A great sadness on a day we celebrate the birthday of Our Sovereign Lady. My deepest sympathy to the family and friends of this brave young man. He has served his Queen and Country with honour and courage. He is a martyr for freedom.
KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- Trooper Larry Rudd of the Royal Canadian Dragoons - who was described Monday as "a Gentle Giant" - became the 146th Canadian to die in Afghanistan and the fourth from southern Ontario to be killed here this month.
The Brantford, Ont., native, whose squadron was in the first weeks of its seven month tour in Afghanistan, died early Monday afternoon when the armoured vehicle he was travelling in struck a makeshift landmine during a combat resupply of other Canadian troops in Panjwaii District - southwest of Kandahar City.
"Trooper Rudd will be remembered by those who served alongside him as a professional soldier who never complained regardless of the hardships he and his crew endured," Col, Simon Hetherington, deputy commander of Canada's Task Force Kandahar, said.
"He was dynamic and motivated; generous and outgoing. He was the type of man soldiers of all ranks would look to for friendship."