Our 2014 Australian Knight

Every Australia Day, staff at The Knight recognise a worthy recipient(s), for our ‘Australian Knight’ award, who has demonstrated qualities that personify those of a Knight. 

This year, we wish to acknowledge Corporal Benjamin Roberts-Smith VC MG as an Australian hero for his courage, bravery and heroism whilst serving Australia in the  Army Defence Force; our Australian of the Year, our Australian Knight. 

Click here to view our 2014 Australia Day Card

The Knight donated $10,000 to the White Cloud Foundation

Benjamin Roberts-Smith’s Bio

“Remember the Australian soldiers who put their hands up willingly… remember they are the heroes, they are the ones who gave the
ultimate sacrifice.” 
– Benjamin Roberts-Smith

Benjamin “Ben” Roberts-Smith VC MG (born 1st November 1978) is a former Australian soldier, serving his country for 17 years in the Army Defence Force, and a recipient of the Victoria Cross for Australia, the highest award in the Australian honours system. At the time, his Victoria Cross, together with his Medal for Gallantry, (awarded during a tour of Afghanistan in 2006), made Ben the most highly decorated current serving member of any of the Commonwealth defence forces.

Ben was on his fifth tour in Afghanistan, 11 June 2010 where he was involved in his Victoria Cross action. During a mission to hunt for a senior Taliban commander, in the Kandahar province, Ben took part in an assault against an enemy fortification, exposing his own position in order to draw fire away from members of his patrol who were pinned down.

Fighting at close range, he stormed two enemy machine-gun posts and silenced them. Ben joined the Army at 17, and the elite SASR in 2003 after passing the Regiment’s arduous 20-day selection course known as the Cadre. In his 9 years with the Regiment, he has served overseas many times: twice in East Timor, once in Fiji and Iraq, and five times in Afghanistan.

Away from the battlefield, Ben and his wife, Emma, tried for more than 6 years to have children through IVF. Facing financial and emotional burdens, they have been blessed with twin daughters, Eve and Elizabeth.

Going through these tough times on and off the battlefields, Ben shows his support as the Patron of The White Cloud Foundation and also sits on the Board of Directors to help people, families and carers living with depression.

The White Cloud Foundation is a new charity which aims to create early intervention/prevention treatment centers nation wide so people who live with depression can access early support and strategies to deal with their battle on a day to day basis.

A million Australians suffer depression every year.