Office of the Premier

Premier's message on death of Gagetown soldiers (08/12/14)

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Dec. 14, 2008

FREDERICTON (CNB) -- The following statement on the deaths in Afghanistan of Cpl. Thomas James Hamilton, Pte. John Michael Roy Curwin and Pte. Justin Peter Jones of the 2nd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment was issued today by Premier Shawn Graham.

"It was with great sadness that we learned this morning of the deaths of three soldiers from Golf Company with the 2nd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment from Base Gagetown.

"Cpl. Thomas James Hamilton, Pte. John Michael Roy Curwin and Pte. Justin Peter Jones were killed by an improvised explosive device while investigating reports of a bomb being planted along a highway 14 kilometres from Kandahar.

"These three brave Canadians were members of a Quick Reaction Force with the Canadian Forces' provincial reconstruction team. They were killed ensuring that the way was clear for their fellow soldiers to continue to help the people of Kandahar and province to rebuild their communities and their lives.

"On behalf of the Province of New Brunswick and all New Brunswickers, I want to convey our deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Cpl. Hamilton, Pte. Curwin and Pte. Jones at CFB Gagetown and thoughout Canada for their great loss. Their sacrifice will not be forgotten."

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