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Posted on 02/13/2011


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A memorial service was held on 8th February 2011 at the 1st Combat Engineer Regiment, Robertson Barracks, Darwin in memory of Corporal Richard Atkinson. Corporal Atkinson was killed on operation in Afghanistan on the 2nd Febuary 2011.

Twenty-two-year-old Corporal Richard Atkinson was from the Darwin-based 1st Combat Engineer Regiment.
Corporal Atkinson leaves behind his fiancé, Dannielle, his parents Ross and Kate, brother James and sister-in-law Sumah.
Corporal Atkinson was born in Hobart in 1988. He joined the Army in 2007 and in the same year successfully completed his recruit and combat engineer basic training prior to being posted to the 1st Combat Engineer Regiment based in Darwin.
He was promoted to Lance Corporal in 2009 and displayed strong leadership in bringing his section together during their preparation for operations in Afghanistan. His dedication to his section was rewarded with his promotion to Corporal just prior to their deployment.
Corporal Atkinson was leading his combat engineer section as a search commander when he was killed in action.
Corporal Atkinson has been awarded the Australian Active Service Medal with clasp: International Coalition Against Terrorism (ICAT), Afghanistan Campaign Medal and the Army Combat Badge.
During Corporal Atkinson’s service in the Australian Army, he deployed on the following Operations:
• Operation Padang Assist (Indonesian Earthquake) – Oct 2009.
• Operation Slipper (Afghanistan) – Oct 2010 – Feb 2011.

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