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Army April 14, 2011
By LCpl Mark Doran
VC RECIPIENT Cpl Ben Roberts-
Smith, while on a recent visit to
Tamworth, stopped in on 12/16
Hunter River Lancers (HRL), the
local RSL, a mayoral reception
and his wife Emma's family.
The March 22 visit to 12/16HRL
coincided with the unit's Tuesday
night training and gave nearly
30 reservists and ARA soldiers a
chance to meet the recipient of the
second Victoria Cross for Australia.
Cfn Troy Robertson, 12/16HRL,
said Cpl Roberts-Smith was very
humble and praised 12/16HRL for
the role they did within the Army.
"It is not every day you get to
meet someone like that and I was
very proud," Cfn Robertson said.
"I presented him with an
engraved beer-stein and he said
it was a bit more useful than a
On his visit to the Tamworth
RSL, Cpl Roberts-Smith was pre-
sented with an honorary member-
ship by the sub-branch honorary
secretary Tony Barrett.
The civic reception was held the
next afternoon and was attended by
local councillors and guests.
Tamworth Mayor Col Murray
said the local community held ser-
vice personnel in high regard.
Cpl Roberts-Smith said he
thought it was important to get out
among the rural communities and
share what was going on.
"The message I always try to get
across to today's soldiers is that we
are at war, it isn't a conflict, it is a
war and the way we train is the way
we fight," he said.
"There is a time and place for
political correctness and when you
are training for war you need to be
able to put society's opinions aside
to focus on your training.
"You need to give yourself the
best chance at survival so we can
get through the war with as few cas-
ualties as possible.
"In soldiers, I look for integri-
ty, because that goes to your hon-
our and because we are Australian
soldiers I look for mateship and
"If you hold those three things
in high regard, they will get you
through everything in life."
In the spotlight: Cpl Ben Roberts-Smith takes time out from official
visits to be with his wife, Emma, and her grandfather Neville Harrison.
Photo by Barry Smith courtesy of the Northern Daily Leader
By LCpl Mark Doran
AUSTRALIA'S most highly decorated
serving soldier, Cpl Ben Roberts-Smith
VC MG, visited the Australian War
Memorial on April 4 to view his newly
installed medal group and photo panel
in the Hall of Valour.
The medal group includes his Victoria
Cross and Medal for Gallantry. The panel
features an image of Cpl Roberts-Smith
taken shortly after the combat action
for which he was awarded the military's
highest award for valour in the face of the
"I will be marching in Sydney this
year, mainly to be with my old battalion,
3RAR, which will be commemorating
the 60th anniversary of the Battle of
Kapyong on April 24.
"I wanted to make sure I was involved
so people knew I hadn't forgotten where I
came from and where I started my infan-
try life," Cpl Roberts-Smith said
When asked if being awarded the
VC placed an extra burden on his shoul-
ders for returning to Afghanistan, Cpl
Roberts-Smith said he did not consider it
a burden -- just an extra responsibility.
"It is my responsibility to portray
myself, the ADF and my unit in the best
possible way -- as far as the job itself
goes, there will be no change -- it will
always be 100 per cent [effort]."
Image captured on
the day of battle
In action: This image of Cpl Ben Roberts-Smith, which features in the
Australian War Memorial's Hall of Valour, was taken not long after the action
for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross.
Provided by AWM
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