Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

December 15, 2008 12:12 ET

Media Advisory: Our Fallen Soldiers Returns Home

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 15, 2008) - Our fallen soldiers, Corporal Thomas James Hamilton, Private John Michael Roy Curwin, and Private Justin Peter Jones, all from 2nd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment based at CFB Gagetown, New Brunswick, will return home to Canada on Tuesday, December 16, 2008.

Where: 8 Wing, Canadian Forces Base Trenton, Ontario.

When: Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 12:00 p.m.

What: At the wishes of the families, media will be permitted
on the tarmac.

Present to pay their respects will be Her Excellency The Governor General of Canada, the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Minister of National Defence, the Honourable Peter MacKay, Chief of Defence Staff, General Walt Natynczyk and other dignitaries.

The three soldiers, members of the Force Protection Company of the Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team, were killed and one other soldier was injured when an improvised explosive device detonated near an armoured vehicle during a patrol in the Arghandab District. The incident occurred approximately 14 kilometers west of Kandahar City at about 9:00 a.m., Kandahar time, on 13 December 2008.

Note to Editors/News Directors:

Interested media may contact Captain Mark Peebles, 8 Wing/CFB Trenton Public Affairs Officer, who can be reached at (613) 392-2811, ext. 2041, or at:

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