William H.A. Willbond MSM, CD


Corporal Jamie Murphy
Corporal Jamie Murphy
KIA Afghanistan - January 27, 2004
Cpl Jamie Murphy came home today
back to Conception Harbour and the Bay
soldiers marched by in blood red serge
whilst carrying Jamie over to the Hearse

On top of the coffin sat his green beret
with his medals on a pillow behind.
A piper’s lament sounded far away;
slow marched to a drum beating time

At St Anne’s Catholic Church, many would pray
because young Jamie Murphy came home today.
The piper’s lament and the beat of the drum
Herald our soldiers as homeward they come!

Soldier’s Home Town Gathers for Sombre Funeral Ceremony

by Barb Sweet CanWest News Service

Corporal Jamie Murphy’s Funeral ServiceCONCEPTION HARBOUR, Nfld. – Almost a thousand people into a Church here for the funeral Tuesday of Cpl. Jamie Brendan Murphy, the latest Canadian soldier to die in Afghanistan and a man who his friends say loved serving his country.

Murphy, 26, was killed Jan 27 when a suicide bomber jumped on a Canadian Forces jeep and detonated mortar bombs strapped to his chest. Three other soldiers were wounded.

Hundreds packed the funeral service at St Anne’s church, which overlooks Conception Harbour, and hundreds more watched it on TV in the community hall. The family asked that the service be closed to the media.

Murphy’s Canadian flag-draped coffin was carried into the St. Anne’s Roman Catholic Church by pallbearers from the Royal Canadian Regiment. Another carried a black pillow bearing Murphy’s medals while his green beret and a wreath of flowers sat atop the coffin.

Behind the pallbearers were three soldiers who had served in Afghanistan and brought Murphy’s body back to Ontario, and then Newfoundland — Capt. Carl Bennett, Sgt. Bruce Rhodenizer and Cpl. Donald LeBlanc.

The service ended with a lone bagpiper, as the coffin was carried outside by a guard of honour made up of Murphy’s stoic young colleagues.

Author’s Note: God bless the peacekeepers

Tony. Look how young these pall bearer soldiers are! You and I were 17 year old kids when we put on the rag and took the Queen’s Shilling – was that a million years ago? And still they send youngsters into harm’s way in the hope that our young men can keep the peace in the global village on our battered and bleeding wee planet.

At every one of our CAVUNP Memorial Chapter meetings we say part of Lawrence Binyon’s poem (prayer) “they shall not grow old as we who are left grow old age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn, at the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them” “We shall remember them”.

Cpl Jamie Murphy’s name has been added to the list of fallen peacekeepers –we have now reached 118 young Canadian Service Men who have given their lives in the service of peace. Keeping the peace it has a high cost, indeed.

Many Blessings on you my good friend