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28-February-2016
28-February-2016
Photographs supplied by Chris McLaughlin

A plaque was unveiled to commemorate local soldier Jacob Kovco.  Private Kovco, from Briagolong, was the first Australian soldier killed in the Iraq War. 

Jacob Kovco died while deployed in Iraq, fatally wounded by a single shot to the head from his own Browning 9mm sidearm.  A military inquiry found that Kovco accidentally shot himself while mishandling his pistol, a conclusion which was disputed by his family. On 2 April 2008, a further Coronial inquest returned a similar verdict, finding that Kovco's death was "irresponsibly self-inflicted."

 

Location

Address:Avon Street, ANZAC Park, Briagolong, 3860
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.843631
Long: 147.070161
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Military

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 9th October, 2010
Front Inscription
Jacob  Bruce Kovco
Source: MA
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