Corporal Richard Atkinson

Vale Notice - Corporal Richard Atkinson

Corporal Richard Atkinson was born in Hobart, Tasmania in May 1988.

Richard enlisted in the Australian Regular Army in April 2007 and was subsequently posted to the 1st Combat Engineer Regiment, with whom he deployed to Afghanistan in October 2010.

Richard was in command of a Combat Engineer search section during an Australian patrol through the Tangi Valley in the Deh Rawud region. He was Killed In Action on 2nd February 2011 when an insurgent Improvised Explosive Device detonated near his section.

Richard is survived his parents Ross and Kate, brother James and sister-in-law Sumah.

Corporal Richard AtkinsonBiography - Corporal Richard Atkinson

Corporal Richard Atkinson was born in Hobart, Tasmania on 11 May 1988 and enlisted in the ARA on 30 April 2007. He was subsequently posted to the 1st Combat Engineer Regiment, with whom he deployed to Afghanistan in October 2010.

Richard was in command of a Combat Engineer search section during an Australian patrol through the Tangi Valley in the Deh Rawud region. He was Killed In Action on 2nd February 2011 when an insurgent Improvised Explosive Device detonated near his section. Richard was Killed in Action on 2 February 2011 serving on Operation SLIPPER in Afghanistan at the age of 22 having served for 3 years and 9 months.

Corporal Atkinson had previously served on Operation PADANG ASSIST in Sumatra, Indonesia and was posted to the 1st Combat Engineer Regiment.

Rich was a funny man, always putting smiles on other people’s faces. He was hoping to start a family this year with Dannielle. He was a dedicated soldier with long career aspirations. He was a family man who was very close to each of his relatives and was looking forward to coming home at the end of his tour to spend time with them in Tasmania.

He shared a strong mateship with those he left behind in Afghanistan and all his mates in Australia. He will be missed by all and not a day will go by that he won’t be thought of.

Richard is survived his parents Ross and Kate, brother James and sister-in-law Sumah.

The full Defence Vale notice for CPL Atkinson can be found here.