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Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler » Unsung heroes: Sgt Matthew Locke
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It is with great sadness that the Department of Defence announces the death of Sergeant Matthew Locke, serving with Special Air Service Regiment in Oruzgan Province in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, 25 October 2007.

He is the third soldier to die in combat in Afghanistan, and this day Australia mourns the loss of one of our best, brightest and bravest.

During his service in the Australian Defence Force, Matthew was awarded the Medal for Gallantry, the Australian Active Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Australian Defence Medal, the United Nations Medal with the United Nations Transitional Authority East Timor Ribbon, the Iraq Clasp to the Australian Active Service Medal, the International Coalition Against Terrorism Clasp to the Australian Active Service Medal, the Infantry Combat Badge and the Returned from Active Service Badge.

For gallantry in action in hazardous circumstances as the second-in-command of a Special Air Service Regiment patrol in the Special Forces Task Group whilst deployed on Operation SLIPPER, Afghanistan, in 2006.

During the conduct of an operation, a patrol, with Sergeant Locke as second-in-command, were tasked with establishing an Observation Post in extremely rugged terrain over looking an Anti-Coalition Militia sanctuary.

After an arduous ten hour foot infiltration up the side of the mountain, the patrol was called into action to support elements of the Combined Task Force Special Forces patrol that were in contact with the Anti-Coalition Militia in the valley floor to their north.

After the engagement, Sergeant Locke’s patrol remained in their location and was the only coalition ground element with visibility of the target area.

During the course of the next day the patrol continued to coordinate offensive air support against identified Anti-Coalition Militia positions in order to further disrupt and degrade the enemy’s morale.

During the afternoon, the Observation Post became the focus of the Anti-Coalition Militia who made repeated attempts by day and night to overrun and surround the position.

In one such incident the Anti-Coalition Militia attempted to outflank the Observation Post and Sergeant Locke without regard for his own personal safety, led a two man team to locate and successfully neutralise the Anti-Coalition Militia in order to regain the initiative and protect his patrol from being overrun.

This particular incident was followed by another Anti-Coalition Militia attempt to manoeuvre to attack the patrol Observation Post from another flank.

Sergeant Locke, again with little regard for his personal safety, adopted a fire position that was exposed on high ground which dominated the planned Anti-Coalition Militia assault.

Whilst deliberately exposing himself to intense rifle and machine gun fire from the Anti-Coalition Militia, he again neutralised the lead assaulting elements whilst suppressing other Militia until the arrival of offensive air support.

Whilst still under sustained fire, Sergeant Locke then directed indirect fire to effectively neutralise another Anti-Coalition Militia advance on his patrol’s position.

The courageous and gallant actions of Sergeant Locke were instrumental in regaining the initiative from the Anti-Coalition Militia and allowing the successful exfiltration of the patrol on foot prior to first light the next day.

Sergeant Locke’s actions of gallantry whilst under enemy fire in extremely hazardous circumstances, displayed courage of the highest order and are in keeping with the finest traditions of Special Operations Command-Australia, the Australian Army and the Australian Defence Force.

WHO DARES, WINS.

16 Responses to “Unsung heroes: Sgt Matthew Locke”
  1. ORWAC86 Comment by ORWAC86

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    Rest in peace, warrior.

  2. Unregistered Comment by thefrollickingmole

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    I recently completed a rope rescue course with an ex-SAS man.
    Extremely proffesional and knowledgeable man, our SAS has lost many more men in training than it has in combat, a testement to the extroadinary tempo of training they undertake, with a level of risk well outside most regular troops.

    He told us the average age for regular army is around 20.
    For the SAS the average age is 32.
    A lot of what Americans have seen as far as active combat troops in Iraq/Afghanistan have been this one unit. They are way and above our best.
    And yes, as above rest in peace.

  3. LC 0311 crunchie Comment by LC 0311 crunchie

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    Gods Speed Sgt. Locke.

    The Aussie SAS are some of the best there are, and the world is a lesser place minus him.

    And Thank You to our Australian allies for their steadfast friendship.

  4. LC HJ Caveman82952 Comment by LC HJ Caveman82952

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    Brendan, you and your fellow Aussies have my condolences, sympathy, gratitude and thanks. Being half Aussie myself, on my mothers side, I knew her brothers and the hellhole called New Guinea they fought in. Some of the toughest bastards ever to wear a uniform, truly the best of friends and the worst of enemies…..thank you, Australia.
    Sgt. Locke, may you rest in peace and have your eternal reward.

  5. Beth* A. Comment by Beth* A.

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    A true loss for both your country, and ours as your comrades-in-arms. Thank you for bringing Sgt. Locke’s life and selflessness to our attention, Brendan.

    We can never be worthy enough of the sacrifices of the ones who’ve offered up their all.

  6. Unregistered Comment by mindy1

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    RIP i love aussies-they have been our great friends throughout this whole endavor. Bravery like his whould be the lead story on the news, not some celebraty clap trap. To crunchie-if you do make the book, you can also put in the stories of our allies-seems appropriate.

  7. LC Hardclimber54 Comment by LC Hardclimber54

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    Australia might have lost a great man and soldier, but his sacrifice shines on free people everywhere…
    May his memory be honoured for all times.

    Thank you Australia, sometimes the world tends to forget that many freedom-loving nations are together in this fight, and they all lost brave soldiers. The high cost of freedom is paid in full by these heroes…

  8. LC Joe D,  A&IG/GWN Comment by LC Joe D, A&IG/GWN

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    LC Brendan

    Thanks for the story on Sgt Locke. A very brave man by ANY yardstick. And to Sgt Locke….good onya, mate. Men of good will everywhere will remember and not just in Australia fair.

    LC Joe D.

  9. LC Joe D,  A&IG/GWN Comment by LC Joe D, A&IG/GWN

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  10. LC Joe D,  A&IG/GWN Comment by LC Joe D, A&IG/GWN

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    LC Brendan

    Sorry for the above mate. I have been trying to post on the Sgt Locke thread but my comments just disappear. Above was just a test. My apologies.

    LC Joe D.

    [Fixed and no problem - LCB]

  11. Emperor Misha I Comment by Emperor Misha I

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    Sorry for the above mate. I have been trying to post on the Sgt Locke thread but my comments just disappear. Above was just a test. My apologies.

    LC Joe D.

    Akismet is having a bad day again.

    And also again: If your comment doesn’t immediately appear, IT’S NOT GONE. It’s just held in a queue from which it will be rescued as soon as one of us Upper Echelon Staff Types™ sees it.

    Re-posting will only serve to convince Akismet that you’re a bot.

  12. LC Joe D,  A&IG/GWN Comment by LC Joe D, A&IG/GWN

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    Thanks Misha. These are matters beyond my ken! If it doesn’t have a carb, footpegs and a kickstart I’m lost!

    LC Joe D

  13. LittleRott84 Comment by LittleRott84

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    Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, oy, oy, oy
    Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, oy, oy ,oy
    Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, oy, oy, oy

  14. LC HJ Caveman82952 Comment by LC HJ Caveman82952

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    I hear ya’ Joe D. More than one comment lost to the odd sock dimension……like being put on hold in limbo…..

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  16. Panzermann403 Comment by Panzermann403

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    LC Brendan

    Thanks for the post, the story and the picture of this hero. Good one, mate.

    I’ve never served with Aussies, but I am currently working with a couple of them. Really good blokes, cannot say anything less.

    And the good Sarge… Already in Valhalla, no doubt. Mighty good company.