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Service of Reinterment for Private Alan J Mather

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Service of Reinterment


Private Alan J Mather

of the First World War
whose remains were found near
St Yvon
11.00 22 July 2010 at Prowse Point Cemetery


So far from home, never forgotten
May you rest in peace, bearing an honoured name

By Lieutenant Colonel Michael Toohey
The Hon Alan Griffin MP, Minister for Veterans Affairs and Defence Personnel

Read by Pte. Mather’s family

Greeting and Prayers
Led by Chaplain Russell Mutzelburg, Principal Chaplain Australian Army

Grace and peace from the Lord be with you.
Response: And Also with you.

We have come together today to thank God for the service Private Alan Mather rendered to Australia, Belgium, other allied nations and the cause of freedom;
to mourn and honour him; and to support each other in grief.

We face the certainty of our own death and judgement,
yet Christians believe that those who die in Christ share eternal life with him.

Therefore in faith and hope we turn to God, who created and sustains us all.

Let us pray.


[After the hymn the Bearer Party with coffin is led into the cemetery by the chaplain who reads the following Scripture passages while leading].
Psalm and Prayers
Led by Chaplain Catie Inches-Ogden, Senior Chaplain Australian Army Headquarters

Jesus said ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die’ John 11: 25
Psalm 23 – A Psalm of David
The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;.
He guides me in straight paths
for His name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the dark shadow,
I will fear no evil,
for You are with me.
Your rod and staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
You have anointed my head with oil;
my cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

The Rock. His work is perfect, for all His ways are just: a God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and right is He.
Blessed be the true Judge. The soul of every living thing is in Your hand. Your eyes are upon all the ways of the children of men, giving everyone according to their ways and according to the fruits of their doings.
The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord
Lowering of the Coffin
You are asked to stand.
Chaplain Inches-Ogden says:

who died and is alive and reigns with you now and for ever, Amen.

As the coffin is lowered the chaplain says:

and in the glorious company of the saints in light, Amen.

(Volleys will be fired after the “Amen” is said)
The Ode
Read by Major General Brian Dawson
They shall not grow old,
as we that are left grown 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 will remember them.
Lest we forget. Lest we forget.

The Last Post

[you may be seated]

Wreath Laying
Wreaths will be laid by:
Mr John Mather, Nephew of Private Alan Mather;
The HON Alan Griffin MP, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs;
Lieutenant General Ken Gillespie, Chief of Army;
The Representative of the Belgian Government;
Mr Gilles Deleu, Mayor of Comines-Warneton;
MC will invite additional floral tributes from those present.

The National Anthem of Australia
The National Anthem of Belgium
Led by Principal Chaplain Mutzelburg

Go forth into the world in peace; be of good courage; hold fast to that which is good; render to no one evil for evil, rather, strengthen the faint hearted, support the weak, help the afflicted, honour all people; love and serve the Lord, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit. And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be with you all, evermore. Amen


Prowse Point

Further details for those wishing to attend


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