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Private Nathan Bewes

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It is with deep regret the Australian Defence Force announces the death of Private Nathan John Bewes during operations in Afghanistan.

Private Bewes was serving with 1st Mentoring Task Force when he tragically lost his life from an Improvised Explosive Device on Friday 9 July, 2010.

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Private Nathan Bewes

Twenty-three-year-old Private Nathan Bewes was from the Brisbane-based 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment.

Private Bewes leaves behind his loving parents, sister and partner, who are currently receiving support from Defence.

Private Bewes was born in Kogarah, New South Wales in 1986. He joined the Army in 2005 and in the same year successfully completed his recruit and infantry basic training prior to being posted to the 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment. This was his second deployment to the Middle East.

Private Bewes was qualified in Direct Fire Support Weapons (DFSW), Combat First Aid and as a driver of the Protected Mobility Vehicle.

Private Bewes was awarded the Australian Active Service Medal with clasp International Coalition Against Terrorism (ICAT), Australian Service Medal with clasp Timor Leste, the Australian Defence Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, NATO medal with clasp ISAF and the East Timor Solidarity Medal. Private Bewes was also awarded the Infantry Combat Badge and for previous deployments, he was awarded the Returned Active Service Badge.

During Private Bewes’ service in the Australian Army, he deployed on the following Operations;