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The Colonel Commandant of The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery, Brigadier-General (ret'd) Dave Patterson visited Vancouver on the weekend of 2/3 December 2023. His itinerary included the Regimental Museum, the Point Grey Battery and the Stanley Park Battery. The Vancouver weather was absolutely superb for the Saturday visit. Check out the story here.
The BFG has returned! Actually its twin has returned! The museum has recently been gifted the twin of the BFG which was destroyed on 1 Jul 1974. Check out the story here.
Gunner George McCullock, MM was born in Woodstock, Ont. 23 Jul 1891. He was a bank clerk and enlisted with the 77th Depot Battery, Canadian Field Artillery, CEF. He was awarded the Military Cross while serving with the 31st Battery, 9th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery, CEF His citation reads:
For distinguished conduct and devotion to duty. During an intense bombardment 28th of March 1918, a dugout in which were Gunner McCULLOCK and another man, was hit, and caved in. These two men though stunned, and gassed, succeeded in digging themselves out, immediately after which they started to dig out a second dugout which had also been done in, burying Gnr HEWSON. They worked for over thirty minutes under most intense shell fire, before they succeeded in rescuing HEWSON who, undoubtedly would have been smothered had he remained as he was a few minutes longer.
Gunner McCullock was killed in action 8 August 1918 at the age of 27 and is interred at the Hourges Orchard Cemetery, Domart-Sur-La-Luce, Somme, France, grave B,21.
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A former member of the 43rd Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, RCA has recently passed away. His obituary has been placed in the 2023 yearbook.
Lest We Forget
The unit conducted a C7 PWT3 Range as part of the annual training for individual soldiering. Check out the other photos in the 2023 yearbook page.
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Sergeant (ret'd) Dave Urquhart found an interesting photo from 1947 when the Bessborough Armoury was utilized as a makeshift postal sub-station. Check out the other stories in 1947 here.
Source: Montreal Gazette
Additional photos of Darren Kostinuk and Ian Smith from Aldergrove Remembrance Day parade have been added.