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Ben Roberts Smith 10 Personal Facts, Biography, Wiki
Born: November 1, 1978 (age 42 years), Perth, Australia
Height: 2.02 m
Spouse: Emma Roberts-Smith
Battles/wars: International Force East Timor; War in Afghanistan; Iraq War
Years of service: 1996–2015
Units: 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (1997–1903), Special Air Service Regiment (2003–2013)
Roberts-Smith is married to Emma and they have twin daughters, Eve and Elizabeth, who were aged five months at the time of Roberts-Smith being awarded the Victoria Cross for Australia.
He is a member of the Hale School class of 1995.
Roberts-Smith was named the new number-one ticket holder of Fremantle Football Club in March 2012.
He is the son of Major General Len Roberts-Smith, RFD, QC, the former Commissioner of the Corruption and Crime Commission of Western Australia and a former Justice of the Supreme Court of Western Australia, and Sue Roberts-Smith.
His brother, Sam, is an opera singer who graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
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Roberts-Smith is and has been separated from his wife (née Groom) on different occasions.
Their twin daughters were born in 2010.
He was named 2013 Australian Father of the Year by The Shepherd Centre, a not-for-profit charitable organisation.
From 2012–2015, Roberts-Smith was named the number-one ticket holder of the Fremantle Dockers (AFL) football club in Western Australia.
On retirement from the army, Roberts-Smith moved to Queensland with his wife and daughters.
In November 2020, Roberts-Smith’s Sunshine Coast, Queensland hinterland estate was listed for auction on 19 December, but was placed under contract sooner.
The couple had purchased the property in 2015.
They said “Unfortunately due to changes in our employment, lifestyle and our children’s school, the time is right for us to move back to Brisbane and to sell.”
Roberts-Smith had already moved to Brisbane.
Moreover, he had drawn $1.9 million on the repayable facility to which Kerry Stokes’ private investment company Australian Capital Equity (ACE) has extended him a line of credit, especially in relation to his ongoing defamation claim.
Stokes and another director of ACE are also on the board of the Australian War Memorial (AWM), which could be viewed as a conflict of interest.
Calls have been made for Stokes, as AWM chairman, to stand down over his public and private support for soldiers accused of war crimes in Afghanistan.
Ben Roberts-Smith VC MG was born in Perth, Western Ausralia, on November 1, 1978. Enlisted in the Australian Army in 1996.
Joined the Special Air Service (SAS) Regiment in 2003. Has served in East Timor, Fiji, Iraq and Afghanistan (three tours of duty in 2006, 2009 and 2010).
Awarded the Medal for Gallantry in 2006 for his actions in Oruzgan Province in May 2006; awarded the Victoria Cross for his conspicuous gallantry in circumstances of extreme peril during an engagement in Kandahar Province in June 2010.
Until he retired from the regular army on 2 October, he was the most decorated soldier currently serving in the Australian armed services.
Married to Emma, father of twin daughters Eve and Elizabeth, this year’s Australian Father of the Year, Roberts-Smith is also No 1 Ticket Holder of the Fremantle Football Club – you can’t win them all.