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Band members visit Belgium grave

James McFadyanOn Saturday July 3rd 2010 at Veurne Belgium, band members Brendan and Bronwyn Kenny together with their daughter Megan and son Gerard, visited the grave site of former band member James McFadyen, together with local Veurne historian and Police Superintendent Jose Clauw, as well as the Veurne Mayor.

This visit followed the discovery by Jose on the band’s website of the band’s commemoration of this fallen serviceman at recent ANZAC day celebrations.

The Australian Flag welcomed the commemorating party to the cemetery which is located adjacent to the Veurne Fire Service building. In a corner of the cemetery where other WW2 veterans also lay was the headstone of Pilot Officer J.J.A. McFadyen, Royal Australian Air Force, 8th December 1944. With an inscription, "His duty nobly done". An Australian Air Force ensign was proudly draped above his headstone.

On behalf of the Hahndorf Town Band, the Kenny's presented Jose Clauw with a brass plaque which will commemorate his service for his country and his association with the Hahndorf Town Band, as a percussion player, prior to his deployment with the RAAF and tragic death.