Australian SAS Sergeant Blaine Diddams was killed during an engagement with insurgents on operations in Afghanistan on 2 July 2012.
Sergeant Diddams was a member of the Special Operations Task Group and was from the Perth-based Special Air Service Regiment. He was employed as a Special Air Service Regiment Patrol Commander.
Sergeant Diddams was born in Canberra in 1971. He enlisted in the Army in April 1990 and after completing his initial training for infantry was posted to the 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment in Townsville, Queensland in November 1990.
He was posted to the Special Air Service Regiment in 1995 after successfully completing his Special Air Service Regiment selection course. This was his seventh tour to Afghanistan since 2001, although he had deployed previously on four occasions to Somalia, East Timor and the Solomon Islands.
He leaves his wife Toni-Ann, their daughter Elle-Lou and son Henry, his parents Peter and Cate, and siblings Nikki, Sian, Christian and Luke.