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gf0012-aust    6/15/2010 1:14:06 AM
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gf0012-aust       6/15/2010 1:15:04 AM

Remains of slain sapper's dog returned to widow

Sapper Darren Smith with his explosive detection dog Herbie at Multinational Base at Tarin Kowt" width="285" />

Herbie's remains are being cremated in Afghanistan and will be returned home to Sapper Darren Smith's widow Angela. (Department of Defence)

Members of the 2nd Combat Engineer Regiment will remember Sappers Jacob Moerland, 21, and Darren Smith, 25, during a service at Brisbane's Gallipoli Barracks from 2:00pm.

Sapper Smith's bomb detector dog Herbie was also killed by the blast. The dog is being cremated in Afghanistan and will be returned home to widow Angela Smith.

The soldiers' deaths took the Australian casualty toll in Afghanistan to 13 since 2002.

The families of the two men will also attend the service, ahead of funerals later this week.

A funeral service for Sapper Moerland will be held at 11.00am (AEST) on Thursday at the community hall in his home town of Gayndah, west of Maryborough.

Sapper Smith will be farewelled at Marist College, Ashgrove in Brisbane at 11.00am (AEST) on Saturday.

The men died when an improvised explosive device detonated during an operation on June 7.

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