Digger awarded the VC

Corporal Cameron Stewart Baird, who was based at Holsworthy Barracks, was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross last week.

Corporal Baird was killed in action in Khod Valley, Uruzgan province, Afghanistan in June 2013. He was survived by his parents and brother, who were presented with the award at Government House, Canberra yesterday.

Corporal Baird died during a small-arms firefight with insurgents. He was the 40th Australian to be killed in Afghanistan.

Corporal Baird enlisted in the Australian Army in January 2000. After completing his initial employment training, he was posted to the 4th Battalion (Commando), The Royal Australian Regiment, based at Holsworthy.

He had been deployed on seven operations, including two to Iraq and four to Afghanistan.