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Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Shane Hank Stachnik

In memory of:

Sergeant Shane Hank Stachnik

September 3, 2006
Kandahar City, Afghanistan

Military Service






Combat Engineer Regiment


2nd Battalion


Sacrifice Medal (posthumous)

Additional Information


November 13, 1975

Sergeant Shane Hank Stachnik was thirty years old when he was killed in Afghanistan on September 3, 2006 while serving with the Canadian Armed Forces as a combat military engineer. He was originally from Waskatenau, Alberta and at the time of his death was serving his second tour in Afghanistan. He was serving with the Canadian Forces in 2 Combat Engineer Regiment based at CFB Petawawa when he was killed in an ambush while leading his section during Operation Medusa, a ground offensive against the Taliban in southern Afghanistan.

Sergeant Stachnik joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1995. . He assisted with the Winnipeg flood relief in 1997. He worked with the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) in Sri Lanka after the 2004 tsunami, purifying water. There, he received a commendation for outstanding leadership in his role as water supply section commander. He had served two tours in Bosnia and was on his second tour of Afghanistan.

Sergeant Stachnik left behind his parents Hank and Avril Stachnik (2008 National Memorial (Silver) Cross Mother), his sister Deanna, his fiancée Ms Darcy Mitton, and two step children, Elliot and Samantha.

Commemorated on Page 220 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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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.

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  • Plaque– This was the laser engraved granite plaque that we designed to mark the unfortunate passing of Sgt. Stachnik.  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
  • Photo of Shane Hank Stachnik– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of Shane Stachnik– Sergeant Shane Stachnik, a member of 2 Combat Engineer Regiment, based in Petawawa, Ontario was killed on September 3, 2006 fighting against Taliban insurgents approximately 15 km west of Kandahar City.
  • Funeral– An interment ceremony for Sergeant Shane Stachnik from 2 Combat Engineer Regiment was held at the National Military Cemetery in Ottawa Ontario on Sept 11, 2006. Sgt Stachnik died on September 3, 2006 in Afghanistan while engaged in an operation supporting Afghan authorities.  Photo by Master Corporal Jill Cooper, CFSU(O) Photo Services
  • Grave Marker– This is a picture of Sergeant Shane Hank Stachnik's tombstone.

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