Nichola Goddard: Calgary School Named After First Canadian Female Combat Soldier Killed In Action

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CAPT NICHOLA GODDARD
Capt. Nichola Goddard, of 1st Royal Canadian Horse Artillery based in Shiloh, Man., is shown in an undated photo. Goddard, the first Canadian female soldier to be killed in action while serving in a combat role, will be honoured by having a new school named for her in Calgary. THE CANADIAN PRESS | CP

CALGARY - The first Canadian female soldier to be killed in action while serving in a combat role will be honoured by having a new school named for her in Calgary.

Capt. Nichola Goddard, a 26-year-old artillery officer, died in a Taliban ambush in the Panjwaii district of Afghanistan on May 17, 2006.

Lt.-Col. Scott Long trained with Goddard and says the school will be a great legacy.

He says he knows she would be proud and thrilled.

And he says from a military perspective, it's good to see the sacrifice of a soldier recognized by the Calgary Board of Education.

Captain Nichola Goddard School will welcome students for classes next Tuesday.

(CHQR)

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