On Thursday 18 November at West Terrace Cemetery, Adelaide, the previously unmarked grave of Ngarrindjeri and Kaurna Vietnam veteran Private Lawrence Murray Lampard was dedicated by Aboriginal Veterans SA and the Lampard family. Lawrie was the younger brother of Aboriginal Veterans SA Co-Chair, Uncle Frank Lampard OAM.
Lawrie served as a stretcher bearer attached to 10 Platoon, Delta Company, 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (6 RAR), on the battalion's second tour in South Vietnam between May 1969 and May 1970, and after leaving the army he died in tragic circumstances in December 1972, aged 24.
The grave dedication project was supported by Veterans SA, Adelaide Cemeteries and Reconciliation SA, and follows on from several similar projects, including one for the grave of World War I veteran Herbert Milera in March this year. Half-a-dozen former members of 6 RAR were in attendance, along with representatives of many ex-service organisations and current serving members of the 7th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, who are based at Edinburgh.
Lest we forget.
Aboriginal Veterans SA has identified over a dozen more unmarked graves of Aboriginal veterans around the state that they are planning to mark in the next couple of years. If you know of such a grave or would like to support Aboriginal Veterans SA's work in any way, please get in touch with Uncle Frank on 0427 732 622 or his co-chair Ian Smith on 0413 909 080.
Private Lawrence Murray Lampard
AVSA Co-Chairs Ian Smith & Frank Lampard OAM
Private Lawrence Murray Lampard Plaque
The Lampard Family