A fallen hero

New Zealand has lost another hero today.

A New Zealand SAS soldier died on the way to hospital in Afghanistan last night after being shot in the chest after a group of suicide attackers stormed a British compound in the capital, Kabul.

Prime Minister John Key said early this morning: “I have limited details about the soldier’s death, but I am advised that he died during fighting that followed an attack by insurgents in Kabul in the last few hours.”

The soldier was one of at least 10 people killed in the Taleban attack on the British Council in the western part of Kabul.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.


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  • thor42

    Agreed. I was sad to hear of this.

  • jabba

    when it comes to this sort of thing, war situations, I am chiken shit. I wouldn’t do what they do so that is why, and other reasons I guess, that my respect for our armed forces, as small as they are, is so great.
    I saw footage on telly about 8am and it looked and sounded like a right old scrap.

  • Pharmachick

    Thank you Cam …

    my Poppa was an ANZAC.

    I am grateful to you, as well as the RSA and a few others that keep the tradition of honouring our fallen dead. Notably I’m not impressed with the MSM who use this type of tragedy as a crass headline (such as in the Herald or on Stuff lately), then move on.

    If anyone thinks our “younger” generation doesn’t honour our war dead I reckon someone should pull out the TV footage of ANZAC day dawn ceremonies from 1985 and compare them to 1995 and 2005 … our generation (X) venerates our men that died in way, and as far as I can tell Generation Y as well as the so-called “millenials” deeply respect it too.

    Furthermore, it is inspiring that, for the first time in maybe 3 generations, our young boys sometimes say they want to grow up to be “Willie Apiata” (as opposed to the previous stock answer.. “All Black”).

    This post is very appropriate and one of the ways that we honour our war dead.