|Birth: ||Aug. 11, 1983|
|Death: ||Oct. 29, 2011|
Master Corporal, 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, Canadian Army, based in Edmonton, Alberta. He was serving as a mentor and trainer on Operation Attention, the Canadian Forces contribution to the NATO Training Mission in Afghanistan. His role was to advise Afghan National Army trainers working with Afghan soldiers.
MCpl Greff along with four American soldiers and eight civilian contractors were killed when a car packed with explosives rammed their armoured "Rhino" bus in Kabul. A military service dog, one Afghan policeman and three Afghan civilians also died in the Taliban attack while dozens of people were wounded.
Aged 28, MCpl Greff grew up in Lacombe, Alberta and lived in Morinville. He joined the military in 2001 and was on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan. A qualified paratrooper, he was a member of the battalion's reconnaissance platoon. He was described as hard-working and highly respected by his fellow soldiers. He was extremely fit, and loved hunting and hockey.
MCpl Greff is survived by his wife Lindsay, their son Kellar and newborn daughter Brielle, parents Greg and Candy, sister Chelsey, brother Dustin, other relatives and many friends. His family remembered him as an amazing person, an amazing father and a wonderful husband. "We are all so proud of Byron; proud of him as a father, son, brother, uncle, grandson and soldier."
A private funeral was held in Lacombe.
A public memorial service was held on November 7, 2011 at the College Heights Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Canada has lost 158 military personnel since the Afghanistan mission began in 2002. One diplomat, a journalist and two aid workers have also died.
*Thanks to Vic Park for the grave photo
US military casualties:
LTC David E. Cabrera
SSgt Christopher R. Newman
Sgt James M. Darrough
Sgt Carlo F. Eugenio
Red Deer Census Division
Created by: Milou
Record added: Oct 30, 2011
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