Warrant Officer Class I Hernert Hankins has been sponsored by Sgt (ret'd) Tony Gee. Warrant Officer Willard Purdy EM is the next one up for bid! $40.00 allows you to support our heritage. Check out the project page here.
Battery Sergeant Major George Chow was at the CN station for a D-Day commemoration. Check out the 2019 Yearbook for more photos
Sergeant Ken Keene remusters to the Royal Canadian Air Force as an Air Traffic Controller. Good luck on your future career! Check out the photos here.
Regimental 100th Birthday
The invitations are starting to roll out for our 100th Birthday to be held next year! Mark your calendars for the Birthday Party on Saturday, 1 February 2020. RSVP to Honourary Lieutenant-Colonel Don Foster. Also check out the plans for the 2020 European Battlefield Tour. Forward a copy onto your friends! They can join us in the celebration.
Basic Military Qualification Course 0852
Captain George Dempsey was the Course Officer for the BMQ course held at Bessborough Armoury. The photographer, Bombardier Albert Law is working at 39 Brigade HQ. See more photos here.
Orion 1-1 Launch
Great beer, great food, great music and a great cause! What more could a person want? More of the story to follow. See more photos here...
Another name has been added to our nominal roll. Lieutenant George John Tweedie Inch, MC was a member of 31st Battery, 9th Brigade Canadian Field Artillery 2 November 1917 to 17 February 1918 and was awarded the Military Cross after the war on 3 June 1919. There are no details regarding the action that earned him the medal however the following excerpts do mention his exploits on 9 Aug 1918:
Lieut. Inch, 31 Battery C.F.A., with section detailed to advance with and support the 4th CMRs, 5th CMRs. Lieut. Philpott, 33 Battery. Our infantry which had been held up between BEAUCOURT and LE QUESNIL during the previous evening, had asked for artillery support, the guns of the brigade opening up on LE QUESNIL at 4.30am. The 4th Canadian Division then rushed and took the town after sharp fighting about 6.00am. The two advanced sections followed up with the battalion commanders and greatly assisted the advance of our infantry. Lieut. Inch took up five positions during the day firing 138 rounds at close range.
Lieutenant Inch rejoined the military at the beginning of the Second World War and stood up the 12th Field Regiment RCA in September 1940.
Another member has been added to the nominal roll. Lieutenant Achilles Daunt Golden, MC was taken on strength with 31st Battery, 9th Brigade on 2 November 1917 and subsequently transferred to 25th Battery 6th Brigade Canadian Field Artillery on 12 February 1918 where he performed a gallant act for which he was awraded the Military Cross on 15 February 1919. You can read his citation on our Military Cross page here. Lietenant Golden was later severly wounded, losing his left arm to shellfire. However, his profile picture seems to indicate an older gentleman with possibly Major rank. Did he serve in World War II in some capacity?
Two additional names have been added to our nominal roll:
Gunner Arthur Grisdale
Gunner Charles John Letch
Their names were discovered while researching the 31st Battery, 8th Brigade War Diaries from World War I.
About 12.10 p.m. a cartridge exploded in the breech of No.2 gun of 31st Battery, blowing off the breech block and ring, and setting fire to the pit. The 300 odd rounds of ammunition in the pit started to explode and continued to do so for about 5 minutes. There were four men in the pit at the time of the the explosion. Two of these were killed in the pit, the other two being slightly wounded. Sergt. Simmons behaved most gallantly.
They are both buried at the Albert Communal Cemetery Extension in
Their names liveth for evermore