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Our Fallen


Died Post Service, Australia, 2015

The black Labrador-cross had been declared missing in action following a battle with the Taliban that left nine soldiers wounded, including her handler. A rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) had exploded close to Sarbi, breaking the clip that attached her lead to her handler's body armour.

At the time of her disappearance Sarbi was coming to the end of her second tour of duty in Afghanistan, having previously deployed to Oruzgan in 2007.

Sarbi had also deployed with the Incident Response Regiment (IRR) during the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in 2006.

Sarbi was found 14 months after she disappeared by a US patrol and returned to Australia to be with her handler. Sarbi was awarded the Purple Cross by the RSPCA.

Sarbi was retired on her return to Australia and passed away in 2015. She was preserved and is now in a permanent display at the Australian War Memorial

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