Farewell to Lance Corporal Todd Chidgey
15 July 2014
Lance Corporal Todd Chidgey was farewelled today at the Palmdale Cemetery and Memorial Park on the New South Wales Central Coast.
Family, friends and colleagues from Sydney’s 2nd Commando Regiment gathered to commemorate Lance Corporal (LCPL) Chidgey’s life during a moving private funeral service at the Hillside Chapel.
Fellow soldiers formed the Honour Guard and Bearer Party as their comrade’s coffin was carried into the chapel.
Twenty-nine-year-old LCPL Chidgey died in a non-combat related incident in Afghanistan on 1 July 2014 while serving with a Protective Security Detachment at Headquarters International Security Assistance Force Joint Command.
Commanding Officer of the 2nd Commando Regiment, Lieutenant Colonel (LTCOL) I (identity protected), spoke of LCPL Chidgey as a dedicated Commando and loyal friend to his mates at the regiment.
“Today we mourn and farewell Lance Corporal Todd Chidgey. Todd was the kind of soldier and person who would do anything for his mates,” LTCOL I said.
“As his unit, family and friends gather to say goodbye, everyone will have their individual memories of Todd, the son, the brother, the partner, the mate and the soldier.
“Take some comfort in the fact the Army and the 2nd Commando Regiment will never forget him and he will live on in our histories, our memories and whenever we gather and remember those who fell in Afghanistan.
“Todd was a dedicated and committed Commando, who served his country, his unit and the Australian community. We should celebrate his service, his life and his contribution to ensure a better world and keep this in our minds as we mourn his passing.”
LCPL Chidgey is survived by his mother, father, brothers and partner.
The funeral was attended by the Hon Tony Abbott MP, Prime Minister; Senator the Hon David Johnston, Minister for Defence; the Hon Bill Shorten MP, Leader of the Opposition; Senator the Hon Stephen Conroy, Shadow Minister for Defence; Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, AC, Chief of the Defence Force; Lieutenant General David Morrison, AO, Chief of Army and Brigadier Dan McDaniel, DSC, DSM, Special Operations Commander Australia.
Personal details of Lance Corporal Todd Chidgey are available at: http://www.defence.gov.au/vale/LcplChidgey/default.asp
Imagery of the service is available at: http://images.defence.gov.au/S20142053
Pool vision will be fed to television networks via the Parliamentary Press Gallery after 3.30pm (AEST) today.
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