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Corporal Scott James Smith farewelled

Bearer party for Corporal Scott Smith moving to the hearse after the funeral service.

Family, friends and fellow soldiers have commemorated the life of Corporal Scott James Smith, in a moving military funeral service held in the Barossa Valley, South Australia. 

Twenty-four year old Corporal Smith, a Combat Engineer with the Special Operations Engineer Regiment, was killed in action when an Improvised Explosive Device detonated during an operation in northern Helmand province on 21 October 2012.

Local residents, dignitaries and members of the Australian Defence Force stood side by side to pay their respects to Corporal Smith as his coffin was marched into the funeral service by his Regimental mates.

Commanding Officer of the Special Operations Engineer Regiment, Lieutenant Colonel Scott Corrigan paid homage to Corporal Smith.

“This young man was made of something special; he made a huge impression on everyone in the unit from the outset,” Lieutenant Colonel Corrigan said.

“Our best soldiers always give the bit extra; they are selfless and put themselves in harm’s way to protect others. Scott was one of the very best.”

Mourners were told of the unit’s motto ‘Inter Hastas et Hostes’ translated to mean ‘between spears and enemies’, highlighting the vital and dangerous work Corporal Smith and his fellow combat engineers undertake on operations, leading the way for others to execute and complete the mission.

“He was the guy who others relied on. He paved the way and he saved the lives of countless people, through his immense courage, bravery and professionalism,” Lieutenant Colonel Corrigan said.

“We will struggle to fill the void left by his loss. It was a privilege granted to us to have known Scott and we will honour him forever.”

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

Corporal Smith was a highly respected and well liked Combat Engineer. He had served with the Special Operations Task Group in Afghanistan in 2010, and had also deployed to the Solomon Islands in 2006 with the 1st Combat Engineer Regiment.