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: A. Clive Mitchell-Taylor [mailto:clive@taylor.id.au <mailto:clive@taylor.id.au>]
Sent: Tuesday, 25 July 2017 7:44 PM
To: Michael von Berg; Ted Chitham
Subject: Pauper's Funeral - Lessons Learned

Mike and Ted,

In Queensland the 8 RAR Association actually went through the whole “pauper’s funeral” scenario in June and were able to provide a respectful, dignified funeral.  As a result of this I put together an information page for anyone else facing the same situation, larding it with advice about the things folk should do in order to square away their own situation.  I figured that shoving the alternative in the faces of the audience might make them a little more receptive.

4 RAR’s Alan Price lived locally and was the first approached to sort the situation out.  Both he and the neighbours went above and beyond.  The neighbours, a couple in their mid-twenties with a small child, actually took out a loan of a bit over $1500 to cover the funeral service shortfall, which the 8 RAR Association reimbursed immediately we discovered that they’d done it.

The veteran’s details have been redacted from this version, and I’m happy for the RAR Association to use this in any way which will assist veterans and their families and hopefully forestall a repeat of such an unwelcome situation.

Best regards,
Clive
Ted Chitham (Secretary RAR Corporation and Secretary RAR Assoc Qld) responded:

Thanks Clive
Well done to you and Alan.
We will ask you to report on this at the National Council meeting. In the meantime I'll circulate it to the Council members for their information
Duty First
Ted

Michael Von Berg (President RAR Corporation) responded:

I concur with Teds remarks and we will put it on our State website.
Cheers
Mike

Alan Price (President 4 RAR Assoc Qld responded:
Thanks to all who replied to news of this event but it was only what our team of dedicated 4 RAR committee members, the team of the 8 RAR Assoc and the unit 8/9 RAR did to acknowledge and dedicate to our motto of DUTY FIRST. 
Alan and Maureen
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