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Avatar of BillBy on June 28th, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Canadian Soldier Falls Onto His Own Bayonet

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A member of the Governor General’s Foot Guards was seriously injured during the Changing the Guard ceremony on Parliament Hill Wednesday morning.

A 20-year-old male suffered a severe stab wound from his rifle-mounted bayonet after falling during the parade. Members of the Foot Guards who were on hand in case of emergency immediately provided first aid to the injured man, applying pressure to his wound until paramedics arrived.

In addition to his wound, paramedics treated the man for severe blood loss. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was in serious, but stable condition.


The man was screaming in pain for several minutes, but went silent once the medics began to treat him, said Gaber. Dozens of tourists remained on the scene, taking photos of the guard while he was wounded on the ground.

The man, who was marching in the last group of guards, had fallen as he was turning by the main gates on Lower Road on Parliament Hill, east of the Centennial Flame. A few seconds before he fell, another guard had also slipped in the same spot, but managed to recover and continue marching, said Gaber.- Ottawa Citizen

An earlier near miss makes it sound like it wasn’t the soldier’s fault. I hope he gets well.

  • nb
    1:38 pm on June 28th, 2012 1

    That’s the most action the canadian “army” has seen since WWII.

  • Teadrinker
    3:09 pm on June 28th, 2012 2

    Go back under the bridge from whi
    ch you crawled.

  • scoobydoo
    3:28 pm on June 28th, 2012 3

    It wasn’t Tom was it?

  • leon LaPorte
    5:16 pm on June 28th, 2012 4

    Beerhead, hoser, eh? Towel off, eh? Pronounce the letter “o”.

  • Hamilton
    5:25 pm on June 28th, 2012 5

    Man that sucks. I saw a trooper take it through the calf when the guy behind him passed out and fell forward. That’s a big knife to punch through your body.

    Disagree with NB on all counts. The Canadians were with us in Iraq and Afghanistan and saw serious action in both theaters and that is just recent history. Read up on Kapyong for the Korean War.

    The really sad thing is that many Canadians including a one-time troll here don’t know anything about their history.

  • Teadrinker
    7:29 pm on June 28th, 2012 6



    Yes. It’s as if some Canadians are loathe to celebrate our war heroes.

    Had Mike Levy been American, I’m certain there would have been movies made about him.

  • Teadrinker
    8:14 pm on June 28th, 2012 7

    …and Hamilton, I definitely wouldn’t want to get stuck with one of those bayonets either.

    I feel bad for the guy. I hope he gets well soon.

  • Michel
    9:07 pm on June 28th, 2012 8

    “Don’t get PTSD, Give PTSD. Make the Taliban wake up screaming in the night because he fears Canadians are coming to kill him.”

  • Pops
    9:25 pm on June 28th, 2012 9

    Hand salute to Michael Levy! And yes, the Canadian military still knows how to fight, kick a@@ and take names in this day and age.

  • Jinro Dukkohbi
    12:32 am on June 29th, 2012 10

    Circa 1986, basic training, bayonet assault course – saw this dude go rushing at the tire-mannequin dude that you’re supposed to stab with the bayonet eventually – he whipped the butt of the weapon forward to swipe at the swinging arm, but instead the butt bounced off of one of the tires, and he didn’t have his left arm (elbow) locked, so when his arm bent, the bayonet sliced him right in the neck. Dude didn’t die or anything, but there sure was a lot of gushing blood, etc.; something for a bunch of us to stand around and gawk at until someone screamed for us to get away from there. When that guy came back from the hospital the next day, as expected he had a huge bandage wrapped around that side of his neck where the wound was. The cadre gave him the nickname of ‘neck’ from that point on. Just proves that those pig-stickers can be some sharp little things…

  • Bobby Ray
    1:09 am on June 29th, 2012 11

    Well I don’t rightly know how you all see this but to me it looks like it might just be the second skirmish of the Canadian Civil War. Moments before, the first one ended in retreat with no causalities. I’m figuring this puts the statistics at a fifty percent failure rate for Her Majesty’s Royal Canadian Bayoneteers Regimental Guard or something like that.

    But in all seriousness, I hope this here boy gets himself all fixed up okay.

  • Leon LaPorte
    3:42 am on June 29th, 2012 12


    When the ‘arf-made recruity goes out to the East
    ‘E acts like a babe an’ ‘e drinks like a beast,
    An’ ‘e wonders because ‘e is frequent deceased
    Ere ‘e’s fit for to serve as a soldier.
    Serve, serve, serve as a soldier,
    Serve, serve, serve as a soldier,
    Serve, serve, serve as a soldier,
    So-oldier ~OF~ the Queen!

    Now all you recruities what’s drafted to-day,
    You shut up your rag-box an’ ‘ark to my lay,
    An’ I’ll sing you a soldier as far as I may:
    A soldier what’s fit for a soldier.
    Fit, fit, fit for a soldier . . .

    First mind you steer clear o’ the grog-sellers’ huts,
    For they sell you Fixed Bay’nets that rots out your guts –
    Ay, drink that ‘ud eat the live steel from your butts –
    An’ it’s bad for the young British soldier.
    Bad, bad, bad for the soldier . . .

    When the cholera comes — as it will past a doubt –
    Keep out of the wet and don’t go on the shout,
    For the sickness gets in as the liquor dies out,
    An’ it crumples the young British soldier.
    Crum-, crum-, crumples the soldier . . .

    But the worst o’ your foes is the sun over’ead:
    You ~must~ wear your ‘elmet for all that is said:
    If ‘e finds you uncovered ‘e’ll knock you down dead,
    An’ you’ll die like a fool of a soldier.
    Fool, fool, fool of a soldier . . .

    If you’re cast for fatigue by a sergeant unkind,
    Don’t grouse like a woman nor crack on nor blind;
    Be handy and civil, and then you will find
    That it’s beer for the young British soldier.
    Beer, beer, beer for the soldier . . .

    Now, if you must marry, take care she is old –
    A troop-sergeant’s widow’s the nicest I’m told,
    For beauty won’t help if your rations is cold,
    Nor love ain’t enough for a soldier.
    ‘Nough, ‘nough, ‘nough for a soldier . . .

    If the wife should go wrong with a comrade, be loath
    To shoot when you catch ‘em — you’ll swing, on my oath! –
    Make ‘im take ‘er and keep ‘er: that’s Hell for them both,
    An’ you’re shut o’ the curse of a soldier.
    Curse, curse, curse of a soldier . . .

    When first under fire an’ you’re wishful to duck,
    Don’t look nor take ‘eed at the man that is struck,
    Be thankful you’re livin’, and trust to your luck
    And march to your front like a soldier.
    Front, front, front like a soldier . . .

    When ‘arf of your bullets fly wide in the ditch,
    Don’t call your Martini a cross-eyed old bitch;
    She’s human as you are — you treat her as sich,
    An’ she’ll fight for the young British soldier.
    Fight, fight, fight for the soldier . . .

    When shakin’ their bustles like ladies so fine,
    The guns o’ the enemy wheel into line,
    Shoot low at the limbers an’ don’t mind the shine,
    For noise never startles the soldier.
    Start-, start-, startles the soldier . . .

    If your officer’s dead and the sergeants look white,
    Remember it’s ruin to run from a fight:
    So take open order, lie down, and sit tight,
    And wait for supports like a soldier.
    Wait, wait, wait like a soldier . . .

    When you’re wounded and left on Afghanistan’s plains,
    And the women come out to cut up what remains,
    Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains
    An’ go to your Gawd like a soldier.
    Go, go, go like a soldier,
    Go, go, go like a soldier,
    Go, go, go like a soldier,
    So-oldier ~of~ the Queen!

  • Teadrinker
    3:59 am on June 29th, 2012 13


    Wrong country.

    In any case, it’s quite possible that this guy is a reservist. It would really suck if this ends up costing him his regular job.

  • Ilovefootball
    11:21 am on June 29th, 2012 14

    Yeah, the Gov-Gen. Foot Guards are a primary reserve infantry regiment.

    No Canadian unit fought in Iraq…or Indochina for that matter

  • Chemlightbatteries
    2:44 pm on June 29th, 2012 15

    Those crazy canucks! What will they think of next?! ;-)

  • Hamilton
    4:34 pm on June 29th, 2012 16

    “No Canadian unit fought in Iraq…or Indochina for that matter”

    You have half of it correct. The Canadians were part of the NATO training mission in Iraq and they did fight, almost everyone did. Also Canadians embedded in our units deployed. You can tell me they didn’t fight but it doesn’t change the facts and I didn’t mention any role in Vietnam.

  • Teadrinker
    6:14 pm on June 29th, 2012 17


    Yes, and I’ve met Canadians who have fought in the Vietnam War…as members of the US armed forces.

    Thousands of Canadians participated, 110 died, and 7 are still MIA.

    A Canadian was even awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in that war.

    But, officially, Canada’s involvement was that of a non-belligerent.

    Canadian companies sold a great deal of supplies and resources that were used in the US war effort; so much so, as a matter of fact, that unemployment went as low as 3.9% during those years.
    (Frankly, every time the US goes at war, Canada profits since a large portion of all the trade that the US does is with Canada)

    Canada also deployed a small number of troops in 1973 to enforce the Paris Peace Accords.

  • Teadrinker
    6:19 pm on June 29th, 2012 18

    Oh, and as a member of NATO, Canada allowed American and other foreign forces which participated in the Vietnam War to train and test weapons on its soil.

    But we didn’t participate. ;-)

  • Tom Langley
    6:47 pm on June 29th, 2012 19

    NB #1, Canadians have fought & died in a number of wars including Afghanistan & Iraq. They are fighting & dieing for freedom just like the US, UK, & other countries. That is enough for me. Thank You Canadian troops for your service. Families of Canadian troops who are wounded or have made the supreme sacrifice are mourning just like families of other countries. While your comment I’m sure was meant as a lighthearted joke I for one honor all troops who have sacrificed for our freedom. I saw a special on I think it was the History Channel that talked about that it was a Canadian sniper who made the longest distance kill in history by wasting a Taliban terrorist. That Taliban wont be killing any Canadians, Americans, or any body else, HOOOAH!

  • Pops
    7:37 pm on June 29th, 2012 20

    At #14,
    Canadian forces were involved in the Gulf War of 1991, and thousands served in the effort to boot Iraq out of Kuwait. Look up Operation Friction for the details. A sample of their contributions at:

  • Pops
    7:42 pm on June 29th, 2012 21

    At #17, You probably are referring to Peter Lemon in Vietnam, right?

  • Teadrinker
    9:48 pm on June 29th, 2012 22


    Yes, that’s him. I was going to link to his promo video on Youtube, but then thought it might be more interesting if I let people look it up themselves.

    Thanks for the great link, by the way.

  • Teadrinker
    9:49 pm on June 29th, 2012 23


    Yes, certainly. That was a bit before my time, but I was trained by guys who were there.

  • Teadrinker
    9:51 pm on June 29th, 2012 24


    Thank you.

  • Denny
    8:30 pm on July 5th, 2012 25

    5,000 Canadians fought in the Vietnam War, compared to 300,000 South Koreans.


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