LT Justin Garrett Boyes

LT Justin Garrett Boyes

Saskatoon, Saskatoon Census Division, Saskatchewan, Canada
Death 28 Oct 2009 (aged 26)
Burial Saskatoon, Saskatoon Census Division, Saskatchewan, Canada
Plot Field of Honour
Memorial ID 43652844 View Source
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Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, based in Edmonton, Alberta. He was deployed with the Canadian contingent of NATO forces serving in Afghanistan and assigned to the Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team.

He was killed and two other soldiers injured when a roadside bomb detonated near their foot patrol in the Panjwaii district about 20 kilometres southwest of Kandahar City. The wounded were evacuated by helicopter for medical treatment and were in good condition.

Lt Boyes was only ten days into his second tour of duty in Afghanistan and leading a platoon of Afghan National Police officers he was mentoring when the explosion occurred.

Aged 26, he was originally from Saskatoon. He was a graduate of Evan Hardy Collegiate and attained a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Saskatchewan in 2006. He had been with the PPCLI just under a year after serving six years as a reservist with the North Saskatchewan Regiment. Described as a leader and highly professional soldier, he was easy-going and devoted to his family.

Lt Boyes is survived by his wife Alanna, their young son James, his parents Angela and David, brother Curtis, sister Lindsay (Adam) Knox, and many other relatives and friends.

Recipient of Sacrifice Medal (posthumous)

Funeral with full military honours held on November 7, 2009 at Circle Drive Alliance Church in Saskatoon.

Canada has now lost 132 military personnel in Afghanistan since the mission started in 2002. One diplomat and two aid workers have also been killed.

*Sincere thanks to P.K. Magruder for the generous sponsorship of this memorial.

*Thanks to Tracy Anne for the grave photos.