Vale – Alan ‘Curly’ Kirwan

It is with great sadness I advise of the passing of Alan “Curly” Kirwan  this morning Monday 10th July at his home in Esperance Western Australia after a short battle with cancer.

Alan served 24 years in the Army from 1958 to 1982. 1 RAR (Malaya 1960), Airborne platoon (Williamstown 1963), SASR (3Sqn SVN 1966), AATTV (SVN 1971), 8/9RAR (Enoggera 1976), his final posting was Land Warfare Centre Canungra ( SI Admin Wing 1980).

Funeral details will be advised.

Rest in peace noble warrior your duty has been done

Homeward Bound – by George Mansford

                         For our mates

I saw the shooting star burning so bright

Falling, falling, fading and soon from sight

So distant and yet so near

In its wake, a soldier’s journey so very clear

Duty, sharing, caring, courage and sometimes fear

No longer a mortal in life’s short race

A contented spirit bound for home somewhere in distant space

This fiery trail I saw tonight marks a warrior’s farewell

Leaving behind another legacy of proud deeds to tell

George Mansford©April 2012

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