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Myles Stanley John Mansell

In memory of:

Corporal (Bombardier) Myles Stanley John Mansell

April 22, 2006
Gumbad, Afghanistan

Military Service






5th (British Columbia) Field Artillery Regiment


Sacrifice Medal (Posthumous)

Additional Information


August 5, 1980
Victoria, British Columbia

Son of Alan and Nancy Mansell. Husband of Lindsay Sullivan. Brother of Matthew and Michael.

Bombardier Mansell attended Belmont Secondary School. He received his basic training at CFB Shilo in Manitoba and CFB Gagetown in New Brunswick.

He was employed in several occupations from fighting forest fires and had a fond interest in carpentry after helping to complete his parents retirement home. Most recently, he worked helping construct high-end homes.

At his wake, beside his casket, stood a lone wreath. The inscription read, 'Thank you from all British Columbians'. It was sent by Lieutenant-Governor Iona Campagnolo. Bombardier Mansell was known to many as 'Smiley Myley' which aptly described him. As a child, he came home from school one day crying because the teacher told the students 'miles' would be replaced by 'kilometres'. He thought he would have to change his name.

Commemorated on Page 219 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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  • Photo of MYLES STANLEY JOHN MANSELL– On the road to Gumbad
  • Plaque– This was the laser engraved granite plaque that we designed to mark the unfortunate passing of Bdr. Mansell.  It was originally displayed at the Kandahar Cenotaph from the date of his passing - and was repatriated to Canada in 2014.  Today, it can be seen at the Afghanistan War 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 Myles Stanley John Mansell– Canadian Forces photograph of Bombardier Myles Mansell.
  • Newspaper Clipping– Source: Globe & Mail, 2006

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