New Zealand Infantry Lance Corporal Rory Malone was one of two soldiers killed during a gun battle with enemy forces in Bamiyan province on 4th August 2012.
26-year-old L-Cpl. Malone joined the Army Reserve Force in November 2002 and transferred to the Regular Force as a Rifleman in September 2005 and was posted to 2nd/1st Battalion Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment (2/1 RNZIR), based in Burnham. He was promoted to Lance Corporal in July 2011. He had previously deployed to Timor-Leste in 2006 and again in 2007.
L-Cpl. Malone, from Auckland, was on his first deployment to Afghanistan. He died while helping his company commander who was one of six soldiers injured during the incident.
According to New Zealand's 3News channel, "L-Cpl Malone is the great-great-grandson of Lt Col William Malone, the famed World War 1 commander of the Wellington Battalion who was killed at Chunuk Bair."
The other New Zealander killed in the same incident was Lance Corporal Pralli Durrer.