Spr Matthieu Allard
1982 - 1 August 2009
Canadian soldier one of youngest to die in battle
Omar El Akkad, Globe and Mail
Kandahar — Last updated on Monday, Aug. 03, 2009 09:49AM EDT
The military has released the identity of the second soldier killed in a roadside bombing attack in Kandahar province on Saturday.
Sapper Matthieu Allard, 21, was killed after his convoy was hit with two improvised explosive devices in rapid succession while on a refuelling mission in Zhari district, about 15 kilometres west of Kandahar City. Also killed in the incident was Corporal Christian Bobbitt, 23, whose identity was released publicly on Sunday. Sapper Allard's family had asked for his name to be withheld from the public until another relative could be notified.
The two soldiers were riding in a military convoy when they hit an IED. However the first explosive did not kill or injure any soldiers. But when the men stepped out of their vehicles after the blast to inspect the area for damage and further threats, a second explosive was detonated, killing them and seriously wounding a third soldier.
Both Cpl. Bobbitt and Sapper Allard were members of the 5th Combat Engineer Regiment, based in Valcartier, Que. They had just landed in Kandahar in March, part of the 2nd Battalion, Royal 22nd Regiment – known as the Vandoos – currently serving in southern Afghanistan. They are the 127th and 128th Canadian casualties in Afghanistan since 2002, and are among the youngest Canadian military members killed in action here.
Both men were charged with the task of clearing IEDs from roadways and other parts of Kandahar. Their work was especially vital because they ensured freedom of movement not only for military personnel, but also civilians.
Sapper Allard, who at 21 was one of the youngest Canadian soldiers to die in Afghanistan, was a shy young man who nonetheless always volunteered to serve, Task Force Kandahar Commander Brigadier-General Jonathan Vance said, adding the soldier was very proud of his military team and took even the worst situations in stride, helping raise his colleagues' spirits in the process.
Major Yannick Pepin, Commander of the 51st field engineer squadron, described Sapper Allard as a team leader – someone who seemed to never stop working.
Sapper Allard leaves behind his parents, Rene and Christine. His body was flown home alongside Cpl. Bobbitt following a ramp ceremony at Kandahar airfield on Sunday afternoon.
Name of second Canadian soldier killed in Afghanistan released
CEFCOM NR–09.022 - August 3, 2009
OTTAWA – The identity of the second Canadian soldier killed in Afghanistan on August 1, 2009 is as follows:
Sapper Matthieu Allard from 5e Régiment du génie de combat serving as a member of the 2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment Battle Group based in Valcartier, Quebec.
Two Canadian soldiers killed and one injured in an explosive device strike
CEFCOM NR–09.021 - August 2, 2009
OTTAWA– Two Canadian soldiers were killed and one injured when an improvised explosive device detonated near a patrol in the Zhari District. The incident occurred approximately 15 kilometres west of Kandahar City at around 3:20 p.m., Kandahar time, on 1 August, 2009.
Killed in action was Corporal Christian Bobbitt from 5e Régiment du génie de combat serving as a member of the 2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment Battle Group based in Valcartier, Quebec. The next of kin for the second soldier killed has been notified; however, they have asked for more time to inform other family members. Until such time, the name of the second soldier will not be released.
The injured member was evacuated by helicopter to the Role 3 Multi-National Medical Facility at the Kandahar Airfield and is in stable condition. The identity of the injured member will not be released.
Our thoughts and condolences go to the family and friends of our fallen comrades.
Canadian soldiers and their ANSF partners work together for the greater good of Afghanistan. Security operations sometimes require a heavy price to be paid, but the challenge we face cannot deter us from our ultimate goal and commitment we have toward Afghans.