PRIVATE Grant Walter Kirby


SLC Old Boy: 1992

Service Number: 8283840

Rank: Private

Unit: 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment

Service: Australian Army

Conflict: Afghanistan, 2001-

Date of death: 20 August 2010

Place of death: Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan

Cause of death: Killed in action

Age at death: 35

Cemetery or memorial details: Queensland Garden of Remembrance, Pinnaroo Cemetery and Crematorium, Bridgeman Downs, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Source: AWM file

Location on the Roll of Honour at the Australian War Memorial

Grant Walter Kirby’s name is located at panel 1 in the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial (as indicated by the poppy on the plan).




Biography of PTE Grant Kirby

Private Kirby was serving with 1st Mentoring Task Force in Afghanistan when he was tragically killed in action as a result of the explosion of an Improvised Explosive Device on Friday 20 August, 2010.

Thirty-five-year-old Private Kirby was from the Brisbane-based 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment.

Private Kirby was born in Nambour, Queensland in 1975. He joined the Army in 2006 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 Private Kirby’s first deployment to Afghanistan, although he had deployed previously to East Timor and Iraq.

Private Kirby was qualified as an Assault Pioneer and as a commander and driver of the Protected Mobility Vehicle.

Private Kirby was awarded the Australian Active Service Medal with clasps: International Coalition Against Terrorism (ICAT) and Iraq 2003, the Australian Service Medal with clasp Timor Leste, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal and the Infantry Combat Badge. Private Kirby has also been awarded and Return from Active Service Badge from a previous deployment.

During Private Kirby’s service in the Australian Army, he deployed on the following Operations:
a.        Operation Astute (East Timor) – Jan 2007– Mar 2007
b.        Operation Catalyst (Iraq) – Nov 2007 – Jun 2008
c.        Operation Slipper (Afghanistan) – Feb 2010 – Aug 2010.

(Source: Department of Defence)



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