The Commando – The Life and Death of Cameron Baird, VC, MG – Book Launch
Wednesday 06 December, 2017
6.00pm (club rooms open from 5.00pm)
13 Beatty Street
RSVP to Carol Van Der Peet 0415 242 084
On 22 June 2013, Corporal Cameron Baird, a 2nd Commando Regiment Special Forces soldier, led his platoon into a known Taliban stronghold to back-up another Australian unit that was under heavy fire. In the pronged firefight, Corporal Baird was mortally wounded.
In 2014, Cameron’s bravery and courage under fire saw him posthumously awarded Australia’s 100th Victoria Cross, our countires highest Military honour, awarded to a person who, in the presence of the enemy, displays the most conspicuous gallantry, or daring or pre-eminent act of valour or self-sacrifice or extreme devotion to duty. Cameron Baird died how he lived – without any indecision, at the front, giving his all.
‘The Commando’ tells of Cameron’s life, from a young boy and aspiring AFL player, to an exemplary soldier and leader. Cameron’s story and that of the 2nd Commando Regiment and 4RAR personifies the courage and character of the men and women who go to war and shows us the good man we have lost.
About the author
Ben Mckelvey is a freelance writer and editor from Sydney who has filed for Good Weekend, Gq, Voyeur, Rolling Stone, The Bulletin, Cosmo, Cleo And The Smh, Age And West Australian newspapers. Ben’s previous gigs have included editing Sport&Style and Juice magazines, and working on the Sydney Morning Herald as a Senior Feature Writer. He has been embedded with the ADF in East Timor and Iraq, and has worked independently in Iran and Afghanistan.