Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

July 07, 2007 11:47 ET

Media Advisory: Fallen Soldiers Returning Home

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 7, 2007) - Our fallen soldiers, Capt. Matthew Dawe, Cpl. Jordan Anderson, Pte. Lane Watkins and Pte. Cole Bartsch, members of the 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (3 PPCLI), based at Canadian Forces Base Edmonton, along with Capt. Jefferson Francis a member of the 1st Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, based at CFB Shilo, and Master Cpl. Colin Bason, a reservist from The Royal Westminster Regiment, based in New Westminster, B.C., are scheduled to return home to Canada tomorrow.

Where: 8 Wing Trenton, Canadian Forces Base Trenton, Ontario.
When: Sunday, July 8, 5:15 p.m.
What: At the wishes of the families, media are not invited to view
the arrival from the tarmac, and no interviews will be given.

Present to pay their respects will be The Minister of National Defence, Gordon O'Connor, and other dignitaries.

The soldiers were killed when their RG-31 vehicle struck a suspected improvised explosive device approximately 20 km southwest of Kandahar City. An Afghan interpreter was also killed in the blast. The incident occurred while the soldiers were returning from conducting joint patrol operations with the Afghan National Army.

Note to the Editor/News Director:

Questions may be directed to Capt. Nicole Meszaros, 8 Wing/CFB Trenton Public Affairs Officer, who can be reached at (613) 392-2811 ext. 2041, mobile (613) 391-5233 or at:

For flight information, contact the Air Passenger Terminal at 1-800-487-1186.

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