While serving in Afghanistan with the 2nd Commando Regiment, Thomlinson’s life was changed forever.
In April 2009, whilst on night patrol in Southern Afghanistan, Damien’s unit drove over an improvised Taliban bomb. Damien suffered horrendous injuries in the explosion, which resulted in both of his legs being amputated.
Damien threw himself into his rehabilitation and set about re-claiming his life. He has participated in the TARGA Tasmania classic car rally, and has walked the demanding Kokoda Track.
A keen surfer prior to his injuries, Damien now regularly snowboards on his two prosthetic legs.
Studying acting as part of his rehabilitation, Damien is part of the ensemble cast of Hacksaw Ridge, a Hollywood blockbuster to be released in early November.
His autobiography Without Warning is a bestseller.