Sturdee Road rest area is 11km SE of Kojonup or 92km of Mt Barker , just off the highway among a few trees. Drive up Sturdee Road and experience some beautiful scenic farmland with views
The service and sacrifice of Western Australia's Victoria Cross ( the highest award in the Australian honours system) and George Cross recipients will be remembered in perpetuity with each recipient being commemorated at highway rest stops south of Perth.
The plaque at the Sturdee Road rest stop commemorates Corporal Ben Roberts - Smith who was a recipient of the Victoria Cross for his actions during the conflict in Afghanistan. The plaque is part of the Commemoration Way Project which honours Western Australian recipients of the Victoria Cross and George Cross.
Roberts-Smith was awarded the VC for his actions during a helicopter assault into Tizak on 11 June 2010 as part of an offensive in the Shah Wali Kot region while serving with the Special Air Service Regiment in Afghanistan. The medal, together with his Medal for Gallantry awarded during a tour of Afghanistan in 2006, made Roberts-Smith the most highly decorated member of the Australian Defence Force