Family, friends and fellow soldiers have gathered on the Gold Coast to farewell Corporal Cameron Baird, killed in action in Afghanistan last month.

Corporal Baird, 32, a Commando serving with the Special Operations Task Group, died when he was hit by enemy fire during a clash with insurgents. He was the 40th Australian soldier to die in Afghanistan.

At his funeral service, 2nd Commando Regiment commanding officer Lieutenant Colonel B - who can be identified only by initial - described him as a soldier who led from the front.

"Today we honour Cam, we remember him and we thank him for all that he has given and all that he has shared with us over the years," he told the service at the Reedy Creek Baptist Church on Friday.

"Conspicuous gallantry, composure and leadership under fire reads the citation for his Medal for Gallantry, and this is how his team mates described his actions every time he went out on an operation."

Corporal Baird is survived by his parents, brother and his partner.

The service was attended by the Defence force chief General David Hurley, Army chief Lieutenant General David Morrison and Special Operations Commander Major General Gus Gilmore.

Corporal Baird was an experienced Special Forces soldier on his fifth deployment to Afghanistan. He had also served in Iraq and East Timor.

He was awarded the Medal for Gallantry for bravery in Afghanistan in 2007.


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