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CPL James Hayward “Jim” Arnal

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CPL James Hayward “Jim” Arnal

  • Birth 9 Apr 1983 Canada
  • Death 18 Jul 2008 Afghanistan
  • Burial Winnipeg, Greater Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  • Memorial ID 28393067


Corporal, 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, based in Shilo, Manitoba. Aged 25, he was born in Kelvington, Sask. and grew up in Winnipeg. He was on his second tour of duty with the Canadian contingent of NATO forces serving in Afghanistan.

He was killed, and another soldier injured, after a buried roadside bomb detonated during a night-time foot patrol in Panjwaii district, southwest of Kandahar City.

Cpl Arnal had four years service with the military, having given up a promising career in the information technology sector. He volunteered for this rotation and hoped to return in 2009. Platoon mates described him as professional, dependable and utterly fearless under enemy fire. His family stated that Jim was a thrill seeker and was always on the go, living life to its fullest. He is survived by his mother Wendy and stepfather Ken Miskiewicz; father Raymond and stepmother Betty; brother Andrew; stepsister Sarah; his girlfriend Melissa; and many other relatives.

Recipient of General Campaign Star - International Security Assistance Force Bar, Sacrifice Medal (posthumous)

Funeral service held on Monday, July 28, 2008 at Grant Memorial Baptist Church, Winnipeg.

A total of 88 Canadian soldiers and one diplomat have died since the Afghan mission started in 2002.

In November 2010 the Government of Manitoba announced that a lake in the northern part of the province has been named Arnal Lake to honour the sacrifice of this fallen soldier.

*Special thanks to SusanR for her generous sponsorship of this memorial

*Thanks to John Erwin for the grave photos


  • Created by: Milou
  • Added: 19 Jul 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 28393067
  • SusanR
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for CPL James Hayward “Jim” Arnal (9 Apr 1983–18 Jul 2008), Find A Grave Memorial no. 28393067, citing Glen Lawn Memorial Gardens, Winnipeg, Greater Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada ; Maintained by Milou (contributor 46858724) .