Those not recorded on the Memorial

Post World War Two


World War One

World War Two

Post World War Two

Howard Keith Geil
Service Number: 38197
No. 2 Flight Training School,
Royal Canadian Air Force
February 1, 1952
Chilliwack (Royal Canadian Legion) Cemetery
Son of Simon Geil of Victoria and Hilda Geil of Chilliwack, B.C.
Husband of Margete Geil, Vancouver, B.C.

Howard Geil was born April 29, 1929 at Winnipeg, Manitoba and graduated from Chilliwack High School in 1947. After High School he attended the University of Washington where he was taking pre-medical and psychiatry before he enlisted in the R.C.A.F. November 14, 1951 in Vancouver, B.C. Flight Cadet Geil was killed at Poplar Point, Manitoba while conducting a solo navigation flight. At the time of the death he was also survived by his brother Norman and two sisters, Bernice and Verna. He was the father of Cheryl Geil.


Anthony Robert Shelongosky
Service Number: 135450
Royal Canadian Air Force
January 27, 1961
Son of Otto and Josephine Shelongosky, Chilliwack, B.C.
Husband of Florence Shelongosky (nee Fleming), Chilliwack, B.C.
Choloy Cemetery, France

An outstanding Chilliwack air cadet who served with local branch 147 Air Cadet Squadron, “Bob” joined the R.C.A.F. August 31, 1956. At the time of his death, Bob had served with the R.C.A.F. for five years. He and his navigator Flying Officer M.J. Zimmer of Cudworth, Saskatchewan were on a training exercise when their 423 (Eagle) Squadron CF-100 AW (All Weather) Interceptor crashed shortly after take off. Bob and his wife Florence were parents of Travis who was 14 months old when his father was killed.


Lieutenant Michel Denis Aucoin CD
Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering, Chilliwack, B.C.
June 20, 1988
Chilliwack (Royal Canadian Legion) Cemetery
Son of Cecil and Virginia Aucoin

Husband of Heather Aucoin, Sardis, B.C.



Captain Joseph William Best
Canadian Forces – Air Force Branch
June 20, 1988
Place of Memorial unknown

Husband of Debbie L. Best, Vedder Crossing, B.C.


Officer Cadet Kelly Rae Gawne
Royal Canadian Air Force
June 20, 1988
London (Mount Pleasant) Cemetery, Ontario

Daughter of Ray and Elda Gawne, London,


Officer Cadet Wade Christopher Sutton
Royal Canadian Air Force
June 20, 1988
Bay Despoir (Christ Church Anglican) Cemetery, Newfoundland
Son of Alfred Sutton, D’Espoir, Newfoundland

Husband of Elizabeth Ann Sutton, Fredericton, N.B.


Officer Cadet William James Whitley
3 Field Engineers Squadron
June 20, 1988
Ottawa, (Beechwood) Cemetery

Son of William and Margaret Whitley, Gloucester, Ontario


Second Lieutenant Kevin John Wilkinson
Royal Canadian Air Force
June 20, 1988
Maugerville (Christ Church) Cemetery, New Brunswick
Son of Carl Wilkinson, Fredericton, N.B.
Husband of Michele Wilkinson, Fredericton, N.B.

The above six named personnel were killed during a training exercise at the Slesse Creek demolition site located in the Chilliwack River Valley. The tragedy occurred when the C4 plastic explosives they were placing in an underground chamber detonated. Three others were injured.


Master Corporal Mark Robert Isfeld
1 Combat Engineering Regiment
June 21, 1994 at Kakma, Republic of Croatia
Little Mountain Royal Canadian Legion Cemetery, Chilliwack
Son of Carol and Brian Isfeld, Courtenay, B.C.
Husband of Kelly Isfeld, Chilliwack, B.C.

While on United Nations peacekeeping duties in southern Croatia Mark Isfeld was in the process of clearing landmines when an armoured vehicle hit a mine that exploded resulting in his death. Two other Canadian soldiers were injured in the incident. Master Corporal Isfeld served with United Nations Protection Force (Yugoslavia) – UNPROFOR and the United Nations Iraq/Kuwait Observer Mission – UNIKOM. Master Corporal Isfeld's mother, Carol, was the Canadian Silver Cross Mother for the year 2000.



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