Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

November 26, 2010 09:30 ET

Death of Canadian Forces Member Recognized as Afghanistan Casualty

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 26, 2010) - Following a review of the Canadian Forces' casualty policy, the Chief of the Defence Staff, General Walt Natynczyk, today announced his decision to add the name of Captain Francis (Frank) Cecil Paul to the official list of Canadian Forces (CF) casualties sustained in support of the mission in Afghanistan. Capt Paul died in Canada last February while on leave from Kandahar.

"Although his death came suddenly while on leave from his deployment in Afghanistan, he was still on duty and considered part of the mission, and therefore his death is no less important than any other CF member who served and died while in Afghanistan," said Gen Natynczyk. "It is important that his name be added to the list of fallen."

Following his death, Capt Paul was awarded the sacrifice medal and his name was added to the seventh book of remembrance. His family was also presented with the Memorial Cross. 

Following today's announcement, Capt Paul's photo has been placed on the CF's Fallen Canadians web site and a minute of silence will be observed throughout Department of National Defence and CF facilities in the National Capital Region on Monday, November 29.

Capt Paul died of natural causes in Canada while on leave from deployment on 10 February 2010. He was a member of 28 Field Ambulance in Ottawa. While deployed in operations, he was the adjutant for the health services support unit of Joint Task Force Afghanistan. The number of fallen is now established at 153. 

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Capt Paul's family has asked for members of the media to respect their privacy as they continue to grieve their loss.

A photo of Capt Paul can be found at the Fallen Canadians web site:

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