Ben Roberts-Smith, Date of Birth, Place of Birth


Ben Roberts-Smith

Australian army soldier, recipient of the Victoria Cross for Australia

Date of Birth: 01-Nov-1978

Place of Birth: Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Profession: military personnel

Zodiac Sign: Scorpio

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About Ben Roberts-Smith

  • Benjamin Roberts-Smith, (born 1 November 1978) is an Australian businessman, former Australian Army soldier, and a recipient of the Victoria Cross for Australia (VC), the highest award in the Australian honours system.
  • Roberts-Smith was awarded the VC for his actions during a helicopter assault into Tizak on 11 June 2010 as part of an offensive in the Shah Wali Kot region while serving with the Special Air Service Regiment in Afghanistan.
  • The medal, together with his Medal for Gallantry awarded during a tour of Afghanistan in 2006, made Roberts-Smith the most highly decorated serving member of the Australian Defence Force.
  • He was presented with the VC by the Governor-General of Australia, Quentin Bryce, at a ceremony in Perth on 23 January 2011.
  • He was also later awarded a Commendation for Distinguished Service for his leadership as a patrol commander during a 2012 tour of Afghanistan. Roberts-Smith left the full-time army in 2013 to study business at the University of Queensland.
  • In 2015 he was appointed Chair of the National Australia Day Council, and made deputy general manager of the regional television network Seven Queensland.
  • He has subsequently been promoted to general manager of the rural network and of metropolitan station Seven Brisbane. In 2017, Ben Roberts-Smith's actions in Afghanistan came under scrutiny in light of a quasi-judicial inquiry into breaches of the laws of armed conflict by Australia's Special Operations Task Group in Afghanistan.
  • Following the publication of allegations that he was involved in the unlawful treatment and execution of detainees, Roberts-Smith, with assistance from a legal team hired by Seven Network owner Kerry Stokes, sued Fairfax Media for defamation.
  • Since June 2018, Ben Roberts-Smith has been the subject of a war crimes investigation by the Australian Federal Police.

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