>

ALSO: