Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

October 11, 2006 15:16 ET

Media Advisory/DND: Interment Ceremony of Corporal Robert Mitchell

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 11, 2006) - The interment ceremony of Cpl Robert Thomas James Mitchell of the Royal Canadian Dragoons, based in Petawawa, will be held October 13, 2006 at 2 p.m. at the Beechwood National Military Cemetery of the Canadian Forces, 280 Beechwood Avenue, Ottawa.

As per the request of the families, media may attend to view the ceremony, though no interviews will be given.

Cpl Mitchell and Sgt Craig Gillam were killed when they came under attack by mortars, rocket propelled grenades and small arms fire in the Panjawyi district, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. The incident occurred on October 3, 2006 about 25 km west of Kandahar City.

NOTE TO THE EDITOR: Appropriate civilian attire for a formal funeral is advised. A media pool is in effect due to space limitations in the immediate area of the ceremonies. The National Press Gallery is coordinating the media pool and will share their material with all requesting agencies. Please contact Mr John Waterfield, (613) 992-6517 in advance of the ceremony to be part of the pool.

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