William H.A. Willbond MSM, CD


They lay down their lives to keep Afghanistan free
Back here in Canada they protect you and me
If you pause for a moment then you’ll have to agree
They paid a high price, these gallant eighty three

My dad fought in WW2-Great Great Gramps fought in Crimea
Ken Umpherville and Murray Edwards they fought in Korea
My grand dad he fought in the 1st Afghan War
With the Royal Irish Rifles – the Infantry Corps

When I read the newspaper and the Trenton pictures I see
It brings home the great sacrifice of these gallant eighty three
Like all of our brave warriors who went on before
Lets honour these eighty three fallen – it’s Canada’s war!

Canada’s 83rd Fallen Soldier Returned From Afghanistan

Cpl. Michael Gunter Starker returns home
Casket carrying Cpl. Michael Gunter Starker arrives at Canadian Forces Base Trenton yesterday. Starker, a member of 15 Field Ambulance based in Edmonton, was killed May 6. Photo: Fred Thornhill, Reuters
TRENTON, Ont. — The body of Canada’s latest fallen soldier, who died in an ambush in Afghanistan earlier this week, returned home yesterday.

The remains of Cpl. Michael Starker, a 36-year-old reservist from Calgary, arrived at Canadian Forces Base Trenton in Ontario at 2 p. m.

After pallbearers loaded the coffin into a waiting hearse, Starker’s wife and family approached it with single roses in their hands.

Starker, who worked as a paramedic with Calgary EMS, was killed Tuesday while on patrol in the Pashmul region of the Zhan district after his unit was ambushed. He was a member of the 15 Field Ambulance. Another soldier was injured in the attack.

Starker was a former sniper and commando with the Canadian Airborne Regiment before starting his career as a paramedic.

A public funeral is being planned for Starker in Calgary. He was the 83rd Canadian soldier to die in Afghanistan. — CNS