Travelling through Savannah, Georgia and I came across the Washington Guns. I took a photo of the two plaques so you can get the whole story.
Just received a few photographs from the March exercise in Yakima. Have you got additional photos? There's lots of room in the 2017 Yearbook for your photos!
Part II Orders indicated that unit personnel attended 10 days camp training at Sarcee Camp from 15 to 24 Jul 1955.
The photographs are from the Vic Stevenson slide collection and were marked Summer Camp 195X. Were these photographs from the 1955 camp?
Who is that leading the Band?
Who is Sergeant Land? He is also standing to the side of the CP photo. Who is the Second Lieutenant with him? Questions! Questions! Questions! Anybody have any answers? Check out the other photos in the 1955 Yearbook.
6 Pdr Anti Tank Gun
The Kerrisdale Legion Branch is moving from their current location and merging with the Billy Bishop. We have now taken possession of the 6pdr and it has been moved to John Hawthorne’s facility for refurbishing. The Legion branch called the other day asking if we would take the two concrete mounting blocks which would be handy if we decide to mount the gun in front of the Armoury. We need 3-4 guys (in good shape) and a pickup truck to get the blocks from the Legion and move to the Armoury. They have been pulled out of the ground so it is just a matter of putting them into a vehicle and taking them to the Armoury. This has to be done by the end of the month. Any volunteers?? Contact Bob Mugford at Bob.Mugford@icloud.come
Change of Command Parade
The CO has asked us to take the FAT and 25pdr out to the Change of Command parade which take place on May 13 on the field west of the Museum of Anthropology. They want the gun in position by 1100hrs. The FAT/Gun will parked and left hooked in. We could use a couple of volunteers to help out. All former members and Association members are invited to attend the parade. Haven’t heard yet if they will want us on parade. Dress will be blazer and gray slacks (blue beret, if you have one), medals. The invitation will be in the next newsletter
25 pdr detachment training
John Brownlee-Baker is available on the following weekends to conduct detachment training - April 1, 15 (Easter weekend) and 22. If interested, please indicate which of the dates you would be available for and we will set up for the date most can attend. There will be more dates in May/June when John gets his next schedule
The Regiment fired a salute for the visit of the Prince and Princess of Wales as they arrived in Vancouver for the opening of Expo 86 in May 1986.
Albert Head in 1969. The combat uniform was not on issue to the Reserves and required a stop at the local surplus store.
Apologies for the tardiness of my posts! The 2017 road trip hasn't been conducive to spending lengthy time on line. There's been good friends to visit with, miles to drive and some very poor connectivity at times.
We did spend the night on Dauphin Island, Alabama. It's home to the 150 year old Fort Gaines and remembered from the naval battle of Mobile Bay where the Union Admiral used the phrase, "Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!".
The first Europeans to settle the area were the French, followed by the British and then the Spanish before being sold to the United States. The The fort was built as the state of Alabama was brought into the Union. It was held by the Confederates before falling in the Battle of Mobile Bay.
It's armaments were upgraded in the First World War, but it was only used as a training establishment in the Second World War.
The Fort has wooden bunkbeds for use by Scouts and other groups that may wish to use the facility. During our stay on the Island, a local World War II re-enactment club was in attendance with both American and German uniforms and equipment.
Captain (ret) Noel Dykes has provided some additional photos from his lengthy career. These include 1994 with ADATS, 1984 with Blowpipe and 1982 with the C1 howitzer.
Lieutenant Colonel (ret) Gary Bailey has provided some additional names for the 1983 reunion picture. 69: Capt.(ret) Snowy Thrussell, 71: Maj.(ret) Tom Eckford, 84. Capt(ret)Tom Clark 89: Lt.(ret) Ian Seymour, 103. LCol (ret) Doug Elsdon 104. LCol (ret) Bud Garrett , 105. WO (ret) Al Sweet, 113. Maj(ret) Ron Abbott 117. Maj. (ret) Julian Kirstiuk, 119. Pastor Wynne Robinson, 122. Maj. (ret) Emerson Short
Can you help me fill in some more?