THE Quintilian School’s recent visit to the Canberra War Memorial was particularly moving for Year 6 student Aliyah Saleem, whose uncle served with the Australian Regular Army from 1985 to 2008.
Aliyah had a photo next to one of the plaques and her uncle knew every soldier’s name but two held great importance to him.
Sergeant Blaine Diddams was in his patrol in the mid 1990s and Sgt Mathew Locke was another close colleague who Aliyah’s uncle served with from the Sydney Olympics’ Counter Terrorist team in 2000 until his death in 2007.
The Mt Claremont students researched WWI and West Australian diggers who served and were lost overseas leading up to the trip, and placed a poppy on the commemorative wall next to the name of each soldier researched.
They also visited Parliament House, the High Court, the National Gallery and the Australian War Memorial.