Bree Bailie - current serving member | Australian Army

Running time
1 min 45 sec
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Australia

Bree is a current serving member, the night before she was due to enlist in the Australian Army Bree's world was shaken when she received some terrible news

Transcript

LIZ HAYES: I'm Liz Hayes. For International Women's Day 2019, we recognise the role of women in wartime. Women like Bree Bailie. The night before she was due to enlist in the Australian Army, Bree's world was rocked by some terrible news.

BREE BAILIE: I was with my sister. Nervous. Unable to really settle down and I received a phone call sometime late in the afternoon from my cousin. She'd been notified that somebody had been killed in action. Both my cousin and myself had partners who were deployed at the time, and we couldn't get any clarification as to who had been killed.

It was much later in the evening that we finally had some confirmation that it wasn't either of our partners, but it happened to be one of their friends. And I immediately thought of his partner. What she would be going through. The emotions that she would be feeling.

For me, this story is one that I hold very dear. That friend and his family and loved ones that he left behind so that he could serve his country.

To consider the pain and the emotion that I felt in this one incidence, it seems minute compared to the pain and sorrow that would have been felt across the nation with the 60,000 lives that were lost in the First World War and the many more thousand lost in the subsequent wars since then.

LIZ HAYES: This International Women's Day we pay homage to our women in wartime and recognise their role during war and peacekeeping efforts.

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