Video: Australian defense chief remembers soldier lost in Afghanistan


THE family of slain South Australian sapper Jamie Ronald Larcombe say he was loved by all who knew him.

The 21-year-old combat engineer and an Afghan interpreter were shot dead by insurgents while on patrol in the Mirabad Valley, south-east of Patrol Base Wali, on Saturday night (AEDT).

He is the 23rd digger killed in Afghanistan since 2002 and was part of the same Darwin-based unit which only last week farewelled Corporal Richard Edward Atkinson who died on February 2.

Spr Larcombe, who was halfway through his first tour of Afghanistan, is survived by his parents, three younger sisters and girldhfriend Rhiannon Penhall