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Ainsworth Dyer

In memory of:

Corporal Ainsworth Dyer

April 17, 2002
Kandahar, Afghanistan

Military Service






Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry


3rd Battalion


Sacrifice Medal (Posthumous)

Additional Information


July 29, 1977
Montreal, Quebec


October 20, 1997

Son of the late Paul and Agatha (née Dawkins) Dyer (2004 National Memorial (Silver) Cross Mother) of St. Laurent, Quebec. Brother of Carolyn.

He enrolled with the Militia's 48th Highlanders of Canada as an Infantryman in February 1996 and transferred to the Regular Force in October 1997. After completing Battle School, Cpl Dyer was posted to 3 PPCLI in the spring of 1998, where he served as a Rifleman and deployed with 3 PPCLI on Operation Palladium to Bosnia-Herzegovina in 2000.

A plaque bearing the names of Sgt. Marc Léger, Cpl. Ainsworth Dyer, Pte. Richard Green and Pte Nathan Smith lies on a floodlit memorial beside the Canadian headquarters at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. Corporal Dyer was commemorated in February, 2003 on the Rakkasan Memorial Wall at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

Corporal Dyer died as a result of a friendly fire incident on April 17, 2002 while serving in Afghanistan.

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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  • Grave Marker– Headstone at Toronto Necropolis Cemetery
  • Memorial– A bridge in Edmonton's river valley dedicated to Ainsworth Dyer.
  • Memorial– Plague at Ainsworth Dyer Bridge in Edmonton
  • Tribute– As a ex military person this is just a tribute to a fallen comrade. I intend to do all 158 of our fallen.
  • Plaque– This was the laser engraved granite plaque that we re-designed to mark the unfortunate passing of Cpl. Dyer.  The original plaque on the Kandahar Cenotaph contained all four (Léger, Green, Dyer 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 Ainsworth Dyer
  • Ainsworth Dyer - Photo 2
  • Photo collage– Photo collage by Mr. Ken Wilson.
  • Op Athena Plaque– Op Apollo plaque commemorating Sgt. Marc D. Léger, Cpl. Ainsworth Dyer, Pte. Richard Green and 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
  • Photo of Ainsworth Dyer

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