Corporal Ashley Birt

Vale Notice - Corporal Ashley Birt

Corporal Ashley Birt was born in Nambour, Queensland in 1989. Ashley enlisted in the Australian Regular Army in Jun 2007. After four years of service in the 1st Topographic Survey Squadron, Royal Australian Engineers, he was deployed to Afghanistan in May 2011.

Ashley was part of the contingent of Australian mentors to the 6th Kandak of the Afghan National Army's 4th Brigade in Kandahar province. Ashley was Killed in Action on 29th Oct 2011 when a member of the Afghan National Army opened fire with an automatic weapon. Two of Ashley's Australian colleagues were also killed in this incident, and a number of Australian Soldiers were wounded.

Ashley is survived by his parents Don and Linda, and his brother Dale.

Biography - Corporal Ashley Birt

Corporal Ashley BirtCorporal Ashley Birt was born in Nambour, Queensland in 1989. He enlisted into the Australian Regular Army in June 2007 and was allocated to the Royal Australian Engineers as a Geospatial Technician.

Following his Engineer Initial Employment Training and Specialist Technical Geospatial Basic course in December 2008, he was posted to the 1st Topographical Survey Squadron (1 TOPO SVY SQN) as a Geospatial Technician. He was promoted to Lance Corporal in February 2011 and to Corporal in April 2011.

Corporal Birt was part of Combined Team Uruzgan and is survived by his parents and brother.

His colleagues describe him as being a proud and well-liked soldier of the 1 TOPO SVY SQN. He maintained a very high level of physical fitness and played hockey at the highest levels. Due to his natural leadership style, maturity, hard work ethic and dedication to his specialist trade, he was quickly promoted through the ranks.

He was a great mate to his many colleagues and well liked by all. He was a larrikin and someone who was always smiling. His mates remember him as a great bloke, a distinguished sportsman and an excellent soldier. He will not be forgotten and will always remain a part of the sapper family.

Corporal Birt has been awarded the following honours and awards:

  • Australian Defence Medal
  • Australian Service Medal with Clasp Solomon Islands II
  • Australian Active Service Medal with clasp International Coalition Against Terrorism (ICAT)
  • Afghanistan Campaign Medal
  • NATO Non Article 5 Medal with clasp – International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

For his efforts on OPERATION FLOODS ASSIST, he was nominated for a soldiers’ medallion.

During Corporal Birt’s service in the Australian Army he deployed on the following operations:

  • Operation ANODE (Solomon Islands) – July 2010 – September 2010
  • Operation QUEENSLAND FLOOD ASSIST (Australia) – January 2011– February 2011
  • Operation SLIPPER (Afghanistan) – May 2011 – October.
The full Defence Vale notice for CPL Birt can be found here.