To Honour Canada's Military


Canadian Forces CF (Canadian Forces)


The Canadian Forces have derived many of their traditions and symbols from the military, navy and air force of the United Kingdom, including those with royal elements. Contemporary icons and rituals, however, have evolved to include elements reflective of Canada and the Canadian monarchy.
ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) ISAF (International Security Assistance Force)
Motto: Assistance and Cooperation

The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) was a NATO-led security mission in Afghanistan, established by the United Nations Security Council in December 2001 by Resolution 1386, as envisaged by the Bonn Agreement. Its main purpose was to train the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) and assist Afghanistan in rebuilding key government institutions, but was also engaged in the 2001–present war with the Taliban insurgency.
Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry


Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) is one of the three Regular Force infantry regiments of the Canadian Army of the Canadian Armed Forces. It is named for Princess Patricia of Connaught, then daughter of the Governor General of Canada. The regiment is composed of four battalions including a Primary Reserve battalion, for a total of 2,000 soldiers. The PPCLI is the main lodger unit of Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Edmonton in Alberta and CFB Shilo in Manitoba, and attached to 3rd Canadian Division; as such it serves as the "local" regular infantry regiment for much of Western Canada. The Loyal Edmonton Regiment (LER), a Reserve Force battalion, is affiliated with the PPCLI but is not formally part of it. As part of this affiliation, the LER carries the designation '4th Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry'. The regiment is a ceremonial structure, and the four battalions are independent operational entities, under the 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (1 CMBG) for the Regular Force and the 41 Canadian Brigade Group (41 CBG) for the Primary Reserve. Although the regiment carries the designation of 'light infantry', two of its battalions are mechanized infantry, and the unit has never been organized as a traditional light infantry regiment.

Battle Honours
Afghanistan
Pte Chidley Garrett William
Rank: Private Pte
Service Number: H71 653 211
Born: Mar 22, 1988 Cambridge, Ontario
Discharged: Killed In Action

Served In: Afghanistan
Service: CF (Canadian Forces)
Battle Group: ISAF (International Security Assistance Force)
Regiment: Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry
Service Details :
2nd Battalion


Sacrifice Medal (SM)
The Sacrifice Medal was created in the context of increased casualties in overseas operations to fulfill the desire of Canadians and the Government to provide formal recognition, through the award of an official medal emanating from the Crown, to those who die as a result of military service or are wounded by hostile action. This honour replaces the Wound Stripe
The Medal may be awarded to members of the Canadian Forces, members of an allied force working as an integral part of the Canadian Forces such as exchange personnel, civilian employees of the Government of Canada or Canadian citizens under contract with the Government of Canada, on the condition that they were deployed as part of a military mission under the authority of the Canadian Forces, that have, on or after October 7, 2001, died or been wounded under honourable circumstances as a direct result of hostile action on the condition that the wounds that were sustained required treatment by a physician and the treatment has been documented.
The Medal may also be awarded posthumously to any member of the Canadian Forces who served on or after 7 October 2001 in the Regular Force, Primary Reserve, Cadet Organizations Administration and Training Service or Canadian Rangers, or any member of the Supplementary Reserve who served in or with one of the components aforementioned on or after 7 October 2001, and dies under honourable circumstances as a result of an injury or disease related to military service.
When a death is obviously related to service, the SM will be issued immediately. When the cause of death is not clear, the SM will only be issued once Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) has officially determined that the death was related to military service, in such a case, delays are to be expected before the SM can be awarded.
General Campaign Star – SOUTH-WEST ASIA (GCS-SWA)
This general service award has been created as a means to recognize - in a timelier manner - those who serve in operations in the presence of an armed enemy. Rather than creating a new honour for each new Canadian Forces operation as it arises, the General Campaign Star and General Service Medal - with their theatre or service specific ribbons - can be awarded in future to honour participation in any operation that meets the criteria. The General Campaign Star (GCS) is awarded to members of the Canadian Forces and members of allied forces working with the Canadian Forces who deploy into a defined theatre of operations to take part in operations in the presence of an armed enemy.
The GCS is always issued with a ribbon specific to the theatre or type of service being recognized, and each ribbon has its own criteria.
The GCS with South-West Asia ribbon is awarded to Canadian Forces members and members of allied forces working with the Canadian Forces who served either:
with the Canadian contribution to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan for at least 30 days cumulative between 24 April 2003 and 31 July 2009, in the theatre of operations which consisted of the political boundaries and airspace of Afghanistan; and/or in the theatre of operations consisting of the political boundaries of Afghanistan, the Persian Gulf, the Gulf of Oman, the Gulf of Aden, the Red Sea, the Suez Canal and those parts of the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea that are west of sixty-eight degrees East longitude and north of five degrees South latitude, as well as the airspace above those areas for at least 30 cumulative days commencing on August 1, 2009, provided that the service has not been recognized by another service medal.

Service Notes: Born in Cambridge, ON Pte Chidley grew up in Langley, BC and started flying lessons at age 14. He joined the military reserves after high school in 2006 and was on his first overseas tour of duty. Lauded for his likeable demeanor and strong work ethic, he was described as a great driver and a soldier ready for difficult tasks. He could always beat his friends and fellow soldiers at video games. Close to his family, he was also excited at the prospect of becoming an uncle in the new year. His heartbroken father said Garrett was "proud and happy to go to Afghanistan. He worked hard to get there. He was proud of his buddies, proud of what he was up to".
Enlisted: December 21, 2006 Shiloh, Manitoba
Pre/Post War: Garrett was born in Cambridge, Ontario, but was raised in Langley from the age of three months. He attended Belmont Elementary School and graduated from Langley Senior Secondary School in 2006. As a child, Garrett used to enjoy fishing in Ontario with his father, Cam, and grandfather, Murray. He loved to talk with his granddad Lyn about history. He adored his cats and loved to play video games. Garrett was very technically minded. When he was 14 years old, his father signed him up for flying lessons, and at the age of 15 he completed his first solo flight. A few months after high school, Garrett decided to join the military, and he was so proud to be accepted. He went off to Borden to complete his Basic Military Qualification, where he graduated in April 2007, receiving an award for top marksman. After BMQ, he was posted to Shilo, Manitoba.

Deceased: December 30, 2009 at Kandahar City, Afghanistan
Cemetery Victory Memorial Park Surrey,
Obituary: Pte. Garrett William Chidley, 21, of Langley, B.C. was killed Wednesday when his light armoured vehicles was struck by an improvised explosive device in the city of Kandahar. Pte Chidley is survived by father Cameron Chidley, mother Sian (Brad) LeSueur, sister Devon (Brent) Parsons, brother Joseph, his fiancée Danielle Risch, step-sisters Emma and Sadie, extended family and friends along with his cats, Cranson and Gilbert Chidley.
Pte Garrett William Chidley on other official websites
Canadian Virtual
War Memorial

Researched By: Sean Wilson

Pte Garrett William Chidley
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Medals and Commendations
(In Order):

Sacrifice Medal (SM)
General Campaign Star – SOUTH-WEST ASIA (GCS-SWA)

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Book of Remembrance

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