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Captain Matthew Dawe

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Captain Matthew Dawe

Captain Matthew Johnathan Dawe enrolled in the Regular Force on 16 June 1999, after having served two years with the Princess of Wales Own Regiment in Kingston, Ontario. He attended the Royal Military College where he earned a degree in Civil Engineering and became the Cadet Wing Senior, the highest position awarded to cadets, in his final year.

On completion of his Infantry Officer Training he was posted to the Third Battalion (3 PPCLI), where he was employed as a Platoon Commander in C Company (the parachute company). He deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan as part of Task Force 1-07 as a rifle platoon commander. This was his first overseas mission. His qualifications included Basic Parachutist, Basic Mountain Operations, and Drop Zone Controller.

Captain Dawe came from a notable PPCLI family. He died while on duty in the province of Kandahar when the vehicle he was driving struck an Improvised Explosive Device on 4 July 2007. He was buried in the Military Section of the Cataraqui Cemetery in Kingston, Ontario on Saturday, 14 July 2007.

Captain Dawe is survived by his wife Tara, their two-year old son Lucas, his father Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Dawe (Retired), and his mother Mrs. Reine Dawe. Captain Dawe was the youngest of four brothers (including Peter Jr., Philip, and James) who have proudly served the Regiment.

Family statement

A passionate man, a loving husband
and the best Daddy ever.
Our hero to share with Canada.
Forever missed.

A man among men who led by
example with passion and caring.

We will always remember him
as our hero and friend.

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