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Captain Nichola Kathleen Sarah Goddard (May 2, 1980 - May 17, 2006)

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  Captain  Nichola Kathleen Sarah Goddard, MSM, was the first female Canadian combat soldier killed in combat, and the 16th Canadian soldier killed in Canadian operations in Afghanistan.  The daughter of school teachers, Nichola was born in Madang, Papua New Guinea. Her early years were spent moving to numerous Canadian locations with her parents. The family settled in Edmonton, Alberta for a while before moving to Antigonish Nova Scotia. There Nichola attended high school and took up running and cross country skiing. Her team nicknamed her “Carebear” a fitting tribute for the caring and considerate person she was. Nichola entered the Canadian military, serving with the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, and soon rose to the rank of captain.  In January 2006, her regiment was shipped to Afghanistan. Captain Goddard arrived in January 2006 and began her duties as a forward observation officer.  Almost immediately, Nichola found herself em