Corporal Andrew Eykelenboom
Corporal Andrew James Eykelenboom, a Medical Technician from 1 Field Ambulance, gave his life in the service of his country when he was killed by a suicide bomber in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on 11 August 2006. Andrew was an energetic young man who enjoyed all outdoor activities, such as snow boarding, fishing, hiking or just about any adventure that would leave you at peace with yourself.
He enjoyed spending quality time reading and bonding with his family, while ensuring he made time for his friends. Cpl Eykelenboom was affectionately known to his peers and comrades as “Boomer” and one of Andrew’s greatest features was his infectious grin, his off-center humour and his caring demeanor towards all people, regardless of stature in life.
Cpl Eykelenboom embodied so many of the values that we hold dear as average citizens, such as compassion, forgiveness and believing in the goodness of people and God. He took pride in, and perfected, his skills as a care giver and, because of his medical training and spiritual beliefs, he never hesitated to provide medical or spiritual support to his patients or comrades as required.