It is with deep regret and sorrow that I announce the death of another Australian soldier in Afghanistan. His name and details have not yet been released.
He was killed by an IED roadside bomb, less than a few months after arriving. He is the 29th to die in this conflict, where we have fought, and bled, and died, alongside our American brothers.
Please pray for the family tonight.
DEFENCE has named the latest soldier to be killed in Afghanistan as Private Matthew Lambert, a member of the Mentoring Task Force.Private Lambert was born in Kogarah, NSW, in 1985 and joined the army in 2005.
He died when an improvised explosive device detonated yesterday, making him the 29th Australian soldier to die in Afghanistan.
“Private Lambert is described as a well respected soldier who excelled in any task he was assigned, and was looking forward to serving his country in Afghanistan,” the ADF’s website said.Private Lambert, 26, is survived by his partner, parents and family.
Private Lambert initially served in the Reserve 9th Battalion of the Royal Queensland Regiment in August 2005, transferring to the Australian Regular Army in February 2007 and posted to the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Australian Regiment (2RAR).
He served in East Timor from June to November 2009 and in Afghanistan from June 2011.
“Private Lambert is described as a well-respected soldier who excelled in any task he was assigned, and was looking forward to serving his country in Afghanistan,” Defence said in a statement.During his army service he was awarded the Australian Active Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Australian Service Medal, Australian Defence Medal and the Timor-Leste Solidarity Medal.
Private Lambert, 26, is survived by his spouse, parents and family.