Funeral of Canberra officer DPR/TV/572

Accession Number F03849
Collection type Film
Measurement 3 min 20 sec
Object type Actuality footage, Television news footage
Physical description 16mm/b&w/silent
Place made Australia: Australian Capital Territory, Canberra, Australia: Australian Capital Territory, Duntroon
Date made 22 February 1967
Access Open
Conflict Period 1960-1969
Vietnam, 1962-1975
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC
Description

Soldiers from both Army Headquarters in Canberra, ACT, and from the Royal Military College, Duntroon, ACT, today paid their last respects to a fallen comrade at a Requiem Mass at the Roman Catholic section of the Anzac Memorial Chapel, Duntroon. The mass preceded the funeral of Major Donald Mackenzie Bourne, of the Canberra suburb of Watson, who was killed by an exploding Viet Cong booby trap in Vietnam on February 14. A firing party and escourt was provided by members of 1st Field Regiment, RAA, who were in Canberra for the opening of Federal Parliament yesterday and music was provided by the band of the Royal Military College. Following the funeral service, the coffin, mounted on a gun carriage, moved off to the Canberra Cemetery for the burial service. Major Bourne, who was the Officer Commanding "C" Company, 5th Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment, is the most senior Australian officer to have been killed during the Vietnam war.

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