Private Matthew Lambert

1985-2011 killed in Afghanistan

It is with deep regret the Australian Defence Force announces the death of Private Matthew Lambert during operations in Afghanistan on 22 August 2011. Private Lambert was a member of the Mentoring Task Force - Three and was from the 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (2RAR) based in Townsville, North Queensland.

Private Lambert is survived by his spouse, parents and family.

Private Lambert was born in Kogarah, NSW, in 1985. He joined the Army from southern Queensland enlisting in the 9th Battalion, Royal Queensland Regiment in August 2005, transferring to the Australian Regular Army in February 2007 and posted to 2RAR in Townsville.

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.

Private Lambert has been awarded the following honours and awards: Australian Active Service Medal with clasp International Coalition Against Terror, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Australian Service Medal with clasp Timor - Leste, Australian Defence Medal and the Timor – Leste Solidarity Medal.

During Private Lambert’s service in the Australian Army he deployed on the following operations:

  • OPERATION ASTUTE (East Timor) - June 2009 – November 2009.
  • OPERATION SLIPPER (Afghanistan) – June 2011 – August 2011.

Australian soldier killed in action in Afghanistan

An Australian soldier serving with Mentoring Task Force - Three (MTF-3) in Uruzgan Province has been killed in action after being wounded by what is believed to be an Improvised Explosive Device (IED).

The soldier was conducting a 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 the device detonated at approximately 0230 hours local Afghan time (0800 hours Australian eastern time).

Chief of the Defence Force General David Hurley said the Australian soldier was seriously wounded in the blast.

"He received immediate first aid from his patrol mates before an aero medical team transferred him to the Role 2 Medical facility in Tarin Kot where he received further medical treatment. Unfortunately, the soldier died from his wounds shortly after arrival,” General Hurley said.

“I offer my deepest sympathies to his family, friends and mates on behalf of the ADF.”

General Hurley said the soldier was a respected member of the Townsville based 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment.

“This was his first deployment to Afghanistan having previously served in East Timor in 2009.

“His colleagues describe him as a man who excelled at any task he was assigned and a soldier who was proud to serve his country.”

An ISAF soldier was also wounded in the strike and has been medically assessed and is in a serious but stable condition.

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