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Major Edwa rd Mosby (RGS 1994)
Course Member, Australian Command
and Staff College-Reserve (ACSC- R)-
Canberra, spoke at the School’s A NZAC
service in April about service and
commitment to the community. The
following are excerpts of his remarks.
I reflect on the fact that many of those
ANZAC’s who lost their lives were only
teenagers, some as young as 16, ordinary
young men doing their best in a campaign of
intense ferocit y. A campaign that was to be
emphasised by sadness, and grief for young
lives cut shor t and dreams left unfulfilled,
it was a campaign that exemplified the
shear horror and carnage of war.
I come to understand that over the
eight months following their initial landing
on the Peninsular, those young men
underwent a ‘trial by ordeal’ or a ‘baptism
What tradition has
gone before us
by fire’ but to their credit against all
odds they displayed their own unique
enduring qualities of mateship, trust,
a discipline based on earned respect
and not assumed worth, initiative,
resourcefulness, wry humour and, what is
often forgotten, a respect for the courage
and capability of friend and foe alike...
I can envisage these men in the midst of
battle, covered in mud and blood stained
bandages, kneeling, leaning, struggling to
stand, holding each other, cowering from
artillery shells, some with helmets some
with none, perhaps sharing a cigarette,
eating from a rusty tin of bully beef. These
men are battling the appalling conditions
of war, the losses of friends and their own
feelings of vulnerability, confusion and fear.
I can sense the threads of tragedy
amongst the hardened faces, the realit y of
increasingly imminent likely hood of injury or
death. However I get a sense that in these
deprivations there are glimpses of men
who still have humour, the will for initiative
and unselfishly devotion to their cause.
I imagine men in a location distant
from the rifle and shell fire, from the
noise and the chaos from the mud and
now sit ting and lying in grassy fields.
I see soldiers in quite contemplation,
perhaps in a search for humanit y and
one wonders if their thoughts are about
the lives of their mates who’s dreams
are now left unfulfilled, or are their
thoughts about the horror and carnage
of war, about guilt, loneliness or hate.
I see some of these soldiers with
a sense of relief and pride perhaps
felt in their own profound ways and
fur ther I see the comradeship between
these men which appears to became
revered as almost a sacred bond.
These reflections are of the original
ANZAC’s and the experiences and qualities
that have built the foundations for what
has become known as the ANZAC spirit,
a spirit which today perhaps is etched
forever in the hearts of all Australians.
[We are provided an] opportunity to not
only reflect on those original ANZACS, but
further an opportunity to reflect on all those,
whether service personnel or civilians,
men, women or children, who suffered or
continue to suffer the inflictions of war or
conflicts. We are not here to glorify war or
praise victors; we are here to acknowledge
a significant event in our nation’s histor y and
to remember those who have served our
country during times of conflict and crisis,
and to reflect upon their selfless sacrifices.
These are opportunities to remember
those who have and continue to serve their
country and those that stay behind and
provide valued and much needed support.
Major Mosby held several leadership positions
in his final year at RGS including Vice Captain of
Swimming, Dormitory Captain of Boland House
and Vice Captain of the School. He is a graduate
of the Royal Military College of Australia (Duntroon)
and holds an honours degree in psychology.
RGS Past Student teaches children the value of money
“If we could live off what they do we
would all be very wealthy people,’’
Philippa Hindmarsh (RGS 2007) said.
Philippa has a passion to help
others less fortunate and is
combining her cycling ability with a
desire to help Cambodian children.
The 23-year-old, who recently
finished a Bachelor of Accounting
at CQUniversit y, was in Cambodia
in June to cycle 300km and fund
raise. The two-week Cambodia
Challenge is about teaching financial
skills to children so they can support
themselves and their community.
“Savings had been abolished in
Cambodia and people were told it was
a bad thing, but now they are trying to
change their culture,’’ Philippa said.
Organised by the Credit Union
Foundation Australia (CUFA),
the touring group visited credit
unions in villages and participated
in lessons at village schools.
“They couldn’t speak English so we
used lots of pictures and drawings.”
Philippa helped explain the
difference between wants and
needs and ways the children could
financially help their families as well
as how to save for themselves.
The CUFA Cambodian Leadership
Challenge has been running for
almost seven years, initially starting
with around 1000 students and
now reaches 12,000 students.
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