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September 1, 2011
DEFENCE and the Australian com-
munity are mourning PTE Matthew
Lambert who was killed in action in
Afghanistan on August 22.
The Townsville-based 2RAR
infantry soldier was a member of
the third rotation of the Mentoring
PTE Lambert was on a night
mentored patrol with elements of
the Afghan National Army and
other coalition forces in the Khas
Uruzgan region, 85km north-
east of Tarin Kot, when he was
critically wounded after what is
believed to have been an IED deto-
An ISAF soldier was also seri-
ously wounded in the same incident.
PTE Lambert began his journey
home on August 26 with a simple
ceremony in Tarin Kot. The sol-
dier's casket was then carried on an
Australian Light Armoured Vehicle
to a waiting 37SQN C-130.
CO MTF 3 LT-COL Chris
Smith said PTE Lambert was a
highly professional and disciplined
"PTE Matthew Lambert never
failed to impress me with his drive,
personal philosophy and profes-
sionalism," LTCOL Smith said.
PTE Lambert was the 29th
Australian soldier killed in
Afghanistan during Operation
Slipper and the eighth Australian
soldier killed this year.
PTE Lambert's partner,
Ellesse, said he was the love of
"He was the most special man
in my life and we had planned our
whole life together," she said.
"Matty made me a better per-
son, he is my best friend and I
will always love him. Matty
always protected me and was the
best part of my life; he was my
PTE Lambert has been award-
ed the AASM with clasp ICAT,
Afghanistan Campaign Medal,
Australian Service Medal with
clasp Timor-Leste, Australian
Defence Medal and the Timor-
Leste Solidarity Medal.
A COMMEMORATIVE service will
be held at the site allocated for the
Australian Peacekeeping Memo-
rial on Anzac Parade in Canberra
at 11am on September 14.
The day will mark the 64th
anniversary of Australia's first
contribution to a UN peacekeep-
ing mission in 1947.
The Canberra National
Memorials Committee has
approved a site for the memorial
on Anzac Parade. The memorial
will be a focal point for national
parades and remembrance
ceremonies in recognition of
The approved project design
has now progressed to the pro-
totype stage. The design features
two black polished monoliths
separated by a passage of light
leading to a courtyard for individ-
ual reflection and commemorative
activities which outline the story
of Australian peacekeeping.
The memorial committee,
chaired by retired MAJGEN Tim
Ford, continues to widen its mem-
bership base and to extend its
MAJGEN Ford said further
support from veterans of peace-
keeping, from businesses and
from the broader Australian com-
munity is being sought.
For more details on the project, visit
Peacekeepers' commemorative service
He was my
starts his journey
home being flown
out of Afghanistan
on a C-130.
Sad farewell for digger in Afghanistan
PTE Matthew Lambert.
BYE, MATE: Right,
close mates say their
final goodbyes after
the ramp ceremony.
Photos: AB Jo Dilorenzo
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