Sergeant John Stanley Clarke was added to our list of Fallen. He was killed in action on 4 November 1917, while serving with 48th Battery, 2nd Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery. He was a member of the Vancouver Volunteer Reserve and was attested for overseas service with the 68th Overseas Depot Battery. He sailed for England as a member of the 62nd Battery, 15th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery on 16 September 1916. On arrival in France on 17 March 1917, he was taken on strength with the 2nd Brigade.
Lest we forget
The Distinguished Conduct Medal was awarded to the Battery Sergeant Major 5th Canadian Siege Battery, Canadian Garrison Artillery. This battery is perpetuated by the 15th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA. The citation for Battery Sergeant Major John Arthur Ware DCM reads:
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on many occasions under heavy shell fire. His unfailing courage, energy and cheerfulness greatly assisted to inspire all ranks with him.
Lest we forget
The Commanding Officer, Lieutenant-Colonel Nick Watts presents Bombardier stripes to Bombardier Christopher Tse and Private Priscilla Wong receives her first stripe.
5th Canadian Siege Battery, Canadian Garrison Artillery
The annual reunion held in Montreal was reported in the Montreal Gazette, 7 November 1938.
Lieutenant Frank Randolph May M.C.
The Gazette from Montreal, carried an article on the awarding of the Military Cross to Lieutenant May.
Recently came across some photos of the uniform worn by Bombardier Harold Poyser of the 5th Canadian Siege Battery. The metallic 5 on the epaulette for the battery designation followed by CGA for Canadian Garrison Artillery. On the sleeve is the rectangular red patch indicating the 2nd Brigade over the Canadian Corps Heavy Artillery (CCHA) with the Lance Bombardier chevron underneath and the three service stripes at the bottom. The lapel features the Universal Grenade despite the fact that the Canadian Artillery adopted a more stylized grenade with Canada underneath in 1907. This uniform is owned by the Bowden Pioneer Museum, Alberta. A similar one would be an excellent addition to the 15th Field Artillery Regiment Museum and Archives and all members are encouraged to contact me ASAP if they were to locate one that was available. See more here...
Gunner Allan Gow Carruthers enlisted with the 68th Overseas Depot Battery in February 1916. He was a jeweler and owner of the A.G. Carruthers Jewellers. In the Second World War he served with 201 Battery 11th (Reserve) Anti-Aircraft Regiment, RCA.
Gunner Frank George Hickling served with 15th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery and the 5th Canadian Siege Battery during his service in the First World War. His granddaughter has recently found our online nominal roll and provided us with his photo. In return, we have linked her up with our copy of the War Diary so her family can read about her grandfather's experiences.
The 1980s are now online. Looking for feedback if I missed your name, a significant episode during that decade or if you've got a better picture hiding at home. Check it out here. Send me an email to email@example.com
Bombardier (ret'd) Eric Halstead has been diligently at work tracing the history of some of our early members. The latest additions are:
Gunner William James Morgan Campbell
Gunner Harry John Cannell
Have you checked out your nominal roll information? Is it correct?
Photos have been added to the Chilliwack Rifle Exercise page here. The photos include a group photo with 1, Major Ian Newby, Second Lieutenant Graeme Stewart, Captain John Hawthorne, 5, 6, Lieutenant Dave Anderson, Major John Jessop, 9, Bombardier Kevin Walker, Master Bombardier Keith Laing, Master Bombardier Colin Parkinson, Master Bombardier Brad Shorey. In addition we have a photo with Lieutenant-Colonel John MacGregor, Major Bob Mugford and Major John Jessop. The final picture is that of the inevitable end of ex clean up at Bessborough Armoury featuring Bombardier Doug Johnston, 2, Master Bombardier Keith Laing, Captain CI Young, Geoff Wilkie, Master Bombardier John McClelland, 7. Can you help to identify the missing names?
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