Dedication Of The Permanent Kapooka Tragedy Memorial

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Issued by Ministerial Support and Public Affairs, Department of Defence, Canberra, ACT

Phone: 02 6127 1999, Fax: 02 6265 6946

MSPA 176/10

19 May, 2010



Permanent Kapooka Tragedy Memorial site, San Isadore Road, Wagga.  


21 May 2010


2.00pm 21 May 10


The dedication service for the permanent memorial to the Kapooka Tragedy will take place at

the new memorial site on San Isadore Road opposite the previous memorial site.

There will be a brief service commencing at 2.00pm on 21 May 2010. The commemorative

service will be similar in nature to those held on Anzac Day with a catafalque party, lowering

and raising of the flag, selected hymns and prayers and the recitation of the Roll of Honour

which lists the names of those who were killed.

The memorial was built in dedication to the accidental deaths of twenty-six army engineers,

or 'Sappers', in an explosion during a training exercise at the Royal Australian Engineers

Training Centre, Kapooka Camp, near Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, on 21 May 1945.

This memorial is the result of a joint project between the City of Wagga Wagga, The Royal

Australian Engineer Corps and the Kapooka Military Area. Earlier this month a group of

engineers from 21 Construction Squadron deployed from Sydney to Wagga to create the new

memorial site in an area that could be accessed by members of the public. 

The event will be attended by a number of military dignitaries such as Major General Steve

Day (Senior Army Engineer), Major General Craig Williams (Commander 2nd Division),

Colonel Finney (COMDT ARTC), Group Captain Rogers (COMDT RAAF Base Wagga),

and  Lieutenant Commander Jolley (Senior Navy Representative).

The Federal Member for Riverina Mrs Kay Hull, MP, the Mayor of Wagga Councillor Kerry

Pascoe, Mr Phil Pinyon the General Manager of the Wagga Council will be joining the

families of those killed in the accident as well as a number of associations paying tribute to

those who lost their lives.

Media Contacts:

Please contact Major Mew on 0429 195 344 to arrange opportunities for interviews and

access to the memorial for live coverage.

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