Hometown Esterhazy, Saskatchewan and member of 2nd Battlion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry based in Shilo, Manitoba.
Prescott Shipway was born on January 13th, 1972 in the United Kingdom and raised in Regina and Saskatoon.
He joined the Canadian Forces in 1990, having previously completed tours of duty in Cyprus, Bosnia and Kosovo.
He was cited by Mention in Dispatches for his quick reaction following a 2006 IED attack in which he secured the area and helped save a fellow soldier’s life. After the attack in Afghanistan, Shipway used a radio and instruction from a chief surgeon to save a soldier’s life.
Shipway holds a Canadian Forces Decoration, a NATO Medal for Former Yugoslavia with Bar, a NATO Medal for Kosovo, a South-West Asia Service Medal – Afghanistan Bar, and a General Campaign Star – International Security Assistance Force Bar.
He was deployed on his second tour of duty with the Canadian contingent of NATO forces serving in Afghanistan.
Sgt. Shipway died on September 7th, 2008 at 36-years-old. He was killed when the armoured car he was in, was hit by a roadside bomb while on patrol in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province. Seven others were injured in the attack. Shipway was one week away from finishing his rotation.
He is survived by his wife DeeDee, son Hayden, and daughter Rowan. His sister, Samantha is also in the military.
He was nicknamed “Papa Shipway” and had a motto “never let a comrade down.”
He was described as a dedicated father and avid Saskatchewan Roughrider fan.