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Almost 70 years later, Digger gets his burial
BEFORE he volunteered to fight in the New Guinea campaign in 1942, Private Frank Richard Archibald needed ''dog tags'' to walk into an Armidale shop.
They weren't soldier's tags, although he had served in Egypt, Tobruk, Greece and Crete, but the label given to the Aborigines Welfare Board certification that said he was allowed to move freely in town.
''So this man give his life to his country, and this country didn't want to know this man as a man,'' said his relative Mavis Davis, 60. ''It treated this man like a dog.''
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Almost 70 years after the 25-year-old soldier was killed by a sniper's bullet on the Kokoda Track near Sanananda, his family and supporters go to Papua New Guinea to honour him and finally put his spirit to rest.
A group of 12 - including his only surviving sibling, Grace Gordon, 75 - will leave Sydney for Port Moresby this morning to conduct a traditional Aboriginal burial ceremony at his grave in the Bomana War Cemetery, where the family had decided to have him buried when he died.
The Anzac Day event, six years in the making, marks a new chapter in Australia's history.
''This is the first time that it's ever been done for the Aboriginal boys that went overseas and fought for Australia and up in New Guinea,'' said Ms Gordon from Armidale. ''I'm very proud of them, and I'm very proud now to think that this is going to be a big thing.''
The ceremony will be conducted in the Gumbaynggirr language from northern NSW and use traditional song and dance to invite Private Archibald's spirit home.
The group will then visit the graves of five other indigenous diggers buried in Papua New Guinea, with instructions from their families detailing how they would like them honoured.
Private Archibald's cousin and only surviving male relative, Richard Archibald, 65, said he felt responsible for ensuring his only family member not buried in Australia found a way back. A community-based Kokoda Aboriginal Servicemen's Campaign helped raise funds.
"Now it is time to end the grieving by bringing his spirit home to Gumbaynggirr country - the country of our people," Mr Archibald said.
A specially commissioned didgeridoo bearing Gumbaynggirr totems, as well as the uniformed images of Private Archibald and other family members who served, will mark the start of the official Anzac Day service at Bomana.
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