The body of the 121st Canadian soldier to die in Afghanistan will soon arrive back on his home country’s soil.

Cpl. Nicholas Bulger was killed in the line of duty Friday morning when a roadside bomb rocked the armoured vehicle he was in west of Kandahar. Four other soldiers were also injured in the deadly blast.

Bulger is being remembered by commanding officers as “tough yet thoughtful, dedicated to his profession and fiercely loyal.”

“We will also mourn collectively, but will do so without losing sight of the mission in Afghanistan and the noble work that CF members continue to do on behalf of their fellow countrymen and of the vast majority of Afghans who strive for nothing more than the most fundamental human rights. Cpl Nicholas Bulger wouldn’t have had it any other way,” Commanding Officer Peter Dawe said in a weekend statement.

A member of Edmonton-based 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, Bulger, 30, is survived by his wife, Rebeka, and young daughters, four-year-old Brookelyn and two-year-old Elizabeth.