From: Defence Media Centre
Date: 23 October 2012

Details of fallen soldier

It is with deep regret that the Australian Defence Force announces the death of Corporal Scott James Smith on operations in Afghanistan on 21 October 2012.

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

Corporal Smith is survived by his partner Liv, his parents Katrina Paterson and Murray Smith and sister Roxanne.

Scott Smith was born in the Barossa Valley South Australia in 1988. He joined the Army in February 2006 and on completion of his initial employment training, was posted to the 1st Combat Engineer Regiment, Darwin.

In 2008, Corporal Smith was posted to the then Incident Response Regiment as a search operator.

Corporal Smith was an exceptional soldier who possessed all the qualities and charisma of a great junior leader.

He is described by his unit as a genuine, honest and dedicated member who was probably one of the best Junior Non-Commissioned Officers that the unit has seen. His loss will be deeply felt.

Related Defence Links:

http://www.defence.gov.au/vale/cpl_smith/cpl_smith.htm

Images of Lance Corporal McDonald and Private Galagher are available at:

http://images.defence.gov.au/12131495