A comrade's farewell ... pallbearers carry Captain Bryce Duffy's coffin into the Anglican Church Grammar School in Brisbane for his funeral yesterday. Photo: Harrison Saragossi
A BROTHER, a school friend, a partner, a soldier and a man were some of the ways in which Captain Bryce Duffy, 26, was remembered at his funeral at the Anglican Church Grammar School in Brisbane yesterday.
Hundreds of mourners gathered on Remembrance Day to farewell Captain Duffy, who was killed in Afghanistan on October 29 when a rogue Afghan soldier opened fire.
The eulogy by his fiancee, Candice, was read out by Captain Johann Pitzer. She recalled meeting Bryce in year four at school, and becoming close to him in year five when he declared her the ''coolest dude ever''. After losing contact, they rekindled their relationship when Bryce was in his third year at the Australian Defence Force Academy.
She recalled Bryce holding her hand while they snorkelled in the ocean to ''keep me safe''.
''I have lost the love of my life,'' she said. ''I will cling to the precious memories of our time together to help me through.''
Captain Duffy was buried with full military honours at Mount Gravatt war cemetery.
Captain Duffy was one of three soldiers based in Queensland who were killed by an Afghan soldier in a parade ground shooting.