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Marc Daniel Léger

In memory of:

Sergeant Marc Daniel Léger

April 17, 2002
Kandahar, Afghanistan

Military Service






Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry


3rd Battalion


Sacrifice Medal (Posthumous)

Additional Information


March 26, 1973
Lancaster, Ontario


March 3, 1991
Ottawa, Ontario

Son of Richard and Claire Léger (2005 National Memorial (Silver) Cross Mother) of Stittsville, Ontario. Husband of Marley (née McIntyre) Léger of Edmonton, Alberta. Brother of Sophie and Albert. Grandson of Alice Léger of Lancaster, Ontario.

He enrolled in the Primary Reserve of the Canadian Armed Forces in March 1991 as a member of the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders. The Glengarry High School of Alexandria graduate subsequently transferred to the Regular Force in February 1993 and became a member of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI).

Following completion of the PPCLI Battle School he was posted to the Regiment's First Battalion where he served as a rifleman. He was posted to the Third Battalion in 1996 and served with the unit for three tours in the former Yugoslavia (Bosnia-Herzegovina). He was promoted acting sergeant in January 2002. In February 2002, he was deployed to Afghanistan with the 3 PPCLI Battle Group as part of Operation Apollo, Canada's commitment to the international campaign against terrorism. He was parachute qualified and was awarded the South West Asia Medal and the United States Bronze Star posthumously.

Sergeant Léger received a Deputy Chief of Defence Staff Commendation for demonstrating initiative and compassion in dealing with displaced persons and returnees in the Livno Valley in Bosnia-Herzegovina. He had also served as a volunteer firefighter with the Lancaster Joint Fire Department and assisted with the Habitat for Humanity project.

Commemorated on Page 213 of the In the Service of Canada (1947 - 2014) Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Ontario, Canada

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  • Personal sketch of fallen comrade
  • Plaque– This was the laser engraved granite plaque that we re-designed to mark the unfortunate passing of Sgt. Léger.  The original plaque on the Kandahar Cenotaph contained all four (Léger, Green, Ainsworth and Smith) but when the monument was repatriated to Canada in 2014, and the new memorial built, it was decided to give each member their own unique plaque.  Today, it can be seen at the Afghanistan Memorial located at National Defence Headquarters in Kanata, On.  

Rod McLeod, Artist
  • Newspaper clipping– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of Marc Leger
  • Marc Leger - Photo 2
  • Photo collage– Photo collage by Mr. Ken Wilson.
  • Last Respects– Members of the 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (3 PPCLI) Battle Group pay their last respects aboard a United States Air Force C 17 aircraft to four of their fallen comrades, who were killed in a training accident near Kandahar, Afghanistan. The accident victims were Canadian Forces members serving with the 3 PPCLI Battle Group based out of Edmonton, Alberta. Photo by: Cpl Lou Penney, 3 PPCLI Battle Group
  • OP Apollo plaque– OP Apollo plaque commemorating Sgt. Marc D. Léger, Cpl. Ainsworth Dyer, Pte. Richard Green, Pte. Nathan L. Smith
  • Memorial– Chief Warrant Officer Steve Bartlett, Task Force Afghanistan's Regimental 
Sergeant Major takes time to reflect on the fallen. A consecration ceremony was held of the Memorial dedicated to those Canadians who gave their lives in the service of peace while serving in Afghanistan. This Memorial was 
originally consecrated in November 2003 at Camp Julien, Kabul. The closure of Camp Julien in November 2005 necessitated the move of the Memorial to its present location at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan.  Photo taken on February 21, 2006 by: Master Corporal Ken Fenner, Task Force Afghanistan Photographer
  • Grave Marker

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