Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Soldier with possible Rupert connections is the latest military casualty in Afghanistan

For some in Prince Rupert, the war in Afghanistan may have hit a little closer to home today, as the Department of Defence announced the death of Lieutenant Andrew Richard Nuttall, who was killed in the line of duty on Wednesday.

Some media reports have advised that Lt. Nuttall had connections with the Prince Rupert area, though the timeline of that connection is not reported in detail, his family now lives in Victoria and he attended university in that city, prior to his enlistment with the Canadian Army and his attachment to the Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry Regiment based out of Edmonton.

He was killed when he and an Afghan National Army member and an interpreter were caught in the blast of an improvised explosive device, both Lt. Nuttall and the Afghan Army member were killed in the blast, the interpreter was injured in the incident.

Lt. Nuttall's death marks the 134th Canadian to be killed during this nation's time of service in Afghanistan which began in 2002.

A number of news items have been posted thus far, many of which outline his commitment to his task in Afghanistan, an offering of service that seems to follow a pattern of family involvement in helping those of developing nations, his parents Dr. Richard and Ethel Jane Nuttal were heavily involved in the Victoria based, Friends of Africa organization.
Below we have provided some of the news reports and official notices of condolence upon his death.
Department of Defence Announcement
Statement from the Minister of Defence
Message of Condolence from the Governor General
Vancouver Sun-- Slain Victoria soldier remembered for passion, leadership as journey home begins
Vancouver Province-- Victoria soldier killed in Afghanistan
Victoria Times Colonist-- Soldier from Victoria killed in Afghanistan
CBC News-- Canadian soldier killed in Afghanistan
Globe and Mail-- Canadian soldier killed by roadside bomb in Afghanistan
Global BC-- Victoria-based soldier 134th to die in Afghanistan
CTV News-- Canadian soldier killed by IED in south Afghanistan
Ottawa Sun-- Afghan blast kills Canadian soldier
Canadian Press-- Canadian death toll in Afghan mission: 134 soldiers, 1 diplomat
Department of Defence roll call of Fallen Canadians in Afghanistan

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