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The Australian War Memorial has rejected a bid to include the names of soldiers who died on peacekeeping operations on its Roll of Honour.

Perth woman Avril Clark, whose son Jamie died while on patrol in the Solomon Islands in 2005, presented a petition to War Memorial Council chairman Ken Doolan last week urging a reversal of the policy.

Pte Clark's name, along with 47 other Australians killed on peacekeeping or humanitarian missions, has been excluded from the roll because they did not die in "war-like circumstances".

The council unanimously decided on Monday to keep the existing criteria but promised a further review to coincide with its next meeting.

"Council members are most mindful of the sensitivities surrounding the inclusion of names on the Roll of Honour and of the need to consult a wide range of stakeholders on these matters," the council said.

Mrs Clark said while she was disappointed there would be no immediate change, she hoped the council would continue to examine the matter.

The West Australian

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