William H.A. Willbond MSM, CD

THE FALLEN EIGHTY THREE

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