Mathew Ricky Andrew (Hoppy) HOPKINS

HOPKINS, Mathew Ricky Andrew

Service Number: 8501535
Enlisted: 28 March 2005, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 7th Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment (7RAR)
Born: Christchurch, New Zealand, 27 August 1987
Home Town: Sydney, City of Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Soldier
Died: Killed in Action, Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan, 16 March 2009, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Adelaide Pathway of Honour - 7th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment , Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Geraldton Afghanistan Honour Roll, 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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28 Mar 2005: Enlisted Australian Army (Post WW2), Private, 8501535, Brisbane, Queensland
16 Mar 2009: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Corporal, 8501535, 7th Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment (7RAR)

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Corporal Hopkins enlisted in the Australian Regular Army on 28 March 2005. After completing Recruit training he was allocated to the Royal Australian Infantry Corps. He was posted to the School of Infantry where he qualified as a rifleman after completing his Initial Employment Training on 9 September 2005.

He was posted to the 5/7th Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment with effect 10 September 2005, where he fulfilled a number of junior soldier roles and qualified as a M113 Crewman Driver.

Corporal Hopkins deployed to Afghanistan on Operation Slipper within 1st Reconstruction Task Force from November 2006 to April 2007. His military decorations include the Australian Active Service Medal with International Coalition Against Terrorism (ICAT) clasp, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, NATO International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Medal and Infantry Combat Badge..." - READ MORE LINK (