30-year-old Lance Corporal Mervyn John McDonald, serving with the Australian 2nd Commando Regiment, was one of two soldiers killed when an ISAF helicopter crashed in Helmand during an operation on 30th August 2012.
He was born in Carnarvon, Western Australia in 1982. After joining the Army in May 1999, he was posted to the 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (1 RAR). On completion of his Selection and Training Course and Reinforcement Cycle, Lance Corporal McDonald was posted to the then 4th Battalion (Commando), The Royal Australian Regiment, now the 2nd Commando Regiment, in August 2008.
Lance Corporal McDonald was quick witted and brought a positive energy to both his unit comrades and all those who served with him. A dedicated and enthusiastic professional soldier, he was always willing to come forward with ideas and solutions. He was a highly professional soldier, but his quiet nature and humility meant he always deflected credit back on to fellow members of his Company.
This was his sixth tour to Afghanistan. Lance Corporal McDonald is survived by his fiancée Rachael, his mother Myrna and stepfather Bernie, and brothers Percy, Roger and Gary.