Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

January 25, 2008 16:24 ET

Media Advisory/DND: A Fallen Soldier Returns Home

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 25, 2008) - Our fallen soldier Corporal Etienne Gonthier, 21, of 5e Regiment Genie de Combat based at Canadian Forces Base Valcartier, Quebec, is scheduled to return home to Canada on Sunday.

Where: 8 Wing Trenton, Canadian Forces Base Trenton, Ontario.
When: Sunday January 27, 2:00 p.m.
What: Media are invited to view the arrival; however no interviews will
be given.

Present to pay their respects will be Her Excellency, the Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, The Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, the Honourable Peter Gordon MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, and other dignitaries.

Cpl Gonthier was killed at approximately 1:40 p.m. Kandahar time on January 23, when the armoured vehicle he was in struck a suspected Improvised Explosive Device (IED), 35 km south-west of Kandahar City.

Note to the Editor/News Director:

CFB Trenton Public Affairs Officer, Major Isabelle Robitaille, can be reached at (613) 392-2811 ext. 4565, or at:

Inquiries regarding the deceased or the funeral ceremony may be addressed to any member of the 5 CMBG Public Affairs Office Staff at (418) 844-5000 ext. 4224.

Contact Information

  • For all other queries:
    Media Liaison Office
    For flight information:
    Air Passenger Terminal