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Canada’s Military Colleges Mourn the Loss of Four Alumni / Les collèges militaires du Canada déplorent la perte de quatre anciens

For the live-stream of the repatriation ceremony at CFB Trenton on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 please see here. / Pour la retransmission en direct de la cérémonie de rapatriement à la BFC Trenton le mercredi 6 mai 2020, veuillez consulter ici.


Message from BGen Sébastien Bouchard, Commandant, Royal Military College of Canada (1 May 2020) / Message de Bgén Sébastien Bouchard, Commandant, Collège militaire royal du Canada (1er mai 2020)

It is with sadness that I have to inform you that four RMC ex-cadets were on board the RCAF helicopter that crashed yesterday. Sub-Lieutenant Abbigail Cowbrough (Class of 2018, Computer Science) was killed. The three others remain missing: Capt Brenden MacDonald (Class of 2007, General Science (Chemistry)); Capt Kevin Hagen (Class of 2011, Aeronautical Engineering); and Capt Maxime Miron-Morin (Class of 2013, Aeronautical Engineering). They stood on our parade square and commissioned as officers in the Canadian Armed Forces. They marched with their classmates through the Memorial Arch, swords held high. Now, another name will join the names of our fallen who are immortalized on the Arch — forever honoured with those who gave their lives while serving Canada. Our thoughts are with Abbigail’s family this day, as well as with the families of those who remain missing. We stand with you.

Truth Duty Valour

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C’est avec tristesse que je dois vous informer que quatre anciens élève officiers du collège se trouvaient à bord de l’hélicoptère de l’ARC qui s’est écrasé hier. Le l’enseigne de vaisseau de 1re classe Abbigail Cowbrough (promotion 2018, informatique) a été tué. Trois autres sont toujours portés disparus : Capt Brenden MacDonald (promotion 2007, sciences générales) ; Capt Kevin Hagen (promotion 2011, génie aéronautique) ; et Capt Maxime Miron-Morin (promotion 2013, génie aéronautique). Ils se sont présentés sur notre terrain de parade et ont reçu leur brevet d’officier dans les Forces armées canadiennes. Ils ont défilé avec leurs camarades de classe à travers l’Arche du souvenir, les épées à la main. Maintenant, un autre nom viendra s’ajouter à ceux de nos disparus qui sont immortalisés sur l’Arche – à jamais honorés par ceux qui ont donné leur vie au service du Canada. Nos pensées vont à la famille du Abbigail en ce jour, ainsi qu’aux familles de ceux qui sont toujours portés disparus. Nous sommes à vos côtés.

Vérité Devoir Vaillance


Statement from the Governor General for the Victims of the Canadian Helicopter Crash / Déclaration de la gouverneure générale à la suite de l’écrasement de l’hélicoptère canadien

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Six fallen CAF personnel remains return to Canada on Wednesday


Editor’s note: The following links will take you to a mix of older articles in eVeritas and current articles on external sites. We’ve done our best to honour the lives of those we lost. / Note de l’éditrice: Les liens suivants vous amèneront à un mélange d’articles plus anciens dans eVeritas et d’articles actuels sur des sites externes. Nous avons fait de notre mieux pour honorer la vie de ceux que nous avons perdus.

We Remember Them / Nous nous souvenons d’eux

27268 Abbigail Cowbrough, Class of 2018 / Promotion de 2018

What’s happening around the college

Reading Week: Ho Hum for some; much more for others

Qu’est-ce qui se passe au CMR Saint-Jean

Canadian helicopter crash victim remembered as ‘spunky,’ dedicated cadet, piper in Peterborough

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25516 Maxime Miron-Morin, Class of 2013 / Promotion de 2013

Sports & Expedition Club Makes Selections for 2013

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25075 Kevin Hagen, Class of 2011 / Promotion de 2011

What’s Happening At RMCC

B.C. pilot lost in military helicopter crash ‘followed his dream’

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23811 Brenden MacDonald, Class of 2007 / Promotion de 2007

Partial remains of Canadian Forces pilot killed in helicopter crash recovered

Piloting siblings make pit stop at Trenton Airport

Missing New Glasgow pilot Capt. Brenden MacDonald was determined to fly

8 Comments

  • Ron Stewart

    May 5, 2020 at 11:50 am

    I wrote this poem back in 2006 as a tribute to honour Capt Nichola Goddard.
    I would now like to rededicate this amended version to our brothers
    Brenden MacDonald, Kevin Hagen, Maxime Miron-Morin, and sister Abbigail Cowbrough.
    These are difficult times and my wish is that through poetry we can continue on, and better heal.

    The Arch

    Blow soft you strong winds over the rich dead
    let bugles sound sad mourning strains
    as we step slow march to the
    rrrrum, pum, pum
    of the kilties’ lament
    on their pipes,
    on their drums.

    Brenden, Kevin, Maxime, and Abbigail
    we scarcely knew you,
    but your oath
    to the sword
    and the scarlet
    lived on in your heart,
    in your passing
    survives in the courage
    of your blood.

    We shadow
    your flag draped casket
    step by step,
    two by two,
    to the beat
    of the drummers’
    slow slide.
    Mortal clay
    uplifted by comrades
    is where youth,
    and valour reside.

    Through the arch,
    the fire and the scarlet
    race wild
    through our deep troubled veins;
    reigniting the steel of our passion
    to honour your young life’s remains

    Chisled stone,
    doorway to past memory,
    foundation and conception of our lives
    the meaning of your words
    still remembered
    Death is life’s only true prize.

    Blow out you bugles over the rich dead
    There’s none of these so lonely and poor of old
    that dying has made us rarer gifts than gold

  • Yvan Gagnon

    May 5, 2020 at 12:53 pm

    Thank you very much for saying what I feel; I cannot do it better. I spent 32 years of my life at RMC and I “know” what these tragedies mean to this institution, let alone to the families of the lost ones. R I P.
    6715 Yvan Gagnon Professor of Politics 1972–2001

  • Subramanyam Chandra

    May 5, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    Very Very sad for the Canadian forces and for RMC. Sub LT. Abbigail Cowbrough was my son’s batch mate.
    They shan’t be forgotten and may their souls rest in peace.

  • J. R. Digger MacDougall, President, Ottawa Branch

    May 5, 2020 at 2:08 pm

    We are saddened by this news. On behalf of the Ottawa Branch of the Royal military College Club of Canada, I extend to the families, brother and sister ex-cadets, and all whose lives were touched by these our fallen comrades, our sincere condolences. Words cannot express the pain and sorrow in our hearts from this sad news. We mourn with all of Canada and pray for peace and comfort for all family members, classmates and friends of the four ex-cadets and their two colleagues. May their souls be granted eternal rest.
    “Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn;
    at the going down of the sun and in the morning,
    we will remember them.”
    5276, J. R. Digger MacDougall
    We will remember them.

  • Mike Kennedy #12570

    May 5, 2020 at 7:54 pm

    This is indeed a tragedy of terrible proportions, it may well be RMC’s word one-day loss of life since the Great War. I extend my heartfelt condolences to the friends, families, and former colleagues of all members of the crew who perished in the helicopter crash.
    I actually had the pleasure of meeting Abbigail Cowbrough at the RMC dinner here in Toronto, just two years ago. She was in her final year at the time, and we had a lengthy chat that evening. She was a very impressive young woman who had a great future ahead of her. Her untimely passing is a great loss to the Navy, and to Canada.
    I would also like to congratulate Ron Stewart on his magnificent poem, which I believe is a very worthy testimonial to the service of the four Ex-Cadets who gave their lives in the service of their country.
    Again, my deepest sympathies to all who knew them.

  • 4506 Colvin Barrigar

    May 16, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    Back in the 60s while serving in England a fellow Canadian was on exchange an hours drive from me. So we connected. He was a helicopter pilot on an exercise in the mountains of Wales when his chopper went wild. Like being in a dryer. Somehow he got it down on a snow slide and slid downhill until stopped by a boulder. He was awarded a citation because there remained enough of the chopper to reverse engineer its condition to analyze why.
    The cause was that ball bearings were being spat out.
    Please forward to diagnostic team.