ONE of the most moving displays at the Anzac Day Dawn Service in Toowoomba was a quiet moment between four friends who laid wreaths at the Mothers' Memorial in commemoration of three mates lost in Afghanistan.

Damien Price, Brad Donald, Zeek Wilkinson and Toby Smith served together in Afghanistan where they lost three mates in the war zone.

"I served with all three of them and Jamie Larcombe was in my troop," Mr Price explained.

"Jonesy (Andrew Jones) was a cook who was shot in the compound and Richard Atkinson was in the infantry.

"They were all killed in Afghanistan."

According to the Australian Defence Force website, Sapper Jamie Larcombe, 21, was killed during an engagement with insurgents on February 19, 2011; Corporal Richard Atkinson, 22, died as a result of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) strike on February 2, 2011. He was engaged to be married; and Lance Corporal Andrew Jones, 25, died of wounds arising from a small-arms fire incident on May 30, 2011.

Each of the three wreaths laid at the Mothers' Memorial contained a photograph of the deceased soldier in uniform.

With tears flowing unashamedly from the four young men, they hugged each other in solidarity after laying the wreaths on behalf of MTF2 (Mentoring Task Force) in respect for their fallen friends.

Corporal Toby Smith is the only member of the group who is still serving with the military.


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