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Lest We Forget

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.”

Corporal Cameron Stewart Baird VC, MG

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Corporal Baird was a member of the Special Operations Task Group and was from the 2nd Commando Regiment based at Holsworthy Barracks in Sydney, New South Wales.

Corporal Baird is survived by his parents, brother and his partner.

Corporal Baird was an outstanding Special Forces soldier. He exemplified what it meant to be a Commando, living by the attributes of uncompromising spirit and honour, which in turn earned him the unconditional respect of his fellow Commandos. His leadership in action was exemplary, constantly inspiring those around him to achieve greater things. Corporal Baird was an extremely dedicated and disciplined soldier, always striving for excellence in everything he did.

Corporal Baird died how he lived – at the front, giving it his all, without any indecision. He will forever be remembered by his mates and the soldiers he served with in the 2nd Commando Regiment.

Corporal Baird has been awarded the following honours and awards:

  • Victoria Cross (Posthumous),
  • Medal for Gallantry,
  • Australian Active Service Medal with Clasp East Timor, Clasp Iraq 2003, Clasp International Coalition Against Terrorism,
  • Afghanistan Campaign Medal,
  • Iraq Campaign Medal,
  • Australian Service Medal with Clasp – Counter Terrorism / Special Recovery,
  • Australian Defence Medal,
  • United Nations Medal with Ribbon United Nations Transitional Authority in East Timor,
  • NATO non article 5 Medal with Clasp ISAF and Multiple Tour Indicator (3),
  • Infantry Combat Badge, and
  • Returned from Active Service Badge.

During Corporal Baird’s service in the Australian Army he deployed on the following operations:

  • Operation TANAGER (Timor-Leste) – April 2001 – October 2001,
  • Operation SLIPPER (Afghanistan) – February 2003 – March 2003,
  • Operation BASTILLE (Iraq) – March 2003 – May 2003,
  • Operation SLIPPER (Afghanistan) – August 2007 – January 2008,
  • Operation SLIPPER (Afghanistan) – March 2009 – July 2009,
  • Operation SLIPPER (Afghanistan) – July 2011 – February 2012,
  • Operation SLIPPER (Afghanistan) – February 2013 – June 2013.

Private Nathanael John Aubrey Galagher

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Private Galagher was serving with the Special Operations Task Group in Afghanistan when he was tragically killed in a helicopter crash on 30 August 2012 (local time Afghanistan).

Private Galagher is survived by his partner Jessie, parents Wayne and Sally and sister Elanor.

Twenty-three year old Private Galagher was born in Wee Waa, New South Wales in 1989. He joined the Army on 22 October 2007 and was posted to the 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (1 RAR). On completion of his Selection and Training Course and Reinforcement Cycle, Private Galagher was posted to the 2nd Commando Regiment in November 2011. Private Galagher was on his second tour to Afghanistan

Private Galagher always put in 110% in every thing he did. He had a ‘can-do’ attitude, always wanting to get the job done and taking everything in his stride. He was an enthusiastic, young soldier who was very well respected by his mates from the Regiment.

Private Galagher has been awarded the following honours and awards:

  • Australian Active Service Medal with Clasp ICAT
  • Afghanistan Campaign Medal
  • Australian Defence Medal
  • NATO non article 5 Medal with Clasp ISAF and the Multiple Tour Indicator (2)
  • Infantry Combat Badge
  • Returned from Active Service Badge

During Private Galagher’s service in the Australian Army he deployed on the following Operations;

  • Operation Slipper (Afghanistan) Jul – Aug 2012
  • Operation Slipper (Afghanistan) Sep 2009 – Feb 2010

Lance Corporal Mervyn John McDonald

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Lance Corporal McDonald was serving with the Special Operations Task Group in Afghanistan when he was tragically killed in a helicopter crash on 30 August 2012 (local time Afghanistan).

Lance Corporal McDonald is survived by his fiancée Rachael, his mother Myrna and stepfather Bernie, and brothers Percy, Roger and Gary.

Thirty-year old Lance Corporal McDonald was born in Carnarvon, Western Australia in 1982. He joined the Army on 31 May 1999 and was posted to the 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (1 RAR). On completion of his Selection and Training Course and Reinforcement Cycle, Lance Corporal McDonald was posted to the then 4th Battalion (Commando), The Royal Australian Regiment, now the 2nd Commando Regiment, in August 2008. Lance Corporal McDonald was on his sixth tour to Afghanistan.

Lance Corporal McDonald was quick witted and brought a positive energy to both his unit comrades and all those who served with him. A dedicated and enthusiastic professional soldier, he was always willing to come forward with ideas and solutions. He was a highly professional soldier, but his quiet nature and humility meant he always deflected credit back on to fellow members of his Company.

Lance Corporal McDonald has been awarded the following honours and awards:

  • Australian Active Service Medal with Clasp East Timor and ICAT
  • Afghanistan Campaign Medal
  • the Australian Service Medal with Clasp East Timor, Timor Leste and CT/SR
  • Australian Defence Medal
  • United Nations Mission in Support of East Timor Medal
  • Timor Leste Solidarity Medal
  • NATO non article 5 Medal with Clasp ISAF and Multiple Tour Indicator (2)
  • Commander 1st Division Commendation
  • Infantry Combat Badge
  • Returned from Active Service Badge

During Lance Corporal McDonald’s service in the Australian Army, he deployed on the following Operations;

  • Operation Slipper (Afghanistan) Jul - Aug 2012
  • Operation Norwich (Australia) Nov 2011
  • Operation Slipper (Afghanistan) Jul - Aug 2011
  • Operation Slipper (Afghanistan) Apr - May 2011
  • Operation Slipper (Afghanistan) Feb - Mar 2011
  • Operation Slipper (Afghanistan) Mar - Jun 2010
  • Operation Slipper (Afghanistan) Mar - Jul 2009
  • Operation Astute (Timor-Leste) Mar - Jun 2007
  • Operation Astute (Timor-Leste) May - Sep 2006
  • Operation Citadel (East Timor) May - Oct 2003
  • Operation Tanager (East Timor) Oct 2000 - Apr 2001

Sergeant Todd Matthew Langley

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SGT Langley was serving with the Special Operations Task Group when he was killed during deliberate operations against a Taliban Safe Haven on 4 July 2011 in Afghanistan.

The 35 year old SGT Langley was from the Sydney-based 2nd Commando Regiment.

SGT Langley leaves behind his beloved wife, three daughters, a son, loving parents, and a brother.

SGT Langley enlisted in the Australian Army on the 18th of April 1993 and after initial training and a short period in the Army Reserve was allocated to the 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment in 1994. He later successfully completed Commando selection and training and was posted to the 2nd Commando Regiment (then the 4th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (Commando)) in 2004. SGT Langley has seen Operational service in East Timor and Afghanistan. Sergeant Todd Langley was a dedicated, knowledgeable and passionate warrior who did not seek the limelight, preferring instead to let his actions speak for themselves. His professionalism and leadership was infectious.

SGT Langley was twice awarded the Commendation for Distinguished Service, the Australian Active Service Medal with clasps East Timor and International Coalition Against Terrorism, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Australian Service Medal with clasp Counter-Terrorism / Special Recovery, the Defence Long Service Medal, the Australian Defence Medal, the United Nations Transitional Administration East Timor Medal with 2 device, the NATO medal with International Security Assistance Force clasp and 2 device, the Unit Citation for Gallantry, the Infantry Combat badge, the Returned from Active Service Badge, and posthumously the United States Meritorious Service Medal.

During SGT Langley's service in the Australian Army, he deployed on the following Operations:

  • OPERATION TANAGER (East Timor) – 2001
  • OPERATION CITIDEL (East Timor) – 2003
  • OPERATION SLIPPER (Afghanistan) - 2006
  • OPERATION SLIPPER (Afghanistan) - 2007
  • OPERATION SLIPPER (Afghanistan) – 2009
  • OPERATION SLIPPER (Afghanistan) – 2011
  • Protective Security Detachment deployment to the Middle East Area of Operations - 2008
  • Multiple domestic Counter-Terrorism operations for the provision of security to international events

Sergeant Brett Matthew Wood, MG DSM

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SGT Wood, MG DSM was serving with the Special Operations Task Group when he was tragically killed by an explosive device in the conduct of operations within a Taliban safe haven in Afghanistan, on 23 May 2011.

The 32 year old SGT Wood was from the Sydney-based 2nd Commando Regiment.

SGT Wood leaves behind his beloved wife, and loving parents, sisters and brothers.

SGT Wood enlisted in the Australian Regular Army on the 13th of February 1996 and post initial training was allocated to the 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment. He later successfully completed Commando training and was posted to the 2nd Commando Regiment (then the 4th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (Commando)) in 1998. SGT Wood has seen Operational service in Bougainville, East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan. He was an absolute professional and emulated by many. His service was of the highest order and excelled in everything he did. SGT Wood’s loss will be sorely felt by the unit, mates and all who knew him.

SGT Wood was awarded the Medal for Gallantry, Distinguished Service Medal (Post), the Australian Active Service Medal with clasps East Timor, Iraq and International Coalition Against Terrorism, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Australian Service Medal with clasps Bougainville and Counter-Terrorism / Special Recovery, the Australian Defence Medal, the United Nations Transitional Administration East Timor Medal, the NATO medal with International Security Assistance Force clasp, the Unit Citation for Gallantry, the Infantry Combat badge, the Returned from Active Service Badge, the Defence Long Service Medal, and posthumously the United States Meritorious Service Medal.

During SGT Wood's service in the Australian Army, he deployed on the following Operations:

  • OPERATION BEL ISI (Bougainville) - 2000
  • OPERATION TANAGER (East Timor) - 2001
  • OPERATION BASTILLE/ FALCONER (Iraq) - 2003
  • OPERATION SLIPPER (Afghanistan) - 2006
  • OPERATION SLIPPER (Afghanistan) - 2009
  • OPERATION SLIPPER (Afghanistan) - 2011
  • Protective Security Detachment deployments to the Middle East Area of Operations - 2008
    Multiple domestic Counter-Terrorism operations for the provision of security to international events

Private Scott Travis Palmer

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PTE Palmer was serving with the Special Operations Task Group when he tragically lost his life in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, on 21 June 2010.

27 year old PTE Palmer was from the Sydney-based 2nd Commando Regiment.

PTE Palmer leaves behind his loving parents and brother.

PTE Palmer enlisted in the Australian Army in 2001. Following his basic training he joined 5th/ 7th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (Mechanised) and saw service in East Timor and Iraq. PTE Palmer successfully undertook Commando Selection and Training in 2006 joining the then 4th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (Commando) in Nov 2006. PTE Palmer has seen Operational service in East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan. His professionalism was of the highest order and he excelled at everything he did. PTE Palmer loved his job and working alongside his mates.

PTE Palmer was awarded the Australian Active Service Medal with clasps East Timor, Iraq and International Coalition Against Terrorism, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Australian Service Medal with clasp Timor Leste, the Australian Defence Medal, the UNMISET Medal, the Timor Leste Solidarity Medal, the NATO medal with International Security Assistance Force clasp, the Infantry Combat badge and the Returned from Active Service Badge.

During PTE Palmer's service in the Australian Army, he deployed on the following Operations:

  • OPERATION CITADEL (East Timor) - 2003
  • OPERATION CATALYST (Iraq) - 2005
  • OPERATION ASTUTE (Timor Leste) - 2007
  • OPERATION SLIPPER (Afghanistan) - 2008
  • OPERATION SLIPPER (Afghanistan) - 2009
  • OPERATION SLIPPER (Afghanistan) - 2010

Private Benjamin Adam Chuck

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PTE Chuck was serving with the Special Operations Task Group when he tragically lost his life in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, on 21 June 2010.

27 year old PTE Chuck was from the Sydney-based 2nd Commando Regiment.

PTE Chuck leaves behind his loving parents, brother, sister, and his beloved partner.

PTE Chuck was born in Atherton, QLD in 1983. He joined the Army on 11 May 2004 as part of the Special Forces Direct Recruiting Scheme. On completion of his Commando Selection and Training Course and Reinforcement Cycle he was posted to the then 4th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (Commando). PTE Chuck was an outstanding Commando who was highly trained and excelled at all he attempted. PTE Chuck was the Patrol Medic within his sniper team. He was suited to this role as his affectionate and caring nature drove his passion for helping his mates.

PTE Chuck has been awarded the Australian Active Service Medal with Clasp International Campaign Against Terrorism, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Australian Defence Medal, the NATO Medal with International Security Assistance clasp, the Infantry Combat Badge and the return from Active Service Badge.

During PTE Chuck’s service in the Australian Army he deployed on the following Operations:

  • OPERATION SLIPPER (Afghanistan) - 2007,
  • OPERATION SLIPPER (Afghanistan) - 2008, and
  • OPERATION SLIPPER (Afghanistan) - 2010.

Private Timothy James Aplin

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PTE Aplin was serving with the Special Operations Task Group when he tragically lost his life in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, on 21 June 2010.

38 year old PTE Aplin was from the Sydney-based 2nd Commando Regiment.

PTE Aplin leaves behind his beloved wife, 2 children, 2 step-children and loving mother.

PTE Aplin enlisted in the Australian Army Reserves on 04 Feb 1992. PTE Aplin transferred to the Regular Army on 20 Sep 1995, reaching the rank of Sergeant. He successfully completed the Commando Selection and Training Course in 2008 and was posted to the then 4th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (Commando) in January 2009 after completing the Commando Reinforcement Cycle. To achieve this goal he willingly took the required reduction in rank from Sergeant to Private. PTE Aplin was an outstanding and dedicated Commando who was highly respected. This was his second tour to Afghanistan.

PTE Aplin has been awarded the Australian Active Service Medal with East Timor, Iraq and International Coalition Against Terrorism clasps, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Defence Long Service Medal, the Australian Defence Medal, United Nations Medal with Transitional Authority East Timor ribbon, NATO medal with International Security Assistance Force clasp, the Infantry Combat Badge and the Returned from Active Service Badge.

During PTE Aplin’s service in the Australian Army he deployed on the following Operations:

  • OPERATION TANAGER (East Timor) - 2000,
  • OPERATION FALCONER (Iraq) - 2003,
  • OPERATION SLIPPER (Afghanistan) - 2009, and
  • OPERATION SLIPPER (Afghanistan) - 2010.

Lance Corporal Mason Kerrin Edwards

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30 year old LCPL Edwards was serving with the Sydney-based 2nd Commando Regiment when he was killed in an operational training accident at Cultana Range, South Australia on 20 October 2009.

LCPL Edwards leaves behind his loving parents, two sisters, brother, and beloved partner.

LCPL Edwards enlisted into the Australian Army in January 2004 as one of the first members of the Special Forces Direct Recruiting Scheme. After recruit and initial employment training, he successfully completed the Commando Selection and Training Course.

He was posted to the then 4th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (Commando). Throughout his short but extremely busy career, LCPL Edwards proved himself to be a consummate professional. During his tours to Afghanistan he demonstrated considerable mental toughness and physical endurance whilst deployed on combat operations.

LCPL Edwards was awarded the Australian Active Service Medal with clasp International Coalition Against Terrorism, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Australian Service Medal with clasp Timor Leste, the Australian Defence Medal, Timor Leste Solidarity Medal, the NATO medal with International Security Assistance Force clasp, the Infantry Combat badge and the Returned from Active Service Badge.

During LCPL Edwards service in the Australian Army, he deployed on the following Operations:

  • OPERATION ASTUTE (Timor Leste) - 2006,
  • OPERATION SLIPPER (Afghanistan) - 2007, and
  • OPERATION SLIPPER (Afghanistan) - 2008.

Lieutenant Michael Kenneth Housdan Fussell

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LT Fussell was serving with the Special Operations Task Group when he was killed by an Improvised Explosive Device while conducting a dismounted patrol in Oruzgan Province, Afghanistan, on 27 November 2008.

25 year old LT Fussell was from the Sydney-based 4th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (Commando).

LT Fussell leaves behind two loving parents, his younger brother and two younger foster sisters. His brother is a Lieutenant with 1st Field Regiment, Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery in Brisbane.

LT Fussell enlisted in the Australian Army January 2002 and was appointed as an Officer Cadet at the Australian Defence Force Academy. He completed a Bachelor of Arts and was a keen sportsman, with a strong interest in rugby. He attended Royal Military College, Duntroon in 2005, commissioning in December 2005 into The Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery. On graduation he was posted to ‘A’ Field Battery, 4th Field Regiment, where he fulfilled a number of junior officer roles. During his time at ‘A’ Field Battery he qualified as a para-trooper. He also deployed to East Timor on Operation ASTUTE in 2006 and 2007. LT Fussell was posted to 4 RAR (CDO) in January 2008 as a Joint Offensive Support Team Commander. He was a Platoon Commander for the Advance Infantry Course at Singleton and completed the Joint Terminal Attack Controllers course.

LT Fussell’s military decorations include the Australian Active Service Medal with clasp International Campaign Against Terrorism, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Australian Service Medal clasp Timor Leste, the Australian Defence Medal, Timor Leste Solidarity Medal, NATO medal with clasp International Security Assistance Force, the Army Combat Badge and the Return from Active Service Badge.

During LT Fussell’s service in the Australian Army, he deployed on the following Operations:

  • OPERATION ASTUTE (Timor Leste) - 2006,
  • OPERATION ASTUTE (Timor Leste) - 2007,
  • OPERATION SLIPPER (Afghanistan) – 2008.

Lance Corporal Jason Paul Marks

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LCPL Marks was serving with the Special Operations Task Group when he was killed during deliberate operations against a Taliban Safe Haven on 27 April 2008 in Afghanistan.

27 year old LCPL Marks was from the Sydney-based 4th Royal Australian Regiment (Commando).

LCPL Marks leaves behind his beloved wife and 2 children, loving parents and brother.

On completion of his recruit training at Kapooka 1999, he was allocated to the Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery and was posted to the 4th Field Regiment in Townsville. During his service with Artillery, Jason deployed to East Timor with INTERFET in 1999, and gained the rank of Lance Bombardier in 2001. In April 2003 he transferred to the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps as an assistant medic until he volunteered for Commando selection in 2005. Jason first deployed to Afghanistan in 2006 with the Special Operations Task Group. He was deployed again to Timor Leste as part of Operation Astute with the Special Operations Task Group 2007 and again to Afghanistan in 2008. During the first three months of his deployment he was an active participant in a number of significant engagements with the Taliban and reinforced his reputation as a tough commando and a strong and effective junior leader.

For his service to his country LCPL Marks was awarded the Australian Active Service Medal with clasps for East Timor and the International Coalition Against Terrorism, INTERFET Campaign Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Australian Service Medal with Timor Leste clasp, the Australian Defence Medal, Timor Leste Solidarity Medal, NATO Medal with International Security Assistance Force clasp, the Unit Citation for Gallantry, Return from Active Service Badge, the Infantry Combat Badge.

During LCPL Marks service in the Australian Army, he deployed on the following Operations:

  • OPERATION WARDEN (East Timor) - 2000,
  • OPERATION SLIPPER (Afghanistan) - 2006,
  • OPERATION ASTUTE (Timor Leste) - 2007, and
  • OPERATION SLIPPER (Afghanistan) - 2008.

Private Luke James Worsley

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PTE Worsley was serving with Special Operations Task Group in Oruzgan Province in southern Afghanistan when he was killed in a deliberate operation against Taliban Leadership on 23 November 2007.

26 year old PTE Worsley was from the Sydney - based 4th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (Commando).

PTE Worsley leaves behind his loving parents, five siblings and beloved partner.

Private Worsley enlisted into the Australian Regular Army on 23 of October 2001. After completing his Recruit Training he was allocated to the Royal Australian Infantry Corps. At the completion of his Initial Employment Training, PTE Worsley was posted to the 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (1 RAR). During his service with 1 RAR, PTE Worsley deployed to East Timor as part of OPERATION CITADEL, providing security to the people of East Timor. After two years of service with 1 RAR, PTE Worsley applied for service with the 4th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (Commando). PTE Worsley deployed on his first tour to Afghanistan in 2006 and again in 2007. PTE Worsley was an extremely valued and respected member of his company group. He was physically fit, gifted, skilful, tough, selfless. He was a man who could be counted upon.

For his service in East Timor and Afghanistan, PTE Worsley was awarded the the Australian Active Service Medal with clasp East Timor and the International Coalition Against Terrorism Clasp, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Australian Defence Medal, the United Nations Medal with the United Nations Transitional Authority East Timor Ribbon, Return from Active Service Badge, the Infantry Combat Badge, and the Unit Citation for Gallantry for his service with the Special Operations Task Group in 2006.

During PTE Worsley’s service in the Australian Army, he deployed on the following Operations:

  • OPERATION CITADEL (East Timor) - 2003
  • OPERATION SLIPPER (Afghanistan) - 2006
  • OPERATION SLIPPER (Afghanistan) - 2007

 

For more information on our Fallen, please go to the Australian War Memorial Official Site: www.awm.gov.au

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