Lance Corporal Luke Gavin


Lance Corporal Luke Gavin was a member of the Mentoring Task Force - Three and was from the 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (2RAR) based in Tonwnsville, North Queensland.

Lance Corporal Gavin is survived by his wife and their three children.

Lance Corporal Gavin was born in Manly, NSW, in 1982. He enlisted in the Army in 2004. On completion of his basic training and initial employment training he was posted as an infantryman to the 2nd Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment, in Townsville in 2005. He was promoted to Lance Corporal in January 2009. He was a highly-qualified soldier, having completed specialist training as a combat first aider, Pashtu linguist and infantry support weapons operator.

Lance Corporal Gavin was a highly-respected member of the 2nd Battalion. He was acknowledged by his superiors for his positive attitude and loyalty. His subordinate soldiers were motivated by his professionalism, mateship and outstanding specialist skills. He was also known for being a devoted husband and father.

Lance Corporal Gavin has been awarded the following honours and awards:

  • Australian Service Medal with clasp Timor – Leste
  • Australian Defence Medal
  • Timor – Leste Solidarity Medal
  • Australian Active Service Medal with clasp International Coalition Against Terrorism (ICAT)
  • NATO Non Article 5 Medal with clasp – International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

During Lance Corporal Gavin’s service in the Australian Army he deployed on the following operations:

  • Operation ASTUTE (East Timor) - May 2006 – October 2006
  • Operation ASTUTE (East Timor) – October 2007 – March 2008
  • Operation ASTUTE (East Timor) - May 2009 – February 2010
  • Operation SLIPPER (Afghanistan) – June 2011 – October 2011.


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