The families of two Special Air Service soldiers killed in Afghanistan were presented with the New Zealand Memorial Cross on 31st March 2012.
The Memorial Crosses were presented to the families of Corporal Doug Grant and Lance Corporal Leon Smith by Prime Minister John Key at a private ceremony at SAS headquarters at Papakura Military Camp. The medal is given to family members of personnel who lose their lives during, or as a result of, operational service outside New Zealand.
Grant was shot by the Taliban while attempting to free captives held in the British Counsel offices in Kabul on 19th August 2011. Smith was killed on 28th September 2011 after being struck by a Taliban bullet while securing a compound in Kabul.