Over the course of the trip, the boys encountered more and more contacts with the enemy and the Australian Army was now taking casualties. Several soldiers had sadly lost their lives and Jared returned home in July to spend time on ROCL with his family. While he was home, Jared learned that he was going to be promoted upon his return to Afghanistan. Hesitant to see him leave, Beckie and Annabell said their goodbyes to Jared at the airport, for what would become the very last time they would ever see him.
Back in country, Jared proudly received his promotion to Lance Corporal and he was now second in command of a Section. Being promoted had not been a priority for Jared as he always felt his place was on the ground with his brothers, but this trip had changed everything. Jared had served with pride, with his experience and efforts being acknowledged with his promotion.
Tragically, Jared was killed in action at what is now known as The Battle of Derapet a short time after being promoted.
Jared was living life to the fullest and he felt very fortunate to have the opportunities to be able to fulfill his dreams. Being an honourable soldier, a good mate, a dedicated husband and the ultimate dad was all he ever wanted in life. He was a warm, caring and very selfless man who was dedicated to his family and the Army. Jared was rightly very proud to be a soldier and equally proud of the collective achievements he and his colleagues made during their deployments overseas. He is and was a one-of-a-kind man that cherished all the people in his life.
“Jared, thank you for giving me the most treasured gift of all – Annabell and Noah
We never lived a dull moment and always in the present, something I will always cherish. You changed my life in so many ways for the better and you contributed to the woman I am today. You are one of the most courageous people I have been gifted to know and taught me strength I didn’t believe I had. To Australia, you were a remarkable soldier who died for his country. To us, your family; you are our hero. I am blessed to have ever had you in my life and to call you my husband. Rest peacefully Jared.” Beckie
“Jared, you were such a larrikin with a heart of gold. I will always miss your cheeky smile.” Love Neen x
“Jared, you were a wonderful son in law and a great mate. Whilst I will always miss you and our regular banter, our love and respect for you will never fade. Thank you for the happiness you brought to our family. RIP Crash.” Dave
“Crash, we were so lucky to have you as our brother-in-law. You sure put up with a lot from your eventual brothers in the early days with some very questionable dinner time conversations; but you just kept coming back for more. You were something special, an all-around good guy with a huge heart and unlimited stores of energy. As amazing as you were as a brother and friend, you were an even better Uncle. You were so natural with kids and always had time for them. Our girls adore you still. We miss you and talk about you often. You may not have met all our girls, but they will know you. We tell them all the memories we have of you, and they know what a special part of our family you are. We love you Crash.” Ben, Kylie & girls
“To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die.” Nicko
“Jared, we will always be grateful for being part of your life. We miss you mate. Thank you for the memories. You will always be forever young to us. Love Mick, Jodie, Tammin and Bailee”
Jared was awarded the Australian Active Service Medal with clasps: International Coalition Against Terrorism (ICAT) and Iraq 2003, the Australian Service Medal with clasp East Timor, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal and the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Australian Defence Medal, NATO Non Article 5 Medal with clasp – ISAF, UNMSET Medal. He has also been awarded the Infantry Combat Badge and Return from Active Service Badge from an earlier deployment.