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Q&A with Lieutenant Thomas Calderwood

Name, age, rank, role, current unit?

Thomas Calderwood, 27, LT, Platoon Commander, 12/40 Royal Tasmania Regiment

Date you joined the Army (Regular or Reserve) and number of years at your current unit?

I was appointed in September 2009 and have spent two years at my current unit.

What is your role in the 2nd Division Centenary Parade?

I am representing The 12/40th Battalion, The Royal Tasmania Regiment as part of the Colour Party. I am proud to be part of a unit which has the most battle honours of any unit (12th and 40th Battalions combined).

What does the centenary of 2nd Division mean to you?

The Centenary of 2nd Division is an important occasion to mark the Division’s formation and entry into World War I.

What does it mean to you, being a serving member of 9 Brigade in the 2nd Division of the Australian Army today?

I am proud to be part of the smallest brigade in 2nd Division, that punches well above its weight in terms of equipping and supplying soldiers for service.

Do you have a personal connection to the centenary commemorations?

I have a number of relatives who served with the 33rd Battalion in World War I. I am proud of their courage and service and am motivated by their past feats.

What does it mean to you to represent your local community and family as part of this national commemoration?

I wish to ensure that past members of 12/40 are honoured, alongside current members.

What will be going through your mind when you parade outside the Australian War Memorial alongside Colour Parties from units across Australia?

I’ll be thinking that the 2nd Division continues to be a relevant and capable force as part of the Australian Army.