It's amazing how one decision can lead to hours of work. Today's task was to update the BCs and BSMs page. Simple task, should only take an hour. WRONG! First big piece of research was to ensure that the battery name changes over the years were recorded. (Most of them are in there but I have no idea of the 102nd Coast or the Vancouver Coast Regiments Battery designations) Second research item was going through the Militia Lists looking for the names of the Battery Commanders (WOW, there was a lot of information there!) Third research item was looking deeper into two of the battery Commanders that I did not have previously listed. Major Percy Curran Tees who stood up the 1st Ant-Aircraft Regiment, RCA, stood up 6th Field Regiment, RCA and took them to Europe and then became promoted to Brigadier and appointed CRA! The Other Battery Commander was Major Walter Court Hyde who took 68 Battery to North Russi and then went on to also being promoted Brigadier, the CRA for 4th Canadian Armoured Division and the Chief of Staff Pacific Command towards the end of the war. They both had very impressive careers!
There still a lot of holes in the list. Let me know if you have any information that can fill them!
The Militia List for 1924 has been placed on-line with new names for the nominal roll.
Adventures in Yakima in 1979 is now up on that page including some of the following photos.
Scanned the 1922 Militia List Part 1 and placed it in the 1922 Yearbook.
There's always some interesting additions whenever a new piece of our history is found.
In this case I found three members that had been awarded the Military Cross for their service in the First World War. These were Lieutenant N Hess MC, Major H.L. McPherson MC and Captain A.L. Wilson MC.
I also discovered a second Distinguished Service Order that had been awarded to Major David Neal Hossie DSO. In addition, he was awarded the Order of the White Eagle from Serbia. I'm sure there is more to the story that is still to be discovered.
The Militia List also gave the names of the the Majors in each of the Batteries and I'm assuming that that would indicate their role as Battery Commander.
The year is 1896, before the birth of the 15th Brigade, C.F.A. In Vancouver there was a unit called the 2nd Battalion, Fifth Regiment, C.A. There guns can be seen mounted out front of the Beatty Street Drill Hall. We have photos of them on parade through the streets of Vancouver with an impressive crowd of onlookers.
One wonders how well they were trained and what sort of training did they receive. Take a look at the attached "Battalion Memo" and you can see that they appear to be very well organized. "The following detail of Drill for season 1896-7 is published for the guidance of all ranks".
Updated Lieutenant-Colonel Gary Bailey's nominal roll entry with career information he provided.
Added two new names to the nominal roll.
Captain Oliver Alexander Mowat was awarded the Military Cross for his action with the Canadian Siberian Expeditionary Force. He was a member of 68 Battery and was killed in action. He will be featured in more detail as I go through the war diary of the CSEF.
Gunner Robert George Mellish enlisted with the 68th Depot Battery and served overseas for a time with the 15th Brigade Canadian Field Artillery.
I've added another Dieppe veteran to the nominal roll. Sergeant Waddy started in 15th (Vancouver) Coast Brigade RCA and transferred over to 16th Light Anti-Aircraft as a Gunner to go overseas. He was taken prisoner at Dieppe and his story is told in his obituary from 2004 and in a Legion article posted in the 1942 yearbook.
Gunner John Robertson Wilson is a sad tale of a Gunner who took his life on the trip to Yorke Island as he was distraught over the loss of a girlfriend.
I also came across several names in various reports that have been entered with little detail. I'm sure more will come in the future. These include Captain AL Foreman, Second Lieutenant WJ Jeffrey, Gunner JM Barber, Gunner Dickinson and Gunner JJ Tolhurst.
The nominal roll is now at 1,401 names. Have I missed yours?
Four new names to add to the nominal roll:
Major James Hector Sutherland was a member of the 15th Brigade since 1928, a Vancouver City Policeman who volunteered for overseas service. Subsequently posted to 1st Ant-Tank Regiment, RCA and was killed in action in Italy.
Sergeant Ronald Clare Underhill joined 15th (Vancouver) Coast Brigade, RCA while his father was the Commanding Officer, He volunteered for overseas service and was subsequently posted to 2nd Field Regiment, RCA and was killed in action in Italy.
Sergeant Murray Clarence Van Norman joined 1st Anti-Aircraft Regiment, RCA, He volunteered for overseas service and was subsequently posted to 7 Anti-Tank Regiment, RCA and was killed in action in Italy.
Gunner John Edward Vallillee joined 15th (Vancouver) Coast Brigade, RCA after having served with the Canadian Field Artillery in the First World War. Died of a heart attack at the Stanley Park Battery and is buried at Mountain View.
Four names added to the nominal roll.
Gunner William Robert Smith drowned during a recreational swim below the Point Grey Fort.
Lance Bombardier Kaighin and Gunner Henderson were with him at the time.
Bombardier Robert Dixon Spring enlisted with 15th (Vancouver) Coast Brigade, RCA before transferring to 6th Field Regiment, RCA. He died in France in 1944.