Australian soldier killed during training activity in New Zealand named
17 July 2014
It is with great sadness that Defence confirms Sergeant Gary Francis died during a mountain and cold weather training activity at Mount Cook, New Zealand on 16 July 2014.
The 44 year-old was posted to Sydney-based 2nd Commando Regiment.
It would not be appropriate for Defence to comment or to speculate on the circumstances surrounding Sergeant Francis’ death while inquiries are underway.
Further details of Sergeant Francis’ service history will be released in due course.
Defence continues to provide support to Sergeant Francis’ family and requests that media respect the family’s wishes for privacy at this difficult time.
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