Private Tyler Todd
Private Tyler William Todd was born 13 July 1983 in Kitchener, Ontario. He joined the Canadian Forces on 24 October 2007, and completed his basic military training in St Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec in February of 2008. Upon completion of Battle School in Wainwright, Alberta, he was posted to First Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry in July 2008. Pte Todd was on his first overseas mission, deploying to Afghanistan on 22 October 2009.
Pte Todd was a dedicated and likeable soldier with a good sense of humour. He would often hide rocks and candies in the other soldiers' beds. Pte Todd's enthusiasm and strong will were an inspiration to his platoon. He was highly motivated, unselfishly contributed to team efforts and was dedicated to his team's success. Pte Todd was doing what he loved to do: soldiering in a theatre of operation alongside his friends.
Pte Todd died on 11 April 2010, in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast while on a routine foot patrol near the town of Belanday, eight kilometres outside the provincial capital of Kandahar. He is survived by his parents Bryan and Beverly Todd, and his sisters, Jenna Todd, who is expecting, and Samantha Witzel.
Pte Todd believed in his chosen profession and was an inspiration to all who soldiered with him. The Regiment has lost a great friend and a true soldier. He will be missed by his family, friends and the Regiment. His sacrifice will not be forgotten.