|Birth: ||Sep. 1, 1983, Canada|
|Death: ||Jul. 4, 2007, Afghanistan|
Corporal, 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry based in Edmonton, Alberta. Aged 23, he was from Whitecourt, AB.
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.
Cpl. Bartsch joined the military after his high school graduation in 2003. He was due to return home from his second tour of duty at the end of July. He is survived by parents Dennis and Juanita Bartsch, brother Eric, sisters Tara and Joleen, grandparents Jake Bartsch, and Richard & Cathy Stepp, and large extended family. Friends described him as a man with a warm spirit and an ability to make people laugh at almost anything.
Recipient of Sacrifice Medal (posthumous)
Funeral service with full military honours held on July 14, 2007 at the Whitecourt Family Worship Centre.
*Many thanks to grainne for her kindness in sponsoring this memorial!
*Thanks to Catherine for the grave photos
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Whitecourt Census Division
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Record added: Jul 04, 2007
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