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Sunday Territorian 12 Jun 2016



Sunday Territorian 12 Jun 2016


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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin.; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin.

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04 NEWS SUNDAY JUNE 12 2016 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 THE 50-year battle to bring home Vietnam War veteran Corporal Reginald Hedley Hillier will end today when he is buried at the Adelaide River War Cemetery. The 26-year-old, cool young uncle and loveable larrikin was the only Territorian to die during the Vietnam War. Hundreds gathered for a moving ceremony at Christ Church Cathedral yesterday , honouring the man who has been at the forefront of a long battle to bring 22 Vietnam War dead back to Australian soil in the single biggest repatriation of servicemen killed in action. Overseeing the ceremony was Bob Shewring, president of the Vietnam Veterans Association (Northern Territory), who knew Cpl Hillier growing up in Darwin and was the driving force behind the Bring them Home campaign. He knocked around with my sisters, who are older than me, Mr Shewring said. He would probably be saying from up high what the bloody hell was that all about. He would have been honoured to know that we cared. There was an eerie quiet, broken only by the buzz of a drone filming the proceedings, Teens charged over break-ins THREE youths have been charged in relation to a number of break-ins in Alice Springs. Members from Strike Force Vega have charged three male youths two aged 15 and one aged 16 following a string of unlawful entries in Alice Springs. Detective Sergeant Lewis Chown said Police will allege the males unlawfully entered two businesses between June 5 and 7 and stole a quantity of cash. Combined, the youths were charged with eight counts of unlawful entry, eight counts of damage to property and eight counts of stealing. They appeared in Alice Springs Local Court yesterday. 50 years on, finally home as Cpl Hilliers coffin was escorted to the church by a waler horse. A bearer party guided by Warrant Officer Chris Weidner carried the coffin into church. Nephew Neil Bond, a longtime Darwin resident, recalled his earliest memories of his larrikin uncle. He was kind of like the cool young uncle whatever he said just had to be true, Mr Bond said. He was larger than life, all our life. It is going to make the next dawn service at Adelaide River very special. Brigadier Ben James, Commander 1st Brigade said his overriding impression was: what a champion bloke. He could track. He was tough. He had good survival skills. He conveyed a sense of calm and confidence, he said. Cpl Hilliers great-niece Nikki Ross gave the gathering an insight into what life at war was like, reading letters sent to the family by her great-uncle. Celebrated my birthday in the Iron Triangle, which is rife with Viet Cong, nice bloody birthday and this slowly turning into a nervous wreck with my mates getting shot down and blown to pieces. 42774, Corporal Reginald Hedley Hillier, 5 Platoon Bravo Company, 1RAR, Welcome Home. Rest In Peace. Corporal Reg Hillier's memorial service at Christ Church Cathedral following the return of his body to Australia, 50 years after his death in Vietnam. Inset: Reg Hillier, nephew Neil Bond and Darwin Vietnam Veterans Association President Bob Shewring Pictures: HELEN ORR ASHLEY MANICAROS WHO KILLED KWEMENTYAYE NELSON? If you have any information, please contact: POLICE 131 444 On 29 November 2014 Kwementyaye Nelson died as a result of a hit and run 12 kms north of the Three Ways Roadhouse. PUBLIC ASSISTANCE REQUIRED CASUARINA SQUARE FOOD COURT Offer ends 30/06/16 BURRITOSBUY ONE GET ONE FREE when you present this voucher

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