AUSTRALIA'S latest casualty from the conflict in Afghanistan, 24-year-old combat engineer Corporal Scott Smith, has been farewelled in a moving military funeral in South Australia's Barossa Valley.
Corporal Smith, who was serving with the Special Operations Engineer Regiment, was killed by an improvised explosive device during an operation in northern Helmand province on October 21.
The funeral service was attended by acting prime minister Senator Chris Evans, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, SA Premier Jay Weatherill plus defence chiefs, family members and friends.
Special Operations Engineer Regiment commander Lieutenant-Colonel Scott Corrigan paid homage to Corporal Smith.
"He was the guy who others relied on, he paved the way and he saved the lives of countless people, through his immense courage, bravery and professionalism," he said. Corporal Smith, who was born in the Barossa Valley,
was the seventh Australian soldier to die in Afghanistan this year and the 39th since 2001, when combat operations started.