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Soldier’s Death – Name Released

  • January 5th, 2009
  • Posted by EUEditor

afghanistan-australians.jpgAn Australian soldier has died (4.1.09) fighting in Afghanistan.

He was Private Gregory Michael Sher, 30, a member of the Sydney-based 1st Commando Regiment.

Private Sher leaves behind his parents, two brothers and a partner, who are currently receiving support from Defence.

Private Sher was born in South Africa and moved to Australia with his family in 1986.

The head of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston said Private Sher was killed instantly by an exploding rocket.

He’d been with a party that went to an Afghan forward operating base in Oruzgan province, when the base came under rocket attack from Taliban militants.

There were no other casualties.

The death brings to eight the number of Australians killed while serving with the NATO-led Afghanistan Security Assistance Force (ISAF).


Defence Department – Australia, “Australian soldier killed in Afghanistan”, 5.1.09. www.defence,, (5.1.09).

Picture: Australian troops in Afghanistan, DoD (Australia)