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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.
Loyal Edmonton Regiment, R.C.I.C. Loyal Edmonton Regiment, R.C.I.C.

On 22 December 1939, it embarked for Great Britain. "D" Company participated in the expedition to the Norwegian island of Spitzbergen on 25 August 1941, and the battalion landed in Sicily on 10 July and Italy on 3 September 1943, as part of the 2nd Infantry Brigade, 1st Canadian Infantry Division. The unit landed in France on 15 March 1945 as part of OPERATION GOLDFLAKE, on its way to the North West Europe theatre of operations, in which it fought until the end of the war. The overseas battalion disbanded on 15 October 1945.

Battle Honours
Landing in Sicily * Piazza Armerina * Leonforte * Agira * Adrano * Troina Valley * Sicily * Colle d’Anchise * The Gully * Ortona * Liri Valley * Hitler Line * Gothic Line * Monteciccardo * Monte Luro * Rimini Line * San Fortunato * Pisciatello * Savio Bridgehead * Naviglio Canal * Fosso Munio * Italy, 1943-45 * Apeldoorn * Northwest Europe 1945
Lt Turner William Montague
Rank: Lieutenant
Service Number: N/A
Born: Toronto, Ontario
Discharged: Killed In Action

Served In: Afghanistan
Service: CF (Canadian Forces)
Battle Group: ISAF (International Security Assistance Force)
Regiment: Loyal Edmonton Regiment, R.C.I.C.
Service Details :
4th Battalion, Loyal Edmonton Regiment. Land Force Western Area Headquarters.

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.
South-West Asia Service Medal (SWASM)
The South-West Asia Service Medal recognizes the participation of CF members deployed or in direct support of the operations against terrorism in South-West Asia. The medal is awarded to those employed in direct support, and the AFGHANISTAN bar is added for those deployed into the theatre of operations.
The South-West Asia Service Medal is awarded for a minimum of 90 days cumulative service in direct support of operations against terrorism in South West Asia from 11 September 2001 to 31 July 2009. Direct support occurs when a member is deployed to a unit or organization outside Canada but not into a specific theatre of operations, and where his or her primary duty is to provide direct assistance on a full-time basis to the operations against terrorism in South-West Asia.
The medal with AFGHANISTAN bar is awarded for 30 days cumulative service between 11 September 2001 and 31 Jul 2009 in the theatre of operations, which is a subset of the United States Central Command Area of Operation Responsibility (USCENTCOM AOR). The theatre of operations is defined as the land, sea, or air spaces of Afghanistan, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, the Persian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden, Red Sea, Suez Canal and those parts of the Indian Ocean north of 5° South Latitude and west of 68° East Longitude.

Service Notes: "Hi, my name is Bill, and I'm here to help you." That was Lt. Bill Turner's favourite way of introducing himself to the dozens of ordinary people he met during his difficult and dangerous three months as a Civilian-Military Co-operation officer in Afghanistan. It was Turner's job to accompany combat officers into a village or a district, and sit down with local elders, sometimes over tea and figure out what the village needed. Sometimes the request he heard came from children. "One of the most popular things we get asked for is kites", Turner said in an interview. The fact that a man who tried to bring clean water to dispossessed villagers and find kites for their children speaks volumes about Bill. " Over here, if I can make a small difference in one person's life -- in a child's life especially -- my time in Afghanistan will have been worth it," he said. Turner stated in an interview, "The Taliban banned kites. But the kids here just love them". Therefore, Turner decided to put in an order from home---kites and soccer balls for kids. However, on April 22, he and three other Canadian soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb.
Pre/Post War: Strong, wiry and energetic, Lieut. William Turner could inspire others, whether competing in a cycling race, running long distance or patrolling the rough desert of Afghanistan. "He had an immense amount of pride," said Check. "He was excited to make an absolutely direct difference in their lives. He wanted to be there as an ambassador." He recalled that Turner had taken time to write a letter to Check and his colleagues at Pedalhead Road Works. He sometimes raced on the Pedalhead team. "He said that it was hot and dusty, that the food was great and that he'd be seeing us soon." A letter carrier for Canada Post in his civilian life, Toronto-born Turner was in his mid-40s when he volunteered as a Civil-Military Co-operation officer in Afghanistan. He was super-fit, super enthusiastic about life in general; he was amped all the time," said Chris Check, owner of the Edmonton cycling shop where he came to know Turner as a friend and competitive racer. He was attached to the Land Force Western Area Headquarters and was based in Edmonton.

Deceased: April 22, 2006 at Gumbad, Afghanistan
Cemetery ERIN Union Cemetery Ontario, Canada
Obituary: Lieutenant Turner leaves behind a sister in Edmonton, Alberta. He was a former teacher and postal worker. He was an avid bike racer and belonged to an Edmonton group of road-racing cyclists. At his visitation, colleagues that served with him in the 11th Field Regiment Reserve Unit in Guelph, said "he was just a good human being and a great friend. He always had time for the junior rank members".
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Ramp ceremony for Lieutenant William Turner, Corporal Matthew Dinning, Bombardier Myles Mansell and Corporal Randy Payne on 24 Apr 2006 at Kandahar Airfield.
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