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Administered by: Governor-General and Commander-in-Chief
Published Date 18 Feb 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                Government House

                                                                                                                                                                CANBERRA ACT 2600

 

                                                                                                                                                                18 February 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is notified for general information that Her Majesty The Queen has approved the award of the Victoria Cross for Australia to:

 

 

 

Corporal Cameron Stewart BAIRD MG (deceased)

For the most conspicuous acts of valour, extreme devotion to duty and ultimate self-sacrifice at Ghawchak village, Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan as a Commando Team Commander in Special Operations Task Group on Operation SLIPPER.

 

 

 

By Her Excellency’s Command

 

 

 

 

Stephen Brady CVO

Official Secretary to the Governor-General


 

Australian Army

 

 

Corporal Cameron Stewart BAIRD MG (deceased)

 

For the most conspicuous acts of valour, extreme devotion to duty and ultimate self-sacrifice at Ghawchak village, Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan as a Commando Team Commander in Special Operations Task Group on Operation SLIPPER.

 

On 22 June 2013, Corporal Baird displayed conspicuous valour and ultimate self-sacrifice in close combat with a determined enemy.  With complete disregard for his own safety, he repeatedly drew enemy fire to himself in order to allow his team to manoeuvre, and charged prepared enemy positions in the face of heavy fire.  His efforts enabled the enemy to be neutralised and kept his team safe, but ultimately cost him his life.  His actions were of the highest order and in keeping with the finest traditions of the Australian Army and the Australian Defence Force.