75th Anniversary of D-Day, June 6 1944
On 15 May Lieutenant-Colonel J. Pierre Lajoie CD, Commanding Officer, was presented with an engraved 25-pdr shell casing that had been recovered from the Falaise Gap, close to the former gun lines of the 12th Field Regiment, RCA. The occasion was the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landing in Normandy in which the 12th Fd participated, providing fire support for the advancing Canadian infantry. The sponsors of this presentation were those with family members in the 12th Field Regiment, RCA: Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel Don Foster, whose father Gunner Donald H. Foster was a signaller in the regiment, Sergeant [Retired] Ralph Webb, whose father Lieutenant-Colonel Roland Webb, DSO, was the 12th Field Regiment's CO, and Susan Moogk, a cousin of Captain Richard Le Sueur, MID, who was wounded while acting as a Forward Observation Officer in March 1945. The engraved shell casing will be on display, temporarily, in an exhibit case by the regimental museum's entrance.
The Vancouver Artillery Association will support the Westcoast Motorcycle Ride To Live -
Raising Funds And Awareness For Prostate Cancer event by providing museum vehicles for display on 26 May 2019 at Trev Deeley Motorcycles 1875 Boundary Rd, Vancouver, BC V5M 3Y7. Members of Western Command Military Vehicle History Society, Canadian Military Education Centre and other collectors are invited to join the display.
15th Field Artillery Regiment RCA officially changed berets from Army Green to Army Blue on 15 May 2019. See more...
Soldiers from 15th Field Artillery Regiment RCA and members of Vancouver's Urban Search and Rescue team at work on a simulated bridge collapse on Exercise Van Slam. The exercise focussed on Light Urban Search and Rescue training and brought together multiple agencies including the Canadian Armed Forces, Vancouver Urban Search and Rescue, Vancouver Police Department, and various local fire and rescue teams. See more...
BC Military Gala
Another very successful BC Army Gala on Saturday, 11 May at the Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver. Check out more photos here. Have you got some more to add?
Just discovered another regimental history mystery. Let me walk you through the issue. 15th Field Artillery Regiment RCA was amalgamated with the 43rd Medium Anti-Aircraft Regiment, RCA on 15 October 1959 and perpetuated the history of that regiment. The 43rd Medium Anti-Aircraft Regiment RCA was converted from the 43rd Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment RCA on 18 August 1955 and the 43rd Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment RCA wes redesignated from the 11th (Reserve) Anti-Aircraft Regiment RCA on 1 April 1946.
It's a long trail but it shows the path that our regimental history follows as we consider who was a member of the regiment in the past. On 6 May 1944 the Daily Orders Part II for the 11th (Reserve) Anti-Aircraft Regiment RCA lists those Other Ranks that were granted Subsistence Allowance (a payment for those on full-time service living outside of a base facility to pay for ffod and lodging) for the period 1 May 44 to 31 May 44.
On that list is K.415023 RSM Cook, G.P. who was later taken on strength of the 15th Coast Regiment RCA as a Warrant Officer Class II. On ancestry.ca I have discovered a photo of a Percy George Cook wearing an Artillery uniform.
Have I connected all the dots correctly? Is this yet another lost RSM from the past?
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