|Birth: ||Nov. 11, 1970, Canada|
|Death: ||Jul. 4, 2007, Afghanistan|
Captain, a forward observation officer and artillery co-ordinator with 1 Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, based in Shilo, Manitoba. Aged 36, he was born in Oromocto, NB to a military family and also lived in the Halifax, NS area.
He was one of six Canadian soldiers, along with an Afghan interpreter, killed when their RG-31 Nyala armoured vehicle struck a massive roadside bomb approximately 20 km southwest of Kandahar City. The incident occurred while the soldiers were returning in a convoy to a forward-operating base in the Panjwaii-Zhari district after completing joint operations with the Afghan National Army.
Sixty-six Canadian soldiers and one diplomat have died since Canada first sent troops to Afghanistan in 2002.
Capt Francis earned a master's degree in social sciences at Carleton University and then enlisted in the military in 2001 at age 30. He was on his first overseas deployment and about a month away from returning home to his wife Sylvie Secours and their eight-month old son Ry. He is also survived by his mother Marion Murray, father Russ Francis, sister Mica Francis and other family members. He is remembered for his love of sports and martial arts, and as a serious student of world and military history, pop culture, philosophy and art history.
Recipient of Sacrifice Medal (posthumous)
Repatriation ceremony held on July 8, 2007 at CFB Trenton. A private funeral service for family and close friends is planned.
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Record added: Jul 05, 2007
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