Corporal Richard Atkinson


 2011 killed in Afghanistan

Twenty-two-year-old Corporal Richard Atkinson was from the Darwin-based 1st Combat Engineer Regiment.

Corporal Atkinson leaves behind his fiancé, Dannielle, his parents Ross and Kate, brother James and sister-in-law Sumah.

Corporal Atkinson was born in Hobart in 1988. He joined the Army in 2007 and in the same year successfully completed his recruit and combat engineer basic training prior to being posted to the 1st Combat Engineer Regiment based in Darwin.
He was promoted to Lance Corporal in 2009 and displayed strong leadership in bringing his section together during their preparation for operations in Afghanistan. His dedication to his section was rewarded with his promotion to Corporal just prior to their deployment.

Corporal Atkinson was leading his combat engineer section as a search commander when he was killed in action.

Corporal Atkinson has been awarded the Australian Active Service Medal with Clasp: International Coalition Against Terrorism (ICAT), Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Army Combat Badge, the Australian Defence Medal, and the NATO Medal with ISAF Clasp.

During Corporal Atkinson’s service in the Australian Army, he deployed on the following Operations:

  • Operation Padang Assist (Indonesian Earthquake) – Oct 2009.
  • Operation Slipper (Afghanistan) – Oct 2010 – Feb 2011.

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