Statement on behalf of the family of Sapper Rowan Robinson
12 June 2011
Defence releases the following statement on behalf of Sapper Rowan Robinson’s family, parents Marie and Peter, sister Rachael and brothers Ben and Troy.
We would like to provide this message about our beloved son and brother Rowan who was killed in action in Afghanistan on Monday.
Rowan was so proud to be an Incident Response Regiment Engineer – and we were proud that he chose to serve his country by joining the Army.
He took his work very seriously, knowing he was responsible for the lives of those who followed him through dangerous ground.
He knew the risk of his job and accepted it. It’s harder for us to accept he has been taken from us before his time – but we know he died protecting his mates and doing a job that he loved, a job for which he was greatly respected by the people who served by his side.
The news of Rowan’s death has devastated us and we thank Defence for the support we have received so far, particularly the men and women of the Incident Response Regiment.
We ask that the media respect our privacy in our time of mourning and adjustment to the terrible reality that Rowan is gone from our lives.
We will not be providing interviews and we thank the media for their understanding.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that people please donate in Rowan's honour to the Sapper Rowan Robinson Memorial Fund as part of the Commando Welfare Trust.