Portraits of the War

Remembering the Canadians lost in the Afghanistan war
My uncle, Private James Tod, was killed in Sicily in 1944. It was such a painful loss that my family almost never spoke of Uncle Jim, who was a talented aspiring artist. I learned more about him only recently when I inherited photographs and letters he sent to the family during his time in the army. They gave me a fascinating glimpse ­into his life and character, and their discovery prompted my interest in both Canada’s ­involvement in Afghanistan and the individual soldiers who have died there.

For the past three years, I have been painting portraits of our fallen Canadians. Each is executed on a six-by-five-inch birch panel. The modular nature of the series is a significant aspect of the work; in addition to being practical, it subtly acknowledges the ubiquity of war: it can conform to any location. The notion of asymmetry complements the informality shown in some of the portraits, particularly those from early in the mission. Some of these images depict soldiers in the field, hatless and sunburned. This idiosyncratic informality might also be viewed as a kind of innocence, as if they had embarked without their official army photographs having been taken, since the conflict was not supposed to be such a protracted — or deadly — one. Presented here to mark the official end of the Afghanistan combat mission are portraits of the 157 Canadians* who have died in the war.

* After The Walrus’s July-August 2011 issue went to press, two more soldiers died in Afghanistan, bringing the total number of Canadians killed to 159. Bdr. Karl Manning of the 1er Bataillon, Royal 22e Régiment was found dead on May 27, 2011, in Zangabad. Master Cpl. Francis Roy of the Canadian Special Operations Regiment was found dead on June 25, 2011, in Kandahar. Both soldiers’ portraits have been appended to this gallery.


Cpl. Ainsworth DyerCpl. Ainsworth Dyer
3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
April 18, 2002

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Pte. Richard GreenPte. Richard Green
3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
April 18, 2002

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Sgt. Marc D. LégerSgt. Marc D. Léger
3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
April 18, 2002

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Pte. Nathan SmithPte. Nathan Smith
3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
April 18, 2002

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Cpl. Robbie Christopher BeerenfengerCpl. Robbie Christopher Beerenfenger
3rd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment
October 2, 2003

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Sgt. Robert Alan ShortSgt. Robert Alan Short
3rd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment
October 2, 2003

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Cpl. Jamie Brendan MurphyCpl. Jamie Brendan Murphy
1st Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment
January 27, 2004

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Pte. Braun Scott WoodfieldPte. Braun Scott Woodfield
2nd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment
November 24, 2005

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Mr. Glyn BerryMr. Glyn Berry
Director, Foreign Affairs Canada
January 15, 2006

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Cpl. Paul DavisCpl. Paul Davis
2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
March 2, 2006

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MCpl. Timothy WilsonMCpl. Timothy Wilson
2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
March 5, 2006

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Pte. Robert CostallPte. Robert Costall
1st Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
March 29, 2006

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Cpl. Matthew David James DinningCpl. Matthew David James Dinning
1 Military Police Unit
April 22, 2006

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Bdr. Myles Stanley John MansellBdr. Myles Stanley John Mansell
5th (British Columbia) Field Artillery Regiment
April 22, 2006

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Cpl. Randy PayneCpl. Randy Payne
1 Military Police Unit
April 22, 2006

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Lt. William TurnerLt. William Turner
20th Field Artillery Regiment
April 22, 2006

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Capt. Nichola Kathleen Sarah GoddardCapt. Nichola Kathleen Sarah Goddard
1st Royal Canadian Horse Artillery
May 17, 2006

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Cpl. Anthony Joseph BonecaCpl. Anthony Joseph Boneca
Lake Superior Scottish Regiment
July 9, 2006

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Cpl. Francisco GomezCpl. Francisco Gomez
1st Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
July 22, 2006

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Cpl. Jason Patrick WarrenCpl. Jason Patrick Warren
The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada
July 22, 2006

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Pte. Kevin DallairePte. Kevin Dallaire
1st Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
August 3, 2006

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Sgt. Vaughan IngramSgt. Vaughan Ingram
1st Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
August 3, 2006

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Cpl. Bryce Jeffrey KellerCpl. Bryce Jeffrey Keller
1st Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
August 3, 2006

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Cpl. Christopher Jonathan ReidCpl. Christopher Jonathan Reid
1st Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
August 3, 2006

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MCpl. Raymond ArndtMCpl. Raymond Arndt
Loyal Edmonton Regiment
August 5, 2006

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MCpl. Jeffrey Scott WalshMCpl. Jeffrey Scott Walsh
2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
August 9, 2006

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Cpl. Andrew James EykelenboomCpl. Andrew James Eykelenboom
1st Field Ambulance
August 11, 2006

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Cpl. David BraunCpl. David Braun
2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
August 22, 2006

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Pte. William Jonathan James CushleyPte. William Jonathan James Cushley
1st Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment
September 3, 2006

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WO Frank Robert MellishWO Frank Robert Mellish
1st Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment
September 3, 2006

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WO Richard Francis NolanWO Richard Francis Nolan
1st Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment
September 3, 2006

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Sgt. Shane StachnikSgt. Shane Stachnik
2 Combat Engineer Regiment
September 3, 2006

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Pte. Mark Anthony GrahamPte. Mark Anthony Graham
1st Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment
September 4, 2006

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Cpl. Glen ArnoldCpl. Glen Arnold
2nd Field Ambulance
September 18, 2006

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Pte. David ByersPte. David Byers
2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
September 18, 2006

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Cpl. Shane KeatingCpl. Shane Keating
2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
September 18, 2006

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Cpl. Keith MorleyCpl. Keith Morley
2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
September 18, 2006

Correction: In the printed version of this gallery, Cpl. Arnold, Pte. Byers, Cpl. Keating, and Cpl. Morley were misidentified in the captions beneath their portraits. The Walrus deeply regrets the error.

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Pte. Josh KlukiePte. Josh Klukie
1st Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment
September 29, 2006

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Sgt. Craig Paul GillamSgt. Craig Paul Gillam
Royal Canadian Dragoons
October 3, 2006

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Cpl. Robert Thomas James MitchellCpl. Robert Thomas James Mitchell
Royal Canadian Dragoons
October 3, 2006

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Tpr. Mark Andrew WilsonTpr. Mark Andrew Wilson
Royal Canadian Dragoons
October 7, 2006

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Sgt. Darcy Scott TedfordSgt. Darcy Scott Tedford
1st Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment
October 14, 2006

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Pte. Blake Neil WilliamsonPte. Blake Neil Williamson
1st Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment
October 14, 2006

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CWO Robert GirouardCWO Robert Girouard
1st Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment
November 27, 2006

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Cpl. Albert StormCpl. Albert Storm
1st Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment
November 27, 2006

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Cpl. Kevin MegeneyCpl. Kevin Megeney
1st Battalion, The Nova Scotia Highlanders (North)
March 6, 2007

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Pte. David Robert GreensladePte. David Robert Greenslade
2nd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment
April 8, 2007

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Pte. Kevin Vincent KennedyPte. Kevin Vincent Kennedy
2nd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment
April 8, 2007

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Sgt. Donald LucasSgt. Donald Lucas
2nd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment
April 8, 2007

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Cpl. Brent Donald PolandCpl. Brent Donald Poland
2nd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment
April 8, 2007

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Cpl. Christopher Paul StannixCpl. Christopher Paul Stannix
Princess Louise Fusiliers
April 8, 2007

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Cpl. Aaron Edward WilliamsCpl. Aaron Edward Williams
2nd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment
April 8, 2007

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Tpr. Patrick James PentlandTpr. Patrick James Pentland
Royal Canadian Dragoons
April 11, 2007

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MCpl. Allan StewartMCpl. Allan Stewart
Royal Canadian Dragoons
April 11, 2007

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MCpl. Anthony KlumpenhouwerMCpl. Anthony Klumpenhouwer
Canadian Special Operations Forces Command
April 18, 2007

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Cpl. Matthew McCullyCpl. Matthew McCully
2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Headquarters and Signals Squadron
May 25, 2007

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MCpl. Darrell Jason PriedeMCpl. Darrell Jason Priede
Army News Team, 3 Area Support Group
May 30, 2007

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Tpr. Darryl CaswellTpr. Darryl Caswell
Royal Canadian Dragoons
June 11, 2007

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Cpl. Stephen Frederick BouzaneCpl. Stephen Frederick Bouzane
3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
June 20, 2007

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Sgt. Christos KarigiannisSgt. Christos Karigiannis
3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
June 20, 2007

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Pte. Joel WiebePte. Joel Wiebe
3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
June 20, 2007

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Cpl. Jordan AndersonCpl. Jordan Anderson
3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
July 4, 2007

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Cpl. Cole D. BartschCpl. Cole D. Bartsch
3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
July 4, 2007

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MCpl. Colin Stuart Francis BasonMCpl. Colin Stuart Francis Bason
Royal Westminster Regiment
July 4, 2007

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Capt. Matthew Johnathan DaweCapt. Matthew Johnathan Dawe
3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
July 4, 2007

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Capt. Jefferson Clifford FrancisCapt. Jefferson Clifford Francis
1st Royal Canadian Horse Artillery
July 4, 2007

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Pte. Lane William Thomas WatkinsPte. Lane William Thomas Watkins
3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
July 4, 2007

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Pte. Simon LongtinPte. Simon Longtin
3e Bataillon, Royal 22e Régiment
August 19, 2007

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MCpl. Christian DuchesneMCpl. Christian Duchesne
5th Field Ambulance
August 22, 2007

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MWO Mario MercierMWO Mario Mercier
3e Bataillon, Royal 22e Régiment
August 22, 2007

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Maj. Raymond Mark RuckpaulMaj. Raymond Mark Ruckpaul
Armoured Corps, Royal Canadian Dragoons
August 29, 2007

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Cpl. Nathan HornburgCpl. Nathan Hornburg
The King’s Own Calgary Regiment
September 24, 2007

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Pte. Frédéric CouturePte. Frédéric Couture
2e Bataillon, Royal 22e Régiment
November 14, 2007

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Cpl. Nicolas R. BeauchampCpl. Nicolas R. Beauchamp
5th Field Ambulance
November 17, 2007

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Pte. Michel Jr. LévesquePte. Michel Jr. Lévesque
3e Bataillon, Royal 22e Régiment
November 17, 2007

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Gunner Jonathan DionGunner Jonathan Dion
5e Régiment d’artillerie légère du Canada
December 30, 2007

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Cpl. Éric LabbéCpl. Éric Labbé
2e Bataillon, Royal 22e Régiment
January 6, 2008

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WO Hani MassouhWO Hani Massouh
2e Bataillon, Royal 22e Régiment
January 6, 2008

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Tpr. Richard RenaudTpr. Richard Renaud
12e Régiment blindé du Canada
January 15, 2008

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Cpl. Étienne GonthierCpl. Étienne Gonthier
5 Combat Engineer Regiment
January 23, 2008

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Tpr. Michael Y. HayakazeTpr. Michael Y. Hayakaze
Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians)
March 2, 2008

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Bdr. Jérémie OuelletBdr. Jérémie Ouellet
1st Royal Canadian Horse Artillery
March 11, 2008

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Sgt. Jason BoyesSgt. Jason Boyes
2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
March 16, 2008

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Pte. Terry John StreetPte. Terry John Street
2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
April 4, 2008

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Cpl. Michael StarkerCpl. Michael Starker
15th Field Ambulance
May 6, 2008

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Capt. Richard Steven LearyCapt. Richard Steven Leary
2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
June 3, 2008

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Capt. Jonathan Sutherland SnyderCapt. Jonathan Sutherland Snyder
1st Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
June 7, 2008

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Cpl. Brendan Anthony DowneyCpl. Brendan Anthony Downey
Canadian Forces Base Winnipeg Miltary Police, Dundurn Detachment
July 4, 2008

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Pte. Colin William WilmotPte. Colin William Wilmot
1st Field Ambulance
July 5, 2008

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Cpl. James Hayward ArnalCpl. James Hayward Arnal
2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
July 18, 2008

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MCpl. Joshua Brian RobertsMCpl. Joshua Brian Roberts
2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
August 9, 2008

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MCpl. Erin DoyleMCpl. Erin Doyle
3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
August 11, 2008

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Sgt. Shawn Allen EadesSgt. Shawn Allen Eades
1 Combat Engineer Regiment
August 20, 2008

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Spr. Stephan John StockSpr. Stephan John Stock
1 Combat Engineer Regiment
August 20, 2008

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Cpl. Dustin Roy Robert Joseph WasdenCpl. Dustin Roy Robert Joseph Wasden
1 Combat Engineer Regiment
August 20, 2008

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Cpl. Andrew Paul GrenonCpl. Andrew Paul Grenon
2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Battle Group
September 3, 2008

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Pte. Chadwick James HornPte. Chadwick James Horn
2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Battle Group
September 3, 2008

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Cpl. Michael James Alexander SeggieCpl. Michael James Alexander Seggie
2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Battle Group
September 3, 2008

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Sgt. Prescott ShipwaySgt. Prescott Shipway
2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Battle Group
September 7, 2008

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Pte. Demetrios DiplarosPte. Demetrios Diplaros
1st Batallion, Royal Canadian Regiment
December 5, 2008

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Cpl. Mark Robert McLarenCpl. Mark Robert McLaren
1st Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment
December 5, 2008

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WO Robert WilsonWO Robert Wilson
1st Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment
December 5, 2008

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Pte. John Michael Roy CurwinPte. John Michael Roy Curwin
2nd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment
December 13, 2008

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Cpl. Thomas James HamiltonCpl. Thomas James Hamilton
2nd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment
December 13, 2008

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Pte. Justin Peter JonesPte. Justin Peter Jones
2nd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment
December 13, 2008

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Pte. Michael FreemanPte. Michael Freeman
3rd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment
December 26, 2008

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Sgt. Gregory John KruseSgt. Gregory John Kruse
2 Combat Engineer Regiment, serving as a member of 3rd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group
December 27, 2008

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WO Gaétan RobergeWO Gaétan Roberge
2nd Battalion, Irish Regiment of Canada
December 27, 2008

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Tpr. Brian Richard GoodTpr. Brian Richard Good
3rd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group
January 7, 2009

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Spr. Sean David GreenfieldSpr. Sean David Greenfield
24 Field Engineer Squadron, 2 Combat Engineer Regiment, 3rd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group
January 31, 2009

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WO Dennis Raymond BrownWO Dennis Raymond Brown
Lincoln and Welland Regiment
March 3, 2009

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Cpl. Dany Olivier FortinCpl. Dany Olivier Fortin
425 Tactical Fighter Squadron, 3 Wing Bagotville
March 3, 2009

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Cpl. Kenneth Chad O'QuinnCpl. Kenneth Chad O’Quinn
2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Headquarters and Signals Squadron
March 3, 2009

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Tpr. Marc DiabTpr. Marc Diab
Royal Canadian Dragoons, 3rd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group
March 8, 2009

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Tpr. Jack BouthillierTpr. Jack Bouthillier
Royal Canadian Dragoons, 3rd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group
March 20, 2009

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Cpl. Tyler CrooksCpl. Tyler Crooks
3rd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group
March 20, 2009

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Tpr. Corey Joseph HayesTpr. Corey Joseph Hayes
Royal Canadian Dragoons, 3rd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group
March 20, 2009

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MCpl. Scott Francis VernelliMCpl. Scott Francis Vernelli
3rd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group
March 20, 2009

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Cpl. Karine BlaisCpl. Karine Blais
12e Régiment blindé du Canada, Groupment tactique, 2e Bataillon, Royal 22e Régiment
April 13, 2009

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Maj. Michelle MendesMaj. Michelle Mendes
Chief of Defence Intelligence
April 23, 2009

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Pte. Alexandre PéloquinPte. Alexandre Péloquin
3e Bataillon, Royal 22e Régiment
June 8, 2009

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Cpl. Martin DubéCpl. Martin Dubé
5 Combat Engineer Regiment
June 14, 2009

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Cpl. Nicholas BulgerCpl. Nicholas Bulger
3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
July 3, 2009

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MCpl. Charles-Philippe MichaudMCpl. Charles-Philippe Michaud
2e Bataillon, Royal 22e Régiment
July 4, 2009

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MCpl. Patrice AudetMCpl. Patrice Audet
430e Escadron tactique d’hélicoptères
July 6, 2009

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Cpl. Martin JoannetteCpl. Martin Joannette
3e Bataillon, Royal 22e Régiment
July 6, 2009

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Pte. Sébastien CourcyPte. Sébastien Courcy
2e Bataillon, Royal 22e Régiment
July 16, 2009

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Spr. Matthieu AllardSpr. Matthieu Allard
5e Régiment du génie de combat, Groupement tactique, 2e Bataillon, Royal 22e Régiment
August 1, 2009

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Cpl. Christian BobbittCpl. Christian Bobbitt
5e Régiment du génie de combat, Groupement tactique, 2e Bataillon, Royal 22e Régiment
August 1, 2009

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Cpl. Jean-François DrouinCpl. Jean-François Drouin
5e Régiment du génie de combat, Groupement tactique, 2e Bataillon, Royal 22e Régiment
September 6, 2009

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Maj. Yannick PépinMaj. Yannick Pépin
5e Régiment du génie de combat, Groupement tactique, 2e Bataillon, Royal 22e Régiment
September 6, 2009

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Pte. Patrick LormandPte. Patrick Lormand
2e Bataillon, Royal 22e Régiment
September 13, 2009

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Cpl. Jonathan CouturierCpl. Jonathan Couturier
2e Bataillon, Royal 22e Régiment
September 17, 2009

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Lt. Justin BoyesLt. Justin Boyes
3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
October 28, 2009

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Spr. Steven MarshallSpr. Steven Marshall
1 Combat Engineer Regiment
October 30, 2009

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Lt. Andrew Richard NuttallLt. Andrew Richard Nuttall
1st Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
December 23, 2009

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Pte. Garrett William ChidleyPte. Garrett William Chidley
2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
December 30, 2009

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Cpl. Zachery McCormackCpl. Zachery McCormack
Loyal Edmonton Regiment, 4th Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
December 30, 2009

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Sgt. George MiokSgt. George Miok
41 Combat Engineer Regiment
December 30, 2009

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Sgt. Kirk TaylorSgt. Kirk Taylor
84 Independent Field Battery, Royal Canadian Artillery
December 30, 2009

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Sgt. John FaughtSgt. John Faught
1st Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
January 16, 2010

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Capt. Frank PaulCapt. Frank Paul
28th Field Ambulance, Ottawa
February 10, 2010

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Cpl. Joshua Caleb BakerCpl. Joshua Caleb Baker
Loyal Edmonton Regiment, 4th Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
February 12, 2010

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Cpl. Darren James FitzpatrickCpl. Darren James Fitzpatrick
3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
March 20, 2010

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Pte. Tyler William ToddPte. Tyler William Todd
1st Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
April 11, 2010

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PO2 Second Class Craig BlakePO2 Second Class Craig Blake
Fleet Diving Unit (Atlantic)
May 3, 2010

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Pte. Kevin Thomas McKayPte. Kevin Thomas McKay
1st Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
May 13, 2010

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Col. Geoff ParkerCol. Geoff Parker
Land Forces Central Area Headquarters
May 18, 2010

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Tpr. Larry RuddTpr. Larry Rudd
Royal Canadian Dragoons
May 24, 2010

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Sgt. Martin GoudreaultSgt. Martin Goudreault
1 Combat Engineer Regiment
June 6, 2010

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Sgt. James Patrick MacNeilSgt. James Patrick MacNeil
2 Combat Engineer Regiment
June 21, 2010

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MCpl. Kristal GiesebrechtMCpl. Kristal Giesebrecht
1 Canadian Field Hospital
June 26, 2010

Correction: In the printed version of this gallery, MCpl. Giesebrecht’s unit was misidentified. The Walrus deeply regrets the error.

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Pte. Andrew MillerPte. Andrew Miller
2nd Field Ambulance
June 26, 2010

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Spr. Brian CollierSpr. Brian Collier
1 Combat Engineer Regiment
July 20, 2010

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Cpl. Brian PinksenCpl. Brian Pinksen
2nd Battalion, Royal Newfoundland Regiment
August 30, 2010

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Cpl. Steve MartinCpl. Steve Martin
3e Bataillon, Royal 22e Régiment
December 18, 2010

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Cpl. Yannick ScherrerCpl. Yannick Scherrer
1er Bataillon, Royal 22e Régiment
March 27, 2011

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Bdr. Karl Manning
1er Bataillon, Royal 22e Régiment
May 27, 2011

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MCpl. Francis Roy
Canadian Special Operations Regiment
June 25, 2011

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Bennett JonesThis special section honouring our fallen soldiers is sponsored by Bennett Jones.

Joanne Tod is represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Musée d’Art contemporain de Montréal.

19 comment(s)

Kathleen AllenJune 18, 2011 21:20 EST

Nice portraits.
I just watched John Pilger's doc "The War You Don't See". Lots of pictures of dead Afghanistan civilians. How about painting the victims of "our" guys? The have faces too, But they weren't armed like our guys were. Just innocent people bombed, occupied and ignored by the media and by we, the Canadian people and their artists.

A pox on you.

Chris K.June 20, 2011 06:01 EST

Kathleen, that is an absolutely disgusting comment.

How dare you show such disrespect to our war dead.

Ingrid WalkerJune 20, 2011 06:01 EST

Madam,

While I understand and commend your desire to see the victims of both sides of this war recognized, I find it churlish of you to wish "a pox" on someone who was simply trying to pay homage to the men and women who have died while serving in the Forces in Afghanistan. What an artist chooses to render is their own choice. Perhaps, instead of vilifying the artist, you could instead choose to cast your scathing indictment on a more appropriate target. There are many out there, all ripe for the choosing.

Cursing someone for their art, when it is the politics of the situation that created a subject for their art that you have a problem with, is somewhat disingenuous.

Ted K.June 20, 2011 07:55 EST

Kathleen, you have my pity. I cannot even say a pox on you. That would be insulting to pox everywhere.

AnonymousJune 21, 2011 05:32 EST

Kristal's unit was 1 Canadian Field Hospital (Petawawa) and not 1 Field Ambulance (Edmonton). I am not sure that sketching a military-released photograph is really painting portraits. Doesn't an artist attempt get to know the subject when painting a true portrait?

MaryJune 21, 2011 13:05 EST

Very good portraits, Mr. Glyn Barry is the most realistic, I think.

MaggieJune 28, 2011 12:19 EST

Kathleen - do you know who else isn't pictured here? The families of each and every one of these soldiers, people who lost someone dear to them in a horrific way. You imply that you care about the human face of war, the people affected, but I hardly think that's true. Your comment was disrespectful to the dead and those who cared about them. Your opinions on the war, on what we do over there, they don't belong here. Right or wrong, these people died during war and whether you agree with said war or not, they deserve respect.
Don't lay your plithy comments and politicized anger at the feet of these men or the artist. What the artist has done is paid homage to dead men and women, and the people who will remember them.

This is a stunning, poignantly honest work and I am glad to see the Walrus showcase it.

Vanessa A.July 03, 2011 18:17 EST

A friend of mine, Shane Keating, is portrayed here along with his friend Keith Morley. A couple of weeks before Shane died, he called me and said that for the first time while on tour, he was scared. I naively told him to hide somewhere on the base until it was all over... clearly, he didn't hide from his duties and the war wouldn't be over until many, many more lives were lost.

Recently, I went to my local bookstore (McNally Robinson in Winnipeg) and reviewed this article in print. Unfortunately, the print edition does not have the correct names under Shane Keating's or Keith Morley's portraits (see page 37 of the Walrus July/August 2011 issue).

If there are any steps you can take to correct this mistake and make sure no others were made, I beg you to please take them. Thank you.

The WalrusJuly 04, 2011 11:02 EST

Dear Vanessa,

Thanks for your note. We deeply regret the error, which has been corrected in the online version of this gallery, and will be printing a correction note in our next print issue as well.

Sincerely,

The Walrus

MemoriesOfFallenJuly 07, 2011 11:50 EST

We Thank them for their ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom!

We will remember them!

tortilJuly 13, 2011 11:37 EST

Don't curse "our" guys, their grieving families, or the artists who honour them. If you must wish poxes on people, curse the politicians who sent our soldiers into Afghanistan in the first place. Where was your pox ten years ago, when the decision was made?

Many Afghan civilians were killed by their own countrymen - armed civilians, seeking as many casualties as possible. Our guys were not killed by enemy soldiers. They were killed by armed civilians too.

It takes a lot of courage to face a battle like that. Shane Keating, Keith Morley, Glen Arnold, and David Byers had the courage and lost their lives.
This artist took three years to paint a copy of their official army photographs, and didn't bother to take 5 minutes to make sure she got their names right. Why bother?

The WalrusJuly 13, 2011 11:44 EST

Dear Tortil,

The naming errors happened during production of our July/August 2011 issue. The mistakes are ours, not the artist's. We will be printing a formal correction notice in our September 2011 issue.

Sincerely,

The Walrus

Lorenzo ClarkeJuly 25, 2011 18:56 EST

This post is directed to Kathleen ~your comments are a disgrace to the men and woman of CANADA and GB~USA and other countrys who have given their lives so you can live in FREEDOOM ~maybe you forgot what happened on 9/11 in New York ~or maybe you would like to go and live in Afganstan where women are treated like dirt~and school teachers are killed simply for teaching kids,So Kathleen Dont forget the innocent People who were BOMBED on 9/11.

Patricia Bray RopohlSeptember 28, 2011 09:24 EST

Joanne Todd has done an amazingly beautiful, sensitive and personal homage to these men & women of the Canadian Forces. And no, you don't have to know the subject to paint a portrait.
With each painting, she was able to connect and render a wonderful acknowledgement to someone she had never pet.

Geoff HillierNovember 10, 2011 09:14 EST

Some time has passed since the last comment (Ropohl) but I must tell you that having discovered the article recently (at the doctor\\\\\\\'s office!) I was very moved. Councillor Kenny Podmore (Sidney, BC) has each year placed a cross for each of the fallen Canadians of the Afghan conflict in front of Sgt. Patrick Towers Plaque on the Sidney Waterfront lest they be forgotten.
Many Canadians have relatives and friends who have served with the Canadian Forces, and given their lives, so that the world may ultimately be a better place for all peoples. As Canadians we should be proud of their service to humanity and the international reverence that they have provided for Canada through their efforts.

Mike BennettDecember 16, 2011 13:34 EST

What a fantastic tribute to OUR Fallen! Thanks for sharing this site.

AnonymousMarch 03, 2012 14:17 EST

March 2nd 2012.Those of you that write anything negative about these portraits should truly get a slap. Give your silly little heads a shake & remember why YOU are still here. We had soldiers that have lost their lives for you to have one. Oh... Kethleen by the way look up the word RESPECT I don't think you quite get what it means.... However you can't be that dumb since you know the meaning of DISRESPECT.

MadelieneJune 20, 2012 11:23 EST

Thank you to Joanne Tod for the very poignant, thoughtful, respectful tribute to the Canadian heroes who have lost their lives in the conflict in Afghanistan. The portraits were beautifully rendered and help viewers and readers to honor those who sacrificed their lives, paying the ultimate price to restore civil society, which many of our entitled, privileged citizens take for granted from their comfy armchairs. Bravo!

Airborne1August 26, 2012 20:54 EST

Vraiment bien cette représentation, je vous en remerci les souvenirs ne meurt jamais. Je m'en souviens 3r22r.

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