Farewell to Lance Corporal Stjepan ‘Rick’ Milosevic
12 September 2012
A private funeral service was held for Lance Corporal Stjepan ‘Rick’ Milosevic at Marist College in Ashgrove, Brisbane today.
Forty-year-old Lance Corporal Milosevic, from the 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment (Queensland Mounted Infantry), was killed in an insider attack at Patrol Base Wahab in the Baluchi Valley region of Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan on 29 August 2012.
A former student of Marist College, who graduated in 1989, Lance Corporal Milosevic was farewelled by current students and mates from his regiment, who lined the route to the school chapel.
The funeral procession was led by a riderless horse, which is a symbol of respect and mourning for fallen members of Light Horse units.
In a heartfelt eulogy, Commanding Officer 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment Lieutenant Colonel Mark Welburn, pledged to the fallen soldier’s two young daughters to honour his memory.
“Today, the regiment grieves the loss of a highly respected and much loved soldier,” Lieutenant Colonel Welburn said.
“In his four years of service, Rick lived the values that professional soldiers aspire to and he served with honour, courage and commitment.
“To Sarah and Kate, I would like to tell you that your father was a great soldier and you can be exceptionally proud of him. The example he set others and the way he served his nation has touched all of us. We thank you for the time you shared him with us and we promise you we will honour him.”
The Chief of Army, Lieutenant General David Morrison AO, attended the funeral alongside senior military dignitaries and members of the 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment.
Lance Corporal Stjepan ‘Rick’ Milosevic was buried in a private service at the Mount Gravatt Cemetery.
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