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Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Nichola Kathleen Sarah Goddard

In memory of:

Captain Nichola Kathleen Sarah Goddard

May 17, 2006
Kandahar, Afghanistan

Military Service






Royal Canadian Horse Artillery


1st Regiment


Meritorious Service Medal, Sacrifice Medal (posthumous)

Additional Information


May 2, 1980
Papua New Guinea

Daughter of Tim and Sally Goddard of Calgary, Alberta. Sister of Victoria and Kate. Wife of Jason Beam.

"She loved her job, loved what she did," her husband, Jason Beam said from their home in Shilo, Manitoba. "She was glad to be in Afghanistan." Captain Goddard was known as a reader and dog lover who volunteered with the Girl Guides. "She wanted to be remembered as a really, really good soldier, not as a female officer, a female soldier or a first of anything" shared her former supervisor, Major Anne Reiffenstein. Credit: The Globe and Mail, Thursday, May 18, 2006.

In 2014, a new Canadian Coast Guard patrol vessel was named after Nichola Goddard. This particular group of vessels are described as "Hero Class."

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.

Burial Information


Ontario, Canada

Grave Reference:



OTTAWA (BEECHWOOD) CEMETERY contains 98 Commonwealth burials of the First World War and 113 from the Second World War. Many of the graves are in the two veterans plots, where there is also a Cross of Sacrifice dedicated to all service casualties buried in the cemetery. The OTTAWA CREMATION MEMORIAL is in a shelter adjoining the newer of the veterans plots in the cemetery and commemorates 26 Second World War servicmen whose remains were cremated elsewhere in Canada and the U.S.A.

Digital Collection

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  • Plaque– This was the laser engraved granite plaque that we designed to mark the unfortunate passing of Captain Goddard.  It was originally displayed at the Kandahar Cenotaph from the date of her 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
  • Photo– This photo of Capt Goddard's LAV was taken in Panjwayi village minutes before the ambush that took her life. Capt Goddard is seen on the left with MBdr Fehr to her right.
Photo by Sgt R McCue PSYOPS 17 May 2006
  • Newspaper clipping– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of Nichola Kathleen Sarah Goddard– Captain Nichola Goddard, who was serving with the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry in Afghanistan, died in a military operation against Taliban forces.  (Courtesy of National Defence)
  • Memorial Stained Glass– Royal Military College of Canada memorial stained glass window
  • Memorial Arch– Memorial Arch, Royal Military College of Canada
  • Memorial Doll– Memorial doll cadet, Royal Military College of Canada
  • Memorial Sword– The Nichola Goddard memorial sword is awarded annually at the Royal Military College of Canada to the top 4th year ROTP artillery officer cadet
  • Captain Nichola Goddard school– Captain Nichola Goddard school, Panatella Blvd, Calgary, Alberta T3K OP3. The middle school, named in honour of Captain Nichola Goddard, was opened in 2012.
  • Memorial Stained Glass
  • Memorial– Memorial stairwell

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