We've just hit the 5,000 mark in our listing of past and present members that have served with the 15th Field Artillery Regiment RCA!
The list includes 15th Field Artillery Regiment RCA, 43rd Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment RCA, 43rd Medium Anti-Aircraft Regiment RCA, 102nd Coast Regiment RCA, 15th (Vancouver) Coast Brigade RCA, 11th (Reserve) Anti-Aircraft Regiment RCA, 39th Field Regiment RCA and the 15th Brigade Canadian Field Artillery as well as 31 Field Battery CFA, 68th Field Battery CFA, 85th Field Battery CFA and the 5th Canadian Siege Battery CGA.
The list is far from complete!
Would you like to join the project?
1. Check out your own listing. Is it complete?
2. Check out the listing of any relative that served with the 15th. Is it complete?
3. Pick out a listing from World War I that appears incomplete. Go to Library and Archives Canada. Type in their Regimental number (or name). Browse their personnel file and transcribe the relevant information in a similar format to our other listings. Send me the info in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
13th Canadian Field Regiment RCA.
The regimental history of this World War II unit has been uploaded to our reference page. The Regiment was the second Canadian artillery Regiment to come ashore on 6 June 1944.
1) Can you find any connection to the current 15th Field Artillery Regiment RCA?
2) Can you name a famous Canadian that was a member of the 13th Canadian Field Regiment RCA?
Came across an unusual entry in the 11th (Reserve) Anti-Aircraft Regiment RCA Routine Orders from 22 February 1945. Under L.H.Q. Training Pay they have the names of those reservists that paraded during the previous month. The unusual entry was for one soldier:
K. 417659 Williams, H.D. MC 18 Days A/L/Bdr
It's not often that you find an Acting Lance Bombardier with a Military Cross!
Skimming through the 1st Anti-Tank Regiment RCA war diaries from 26 Aug 1944 I found the following entries rather interesting:
1. Consider all sources of water as contaminated!
2. Do not drink the local milk!
3. We're switching from imported beer to local beer!
Major James Hector Sutherland, a former member of the 5th Medium Battery, 15th Brigade Canadian Artillery from 1928 and a Vancouver City Policeman from 1930 is buried at the Montecchio British Empire cemetery. in Italy. He rose through the ranks to Battery Sergeant Major before commissioning as he enrolled in the Canadian Active Service Force. He was killed in action on 28 August 1944 and the following excerpts from the 3rd Anti-Tank Regiment RCA War Diaries provide a bit of insight into the days after his death.
This information came from a recently discovered site heritage.canadiana.ca which has a large collection of World War II War Diaries. Unfortunately, I could not find an index. It would be greatly appreciated if someone could point that out for me. If it doesn't exist, I could sure use a volunteer to help me finish off the attached index....
Captain Alan Ronald Townsley has been added to our list of fallen. Captain Townsley enrolled in the 58th Heavy Battery as a Gunner and spent some time with the 85th Battery on Yorke Island. He was commissioned and volunteered for overseas service with the 3rd and 5th Medium Regiments RCA before transferring to the 3rd Anti-Tank Regiment RCA. While in England, he married Helen Ruth Plumb, a Red Cross volunteer from North Vancouver. It was during the operations to secure the crossing of the Rhine that he died of the wounds received in action (burned with petrol) on 29 March 1945.
Captain Townsley was the son of a former Commanding Officer, Lieutenant-Colonel William Allen Townsley OBE, MC
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Officer Cadet Program
The Officer Cadet Programme Command Contingent Method B consisted of two consecutive years of training (1956, 1957)at the Royal Canadian School of Artillery in Shilo, MB. Officer Cadets Del Hyatt, Barrie Hamilton and Gary Bailey were all in different units at this time but they would all end up in 15th Field Regiment RCA in the future.
14 Apr 2020 - We've had a pledge for an additional $30.00 and our total is now at $300.00!
Two new entries have been made on the Military Medal page - Bombardier Randolph Amos Mann, MM and Signaller Harold Cordyn Brown, MM.
You can find their information in our online nominal roll.
Are you interested in joining our funding drive to purchase their medals?
Former member in Korea
Captain Angus Tierney was a member of 2nd Field Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery in Korea when he was Mentioned in Despatches.