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Cpl Nick Wiseman
“HE WILL never be forgotten by his
regiment,” CO 2 Cdo Regt Lt-Col
B said at a moving funeral for Cpl
Cameron Baird MG, a gallant sol-
dier who was killed by small arms
fire in Afghanistan on June 22.
The funeral was held at the Reedy
Creek Baptist Church on the Gold
Coast attended by family, friends and
his fellow commandos.
Lt-Col B said the Army had lost
a great soldier, one who led from the
front and whose life was full of stun-
“Today we honour Cam, we
remember him and we thank him for
all that he has given and all that he has
shared with us over the years,” Lt-Col
“Conspicuous gallantry, com-
posure and leadership under fire
reads the citation for his Medal for
Gallantry, and this is how his team
mates described his actions every time
he went out on an operation.”
During his first tours of
Afghanistan, Cpl Baird came to be a
highly respected commando, accord-
ing to Lt-Col B.
“Cam’s modus operandi of leading
from the front and overwhelming the
enemy with speed, ferocity and audac-
ity was by now well and truly set in
stone,” he said.
“Over three subsequent tours Cam
continued to dynamically lead teams,
and at times sections and platoons and
sometimes over several kilometres of
fire-raked ground, to affect a definitive
change in those battles.
“While each action reinforced a
legend, Cam almost made it look rou-
Lt Col B also spoke of the mantra-
like rituals Cpl Baird undertook before
“On the way to the aircraft Cam
starts to get the blood pumping, boots
to glutes. Cam would enter the CH-47
last in the order of march. Last on, first
off,” Lt-Col B said.
“Cam would keep the blood flow-
ing by stomping the floor of the air-
craft, getting into the zone. At the
same time he’d be geeing-up his men.
“As the CH-47 touched down
imagine a six foot monster of a man
standing at the ramp surrounded by a
team that would follow him anywhere.
A team that Cam had trained and a
team that Cam inspired.
“Imagine a man that had seen and
prevailed through more combat than
most. Imagine a man that was waiting
to be set free.
“This was Cam on every mission
and this was Cam on his final mis-
Cpl Baird was serving with the
SOTG on his fifth tour in Afghanistan
when he was killed during an engage-
ment with insurgents in the Khod
His body was returned to Australia
on June 29, first arriving at RAAF
Base Richmond, where members
of his unit formed an honour guard
and escorted Cpl Baird to his family.
Speaking at the ramp ceremony,
Lt-Col B paid tribute to one of the
unit’s most notable warriors.
“Wherever you are we’re always
with you, wherever you go we’ll
always be there for you, you’ll never
be forgotten, and you will never be
alone,” he said.
“As a leader you are a comman-
do and you are a warrior and that is
the men below you and that is the
men beside you, you are home now.
to fallen warrior
Cpl Cameron Baird MG farewelled in Gold Coast funeral service
Honouring a mate: Commandos from 2 Cdo Regt carry Cpl Cameron Baird’s casket out of Reedy Creek Baptist Church on the Gold Coast at the
conclusion of his funeral service. Inset, commandos fire a volley during the service.
Photos by AB Lee-Anne Mack
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