Farewell to Corporal Scott James Smith
7 November 2012
Family, friends and fellow soldiers today commemorated the life of Corporal Scott James Smith, in a moving military funeral service held in the Barossa Valley, South Australia.
Twenty-four year old Corporal Smith, a Combat Engineer with the Special Operations Engineer Regiment, was killed in action when an Improvised Explosive Device detonated during an operation in northern Helmand province on 21 October, 2012.
Local residents, dignitaries and members of the Australian Defence Force stood side by side to pay their respects to Corporal Smith as his coffin was marched into the funeral service by his Regimental mates.
Commanding Officer of the Special Operations Engineer Regiment, Lieutenant Colonel Scott Corrigan paid homage to Corporal Smith.
“This young man was made of something special, he made a huge impression on everyone in the unit from the outset,” Lieutenant Colonel Corrigan said.
“Our best soldiers always give the bit extra, they are selfless and put themselves in harms way to protect others - Scott was one of the very best.”
Mourners were told of the unit’s motto ‘Inter Hastas et Hostes’ translated to mean ‘between spears and enemies’, highlighting the vital and dangerous work Corporal Smith and his fellow combat engineers undertake on operations, leading the way for others to execute and complete the mission.
“He was the guy who others relied on, he paved the way and he saved the lives of countless people, through his immense courage, bravery and professionalism,” Lieutenant Colonel Corrigan said.
“We will struggle to fill the void left by his loss. It was a privilege granted to us to have known Scott and we will honour him forever.”
Corporal Smith is survived by his partner Liv, his parents Katrina Paterson and Murray Smith and his sister Roxanne.
Corporal Smith was a highly respected and well liked Combat Engineer. He had served with the Special Operations Task Group in Afghanistan in 2010, and had also deployed to the Solomon Islands in 2006 with the 1st Combat Engineer Regiment.
Senator the Hon Chris Evans, Acting Prime Minister; the Hon Tony Abbott MP, Leader of the Opposition; the Hon Stephen Smith MP, Minister for Defence; Senator the Hon David Johnston, Shadow Minister of Defence; the Hon Jay Weatherill MLA, Premier of South Australia; Mr Nick Champion MP, Member for Wakefield; Secretary of the Department of Defence, Mr Dennis Richardson AO; Vice Chief of the Defence Force, Air Marshal Mark Binskin AO; Chief of the Army, Lieutenant General David Morrison AO; Special Operations Commander Australia, Major General 'Gus' Gilmore AM DSC, and local dignitaries attended the funeral.
Images of the funeral service will be availablefrom the Defence Imagery Gallery at:http://images.defence.gov.au/12131684
Pool vision will be provided for distribution to metropolitan television stations from 4.30pm (SA time).