Cpl Todd Chidgey's name added to the Roll of Honour
LCpl Chidgey died in a non-combat related incident in Afghanistan on July 1. He was serving as part of the Protective Security Detachment providing protection for a senior Australian officer at HQ ISAF. His mother, Kerry Baker, said he was a wonderful son and a wonderful soldier.
“I am extremely proud of Todd,” she said. “He grew into a wonderful man, so strong, and he put his heart and soul into everything he did.”
His mother and brother, Adam Chidgey, attended the service, along with CDF ACM Mark Binskin, CA Lt-Gen David Morrison, Australian War Memorial director Brendan Nelson and a small number of guests.
Australia’s Federation Guard provided a catafalque party at the Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier as wreaths were laid in LCpl Chidgey’s memory.
Following the wreath-laying his name was unveiled on the Afghanistan Roll of Honour where poppies were placed next to his name by his mother and brother.
Ms Baker said Todd was passionate about everything he did and loved spending time with his brother Adam.
“Adam thought of Todd as not only a brother, but a mentor,” she said. “We will all miss him.”
LCpl Chidgey is the 41st Australian soldier to have died in Afghanistan.