|Birth: ||Jul. 28, 1985|
|Death: ||Sep. 3, 2006|
Private with 1st Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, based in Petawawa, Ontario. Aged 21, he was born and raised in Port Lambton, ON (near Sarnia). Survived by his parents Errol and Elaine Cushley; three sisters; his girlfriend Karen; grandmother, and many extended family members.
He was one of four Canadian soldiers killed and nine others wounded during heavy fighting as part of a major International Security Assistance Force air and ground offensive against Taliban insurgents approximately 15 km west of Kandahar City, Afghanistan.
Some 500 people attended the funeral at Sacred Heart Chuch in Port Lambton on Sept 13, 2006. As the hearse passed by Sacred Heart elementary school, from which he had graduated only seven years before, the entire student body lined up on the curb, most dressed in red, all wearing arm bands that read 'Thank you Will'. Some waved Canadian flags or tossed flowers. Other than a few muffled sobs, the 145 youngsters stood silently as the procession, which was more than 100 metres long, passed by.
The graveside service saw three volleys of fire from soldiers, a bagpiper, then a trumpeter sound the Last Post. Cushley's parents, were presented with a Canadian flag.
Interment in McDonald Cemetery,
Port Lambton, Ontario.
*Sincere thanks to SusanR for her kindness in sponsoring this memorial.
*Thanks to Keefer for the grave photo
WO Frank Mellish
WO Richard Nolan
Sgt Shane Stachnik
Created by: Milou
Record added: Oct 13, 2006
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