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Princess Patricias Canadian Light Infantry


Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) is one of the three Regular Force infantry regiments of the Canadian Army of the Canadian Armed Forces. It is named for Princess Patricia of Connaught, then daughter of the Governor General of Canada. The regiment is composed of four battalions including a Primary Reserve battalion, for a total of 2,000 soldiers. The PPCLI is the main lodger unit of Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Edmonton in Alberta and CFB Shilo in Manitoba, and attached to 3rd Canadian Division; as such it serves as the "local" regular infantry regiment for much of Western Canada. The Loyal Edmonton Regiment (LER), a Reserve Force battalion, is affiliated with the PPCLI but is not formally part of it. As part of this affiliation, the LER carries the designation '4th Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry'. The regiment is a ceremonial structure, and the four battalions are independent operational entities, under the 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (1 CMBG) for the Regular Force and the 41 Canadian Brigade Group (41 CBG) for the Primary Reserve. Although the regiment carries the designation of 'light infantry', two of its battalions are mechanized infantry, and the unit has never been organized as a traditional light infantry regiment.

Battle Honours
Afghanistan
Princess Patricias Canadian Light Infantry
Pte Smith Nathan Lloyd
Rank: Private
Pte
Service Number: T26 981 625
Born: Jun 28, 1975 Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia
Discharged: Deceased

Served In: Afghanistan
Service: CF (Canadian Forces)
Battle Group: ISAF (International Security Assistance Force)
Regiment: Princess Patricias Canadian Light Infantry
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Service Details :
3rd Battalion, Afghanistan ISAF. After completing Reserve basic Training in Wainwright during the summer of 1998, Pte Smith transferred to the Regular Force in September 1998.


Sacrifice Medal (SM)
The Sacrifice Medal was created in the context of increased casualties in overseas operations to fulfill the desire of Canadians and the Government to provide formal recognition, through the award of an official medal emanating from the Crown, to those who die as a result of military service or are wounded by hostile action. This honour replaces the Wound Stripe
The Medal may be awarded to members of the Canadian Forces, members of an allied force working as an integral part of the Canadian Forces such as exchange personnel, civilian employees of the Government of Canada or Canadian citizens under contract with the Government of Canada, on the condition that they were deployed as part of a military mission under the authority of the Canadian Forces, that have, on or after October 7, 2001, died or been wounded under honourable circumstances as a direct result of hostile action on the condition that the wounds that were sustained required treatment by a physician and the treatment has been documented.
The Medal may also be awarded posthumously to any member of the Canadian Forces who served on or after 7 October 2001 in the Regular Force, Primary Reserve, Cadet Organizations Administration and Training Service or Canadian Rangers, or any member of the Supplementary Reserve who served in or with one of the components aforementioned on or after 7 October 2001, and dies under honourable circumstances as a result of an injury or disease related to military service.
When a death is obviously related to service, the SM will be issued immediately. When the cause of death is not clear, the SM will only be issued once Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) has officially determined that the death was related to military service, in such a case, delays are to be expected before the SM can be awarded.
South-West Asia Service Medal (SWASM)
The South-West Asia Service Medal recognizes the participation of CF members deployed or in direct support of the operations against terrorism in South-West Asia. The medal is awarded to those employed in direct support, and the AFGHANISTAN bar is added for those deployed into the theatre of operations.
The South-West Asia Service Medal is awarded for a minimum of 90 days cumulative service in direct support of operations against terrorism in South West Asia from 11 September 2001 to 31 July 2009. Direct support occurs when a member is deployed to a unit or organization outside Canada but not into a specific theatre of operations, and where his or her primary duty is to provide direct assistance on a full-time basis to the operations against terrorism in South-West Asia.
The medal with AFGHANISTAN bar is awarded for 30 days cumulative service between 11 September 2001 and 31 Jul 2009 in the theatre of operations, which is a subset of the United States Central Command Area of Operation Responsibility (USCENTCOM AOR). The theatre of operations is defined as the land, sea, or air spaces of Afghanistan, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, the Persian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden, Red Sea, Suez Canal and those parts of the Indian Ocean north of 5° South Latitude and west of 68° East Longitude.
NATO Medal for Former Yugoslavia (NATO-FY)
After the peaceful conduct of the September 1996 elections, IFOR successfully completed its mission of implementing the military annexes of the General Framework Agreement for Peace. However, it was clear that much remained to be accomplished on the civil side and that the political environment would continue to be potentially unstable and insecure. On 25-26 September, one week after the Bosnian elections NATO Defence Ministers concluded that the Alliance needed to re-assess how it might continue to provide support for the establishment of a secure environment after the end of IFOR's mandate in December. The role of IFOR (Operation Joint Endeavour) was to implement the peace. The role of SFOR (Operation Joint Guard / Operation Joint Forge) is to stabilise the peace. The difference between the tasks of IFOR and SFOR is reflected in their names.
 
Service Notes: Nathan never complained was always cheerful and was reliable. He was the best of us all. I remember in battle school seeing him cleaning his sections boot rubber clumsies. It was 3 am, and he was happy to be doing it. That's the man he was. Neve heard him speak poorly of anyone, he always stood up for his friends. In fact I remember shortly before he died he was talking about selling his truck, I was interested and he said he wouldn't sell it to me because he knew it was on its last legs. I could go on and on but at the end of the day Nathan was a stand up guy and his death along with the 3 men he died with was felt across TF Rakkasan. A dedicated Paratrooper and an amazing Canadian. He completed Battle School and was posted to 3 PPCLI in May 1999, where he served as a Rifleman. He deployed with 3 PPCLI on Op PALLADIUM in 2000. Pte Smith excelled in the various courses that he attended during his tenure in B Company. After completing the Basic Parachutist Course in 2001, he was transferred to A Company, where he continued to serve the Regiment well.
Enlisted: Sept. 24, 1998
Pre/Post War: Nathan grew up in Ostrea Lake on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia. He attended Eastern Shore District High School in Musquodoboit Harbour, Nova Scotia. He graduated from the commercial diving course at Seneca College in Newmarket, Ontario in 1997. He joined the Canadian Army in September 1998. A plaque bearing the names of Sgt. Marc Leger, Cpl. Ainsworth Dyer, Pte. Richard Green and Pte. Nathan Smith lies on a floodlit memorial beside the Canadian headquarters at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan.

Deceased: April 17, 2002 at Kandahar, Afghanistan
Cemetery Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown ,
Obituary: Smith was a rifleman and parachutist from Tatamagouche, N.S. He was 26 when he died. Smith served first with Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary’s) in Victoria before moving to Edmonton to serve with Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. The compound housing the Canadian Provincial Reconstruction Team in Afghanistan was named Camp Nathan Smith after him.
 
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Pte Nathan Lloyd Smith
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Medals and Commendations
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Sacrifice Medal (SM)
South-West Asia Service Medal (SWASM)
NATO Medal for Former Yugoslavia (NATO-FY)

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