Service honours Gayndah soldier

THE family of Gayndah soldier Jacob Moerland has remembered his life at a service at the Enoggera Barracks in Brisbane.

Sapper Moerland was just 21 when he died in a roadside bomb blast on June 7, 2010, while he was serving with the 2nd Combat Engineering Regiment in Afghanistan.

Sandra Moerland said the service on Tuesday not only remembered her son, but also Sapper Darren Smith and army dog Herbie, who were killed in the same blast.

“It was a nice chance to thank the army for all the support they have given me and my family,” she said.

“It was also an opportunity to see and meet a number of his friends again.”

Mrs Moerland described the time as stressful.

The rural community of Gayndah rallied around the Moerland family when news of the soldier's death broke last year.

A skate park has been built in the town which is to be named in Sapper Moerland's honour.



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