Corporal Scott James Smith

Vale Notice - Corporal Scott James Smith

Scott Smith was born in the Barossa Valley, South Australia in 1988. He joined the Army in February 2006 and upon completion of his initial employment training, was posted to the 1st Combat Engineer Regiment, Darwin. In 2008, Corporal Smith was posted to the then Incident Response Regiment.

Scott deployed to Afghanistan for the second time in July 2012 as a member of the Holsworthy-based Special Operations Engineer Regiment, forming part of the Special Operations Task Group. Scott was killed by a bomb blast during a compound clearance operation on 21st October 2012.

Scott is survived by his partner Liv, his parents Katrina Paterson and Murray Smith and sister Roxanne.

Biography - Corporal Scott James Smith

Corporal Scott Smith was born in Gawler, South Australia in 1988. He joined the Army in February 2006 and upon completion of his initial employment training, was posted to the 1st Combat Engineer Regiment, Darwin. He deployed with 1 CER in August 2006 to the Solomon Islands as part of Operation ANODE. He was also a key member of Rifle Company Butterworth 79.

In 2008, Corporal Smith was posted to the then Incident Response Regiment as a search operator. During this time he was a pivotal member within the Regiment’s Domestic and Offshore contingency troops. He also deployed as part of SOTG XII from February to July 2010.

In 2011, Corporal Smith completed the ADF Explosive Ordnance Reconnaissance course (EOR) and was promoted to the rank of Corporal later that year. He deployed as part of SOTG XVIII in July 2012.

Corporal Smith has been awarded the following honours and awards:

Australian Active Service Medal with clasp International Coalition Against Terrorism,

  • Australian Defence Medal,
  • Australian Service Medal with Clasp Solomons 2,
  • Australian Service Medal with Clasp – Counter Terrorism / Special Recovery,
  • NATO International Stabilisation Assistance Force Medal,
  • Army Combat Badge,
  • Soldiers Medallion.
During Corporal Smith’s service in the Australian Army he deployed on the following operations:
  • Operation ANODE (Solomon Islands) – November 2006 – December 2006,
  • Operation SLIPPER (Afghanistan) – February 2010 – July 2010,
  • Operation NORWICH (Australia) – November 2011,
  • Operation SLIPPER (Afghanistan) – July 2012 – October 2012.

Corporal Smith is survived by his partner Liv, his parents Katrina and Murray; and his sister Roxanne.

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