Michael Kenneth Housdan FUSSELL

FUSSELL, Michael Kenneth Housdan

Service Number: 8227988
Enlisted: 2 January 2002
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 4th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (4RAR)
Born: Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, 17 November 1983
Home Town: Not yet discovered
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Soldier
Died: Killed in Action, Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan, 27 November 2008, aged 25 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, New South Wales Garden of Remembrance (Rookwood Necropolis), Sale RSL Afghanistan Honour Roll, Two Wells Afghanistan War Memorial, Yungaburra Afghanistan Avenue of Honour
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Afghanistan Service

2 Jan 2002: Enlisted Australian Army (Post WW2), Private
27 Nov 2008: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Lieutenant, 8227988, 4th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (4RAR)

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Lieutenant Michael Fussell was born on 17 November, 1983 at Coffs Harbour, New South Wales.

Lieutenant Fussell enlisted in the Australian Army January 2002 and was appointed as an Officer Cadet at the Australian Defence Force Academy. He completed a Bachelor of Arts and was a keen sportsman, with a strong interest in rugby.

He attended Royal Military College, Duntroon in 2005, commissioning in December 2005 into the Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery. On graduation he was posted to ‘A’ Field Battery, 4th Field Regiment, where he fulfilled a number of junior officer roles.

During his time at ‘A’ Field Battery he qualified as a paratrooper. He also deployed to East Timor on Operation Astute in 2006 and 2007.

Lieutenant Fussell was posted to 4 RAR (Commando) in January 2008 as a Joint Offensive Support Team Commander. He was a Platoon Commander for the Advance Infantry Course at Singleton and completed the Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTAC) course.

Lieutenant Fussell’s military decorations include the Australian Active Service Medal with clasp International Campaign Against Terrorism (ICAT), the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Australian Service Medal clasp, Timor-Leste and the Australian Defence Medal.

Michael leaves behind two loving parents, his younger brother Daniel and two younger foster sisters Nikki and Nyah. His brother Daniel is a Lieutenant with 1st Field Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery (RAA) in Brisbane.