Saturday, 10 July 2010

Released by Defence Media Centre

Private Nathan Bewes from the Brisbane based 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR) was killed by an improvised explosive device late last night, Australian time.

Private Bewes was serving with the 1st Mentoring Task Force in Afghanistan, and was part of a dismounted Australian patrol conducting operations in the Chora Valley region of Uruzgan province.

Another soldier from the same patrol suffered minor wounds as a result of the blast and is currently receiving medical treatment at Role 2 medical facility at Multi-National Base Tarin Kowt.

Private Bewes was 23 years old and leaves behind his loving parents, sister and partner, who are currently receiving support from Private Bewes’ unit 6RAR, and from the Defence Community Organisation.

Private Bewes was born in Kogarah, NSW in 1986. He joined the Army in 2005 and in the same year successfully completed his recruit and infantry basic training prior to being posted to 6RAR.

This was his second deployment to Afghanistan. Private Bewes had also deployed to East Timor in 2006.

Private Bewes family has requested their privacy to be respected during this difficult time.

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