It’s been more than three months since Cpl. James Hayward Arnal became the 88th Canadian soldier to die in Afghanistan. But as reporter Selena Hinds, photojournalist Joe Bryksa, and multimedia editor Tyler Walsh discovered, the life and death of the Winnipeg solider continues to reverberate, leaving both pain as well as promise in its wake.
MB/MB–based soldiers who have died
SGT. PRESCOTT (SCOTT) SHIPWAY, 36 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (2PPCLI), Canadian Forces Base Shilo.
Hometown: Esterhazy, Sask.
Died Sept. 7, 2008, in a roadside bomb explosion in the Panjwaii District.
CPL. ANDREW GRENON*, 23 2PPCLI, Shilo
Hometown: Windsor, Ont.
PTE. CHAD HORN*, 21 2PPCLI, Shilo
Hometown: Calgary, Alta.
CPL. MIKE SEGGIE*, 21 2PPCLI, Shilo
* All three soldiers killed Sept. 3, 2008, during a Taliban attack on their LAV–III armoured carrier.
MASTER CPL. JOSH ROBERTS, 29 2PPCLI, Shilo
Hometown: Saskatoon, Sask.
Died Aug. 9, 2008, of injuries after a firefight in the Zhari District.
CPL. JAMES HAYWARD ARNAL, 25 2PPCLI, Shilo
Died July 18, 2008, while on foot patrol in the Panjwaii District after a hidden explosive device went off.
CAPT. RICHARD LEARY, 32 2PPCLI, Shilo
Hometown: Brantford, Ont.
Died June 3, 2008, in a firefight while on foot patrol in the Panjwaii District.
PTE. TERRY JOHN STREET, 24 2PPCLI, Shilo
Hometown: Gatineau, Que.
Died April 4, 2008, after his vehicle hit an explosive device in the Panjwaii District.
SGT. JASON BOYES, 32 2PPCLI, Shilo
Hometown: Napanee, Ont.
Died of wounds sustained March 16, 2008, after an explosive device blew up in the Panjwaii District.
BOMBARDIER JéRéMIE OUELLET, 22 1st Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery (1RCHA), Shilo
Hometown: Matane, Que.
Found dead in an accommodation room March 11, 2008. Death found to be non-–combat related.
CAPT. JEFFERSON FRANCIS**, 37 1RCHA, Shilo
Hometown: Oromocto, N.B., grew up in Halifax, N.S.
PTE. LANE WATKINS**, 20 3rd Battalion, PPCLI, Edmonton, Alta.
Hometown: Clearwater, Man.
** Two of a group of six Canadian soldiers and an Afghan interpreter killed July 4, 2007, in a roadside bomb explosion west of Kandahar city.
PTE. DAVID BYERS***, 22 2PPCLI, Shilo
Hometown: Espanola, Ont.
CPL. SHANE KEATING***, 30 2PPCLI, Shilo
Hometown: Dalmeny, Sask.
CPL. KEITH MORLEY***, 30 2PPCLI, Shilo Hometown: Winnipeg
*** All three died in a suicide bomber attack Sept. 18, 2006, along with another Canadian soldier while on foot patrol in the Panjwaii District.
CPL. DAVID BRAUN, 27 2PPCLI, Shilo
Hometown: Raymore, Sask.
Killed Aug. 22, 2006, by a suicide bomber.
MASTER CPL. JEFFREY WALSH, 33 2PPCLI, Shilo
Hometown: Regina, Sask.
Died Aug. 9, 2006, when another soldier’s rifle accidentally went off while on patrol.
CAPT. NICHOLA GODDARD, 26 1RCHA, Shilo
Hometown: Calgary, Alta.
Died May 17, 2006, in a firefight in the Panjwaii District.
MASTER CPL. TIMOTHY WILSON****, 30 2PPCLI, Shilo
Hometown: Born in Grand Prairie, Alta., grew up in Langruth, Man.
CPL. PAUL DAVIS****, 28 2PPCLI, Shilo
Hometown: Bridgewater, N.S.
**** Died March 2, 2006, when their LAV–III armoured carrier collided with a taxi and rolled over.
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