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Robert Alan Short

In memory of:

Sergeant Robert Alan Short

October 2, 2003
Kabul, Afghanistan

Military Service






The Royal Canadian Regiment


3rd Battalion Group


Dag Hammarskjöld Medal, Canadian Forces Decoration, Sacrifice Medal (Posthumous)

Additional Information


October 15, 1961


February 27, 1990

Husband of Susan Dawn Short, father of Charissa and Joshua of Fredericton, New Brunswick. Son of Murray Donald Short of Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Commemorated on Page 216 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.

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  • Personal sketch of fallen comrade
  • Photo of Robert Alan Smith– Rob named this picture 'my friend'
  • Plaque– This was the laser engraved granite plaque that we re-designed to mark the unfortunate passing of Sgt. Short.  

The original plaque on the Kandahar Cenotaph contained both Sgt Short and Cpl Beerenfenger -  but when the monument was repatriated to Canada in 2014, 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
  • Grave marker– Grave marker of Sgt Robert Alan SHORT, CD at Nasonworth Baptist Church Cemetery, Nasonworth (near New Maryland) NB, Canada. (Photo credit: Captain (Ret'd) E.L.L. Gaudet, CD)
  • Newspaper clipping– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of Robert Alan Short– Sergeant Robert Alan Short, serving with 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment (3 RCR) Battalion Group, in Kabul, Afghanistan.  Photo: MCpl. Brian Walsh 3 RCR Battalion Group Photographer
  • OP Athena Plaque– OP Athena plaque commemorating Sgt R.A. Short and Cpl R.C. Beerenfenger.
  • 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
  • Memorial Service– Cpl Robbie Beerenfenger and Sgt Robert Short were honoured during a community memorial service held October 7 at The Pembroke Memorial Centre, Pembroke Ont.
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