RSL units bear sapper’s name
Tributes paid to town’s “Snowy” as first residents move in
SAPPER Jacob “Snowy” Moerland, who died in Afghanistan in 2010, was honoured as six new RSL independent living villas in Gayndah were opened last week.
Jacob Moerland Close, the entry to Gayndah’s RSL complex, was dedicated in memory of the 21-year-old Gayndah soldier.
Second Combat Engineers Regiment commander Lt-Col Matthew Richardson said while he had not served with “Snowy”, he had gained an understanding of the mateship 2CER had with the Moerland family.
“I look at his photo every day; he had piercing blue eyes and was a big man – larger than life – and 21-years-old, and he died serving his country,” Lt-Col Richardson said.
“He was a larrikin and a hard worker, which is everything I expect of a combat engineer, and what the modern Australian soldier is.”
His service as a sapper (combat engineer) made him the man he was, he said.
Jacob’s mother Sandra Moerland proudly unveiled the sign with Gayndah RSL Sub-branch secretary and treasurer Craig Fothergill, whose efforts had ensured the construction of six new units in the new complex.
New residents Noel and Edna Hunter said they and Jacob Moerland had been honoured by the RSL.
“It’s an honour to him (Jacob), his town, his family and the people who knew him,” Mr Hunter said.
Laura Moerland, who cut the ribbon across the entry to the complex, appreciated the RSL’s commitment to providing low-cost housing to ex-servicemen and women, and their support of her brother Jacob.
“It’s nice to honour Jacob and to know his name will be there even after we’re gone,” Ms Moerland said.
JACOB MOERLAND CLOSE: The entry to Gayndah's RSL complexwas named after Sapper Jacob "Snowy" Moerland who died in Afghanistan in 2010. Sister Laura Moerland cut the ribbon, accompanied by Gayndah RSL Sub-branch secretary Craig Fothergill (right), Sandra Moerland (left), Lt Col Matthew Richardson, RSL Queensland CEO Chris McHugh and president Terry Meehan.
Sappers Henry, Tassell, Albanese and Vardy share a laugh in Gayndah. The soldiers from the Second Combat Engineers Regiment were in town to honour their fallen comrade, Sapper Jacob Moerland.
RSL Maryborough's George Mellick and president Robert Evans (centre), and Bob Stretton (Gympie, right).
Gayndah RSL president Boyd Baker (left) with Sappers Tassell and Daleris after the dedication of Jacob Moerland Close, the entry to Gayndah's RSL complex.
North Burnett Councillor Kevin “Lofty” Wendt (left) with Warrant Officer I Graeme Nagle and Theodore RSL Sub-branch president Ben O'Donnell.
Neil Burrows and John and Jackie Simmons at the opening of new RSL units in Gayndah.