Gunner (ret'd) Sevan Ashikian has forwarded some photos from his time in the Regiment. I've posted them on a separate page in the hopes that you can assist in dating them and providing additional information . Check them out here!
More photos from Peter Moogk's collection and the May 1980 live fire exercise in Ft Lewis. It was on the Sunday morning at 8:30 when Mt St Helene's erupted.
We have all the names listed in our 1980 Ft Lewis page except for the one Gunner beside Warrant officer Gordie Wright. Do you know she is?
Sergeant (ret'd) Colin Parkinson came across a YouTube clip from our Yakima exercise in 2000. Check out the other photos from that year here.
The Colonel Commandant of The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery has promoted a program established by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) to commemorate our fallen in a virtual but most meaningful way.
The CWGC's gardeners in Normandy have offered to place a tribute next to the headstone of each grave or at the foot of the Bayeux Memorial in response to individual requests from those wishing to pay homage.
We have a list of Gunners and would like to ensure that we take a moment to reflect on the ultimate sacrifice that they gave to Canada. I would ask you to pick a name and then go to www.cwgc.org/share-your-tribute/normandy-tribute.to register their name online.
Once completed, please come back to our Facebook page and advise us of the name you chose. Submissions must be done by 31 May 2020!
Lest we forget!
Svc Number, Rank, Forename, Surname, Unit, Cemetery
(Bolded names have yet to be sponsored)
H66523, Gunner Joseph Arthur Elwood Kinnaird, 3 Anti-Tank Regt., Bretteville-sur-Laize
K76810, Gunner Albert Lloyd, Kinney, 3 Lt. A.A. Regt., Bretteville-sur-Laize
B127602, Sergeant Murray Oliver Kirby, 19 Field Regt., Beny-sur-Mer, Reviers
C48711, Gunner Clare D. Kleinsteuber, 2 Anti-Tank Regt., Bretteville-sur-Laize
0, Lieutenant William Ward Knapp, 4 Field Regt., Bretteville-sur-Laize
B17883, Gunner Albert James Knott, 2 Survey Regt., Beny-sur-Mer, Reviers
M35620, Gunner Alphonse A. Kovar, 15 Field Regt., Beny-sur-Mer, Reviers
A31250, Lance Bombardier Gordon Charles Kritzer, 4 Lt. A.A. Regt., Beny-sur-Mer, Reviers
L103768, Gunner Harry Kuntz, 5 Anti-Tank Regt., Beny-sur-Mer, Reviers
M55980, Gunner Paul P. Kurucz, 5 Anti-Tank Regt., Bretteville-sur-Laize
A33151, Gunner Edward Louis Kutz, 7 Medium Regt., Beny-sur-Mer, Reviers
C38729, Sergeant John A. La Chapelle, 5 Anti-Tank Regt., Bretteville-sur-Laize
H12141, Bombardier Douglas W. Laird, Bretteville-sur-Laize
A32125, Gunner William T. Lambourn, 2 Anti-Tank Regt., Bretteville-sur-Laize
L35116, Gunner Clair Willis Lamont, 21 Bty., 6 Field Regt., Bretteville-sur-Laize
B15538, Gunner Gordon W. Langford, 8 Lt. A.A. Regt., Bretteville-sur-Laize
L100505, Gunner Robert Ellis Lawrence, 3 Anti-Tank Regt., Beny-sur-Mer, Reviers
H66722, Gunner Norman Robert Lawrie, 2 Anti-Tank Regt., Bretteville-sur-Laize
B11232, Lance Sergeant William T. Mercer, 12 Field Regt., Beny-sur-Mer, Reviers
B11928, Gunner George Suddaby, 12 Field Regt., Beny-sur-Mer, Reviers
A35353, Sergeant Thomas Raymond Sutcliffe, 12 Field Regt., Beny-sur-Mer, Reviers
H60706, Gunner Carl C. Thomsen, 12 Field Regt., Bretteville-sur-Laize
We've updated the information that we have on Bombardier Albert Augustsen. Check out his nominal roll entry here Nom Roll Ank - Azz We've also added him to our Medals and Awards page Honours and Awards in recognition of his Meritorious Service Medal, noted his enrolment announcement in the newspaper 1916 - 68 Depot and his death in 1946
Thanks to MGen (ret'd) Stu McDonald and Bdr (ret'd) Eric Halstead, we're adding additional insight into our many former members. Would you like to join the research team?
Lest we forget!
The Change of Command certificate and Lieutenant-Colonel Pierre Lajoie's Commanding Officer certificate have been uploaded on the 2020 yearbook page.
(I'm not sure why the uploaded as black and white documents as they did start in colour - ed)
Don't forget our Virtual Lunch on Zoom today. Check the calendar for details.
Fort Lewis Live Fire Exercise
Major (Ret'd) Peter Moogk has provided some additional photos from the Smoker after the Live fire Exercise in Fort Lewis in May of 1980. Check out the other photos here.
We are now in the possession of the medals of Signaller Harold Cordyn Brown, MM. Our next fundraising target is to return Bombardier Mann's medals to our Artillery Museum. All donations are tax deductible. Additional information can be found here.
Candle Light Dinner
The Vancouver Artillery Association held it's first ever Candle Light Dinner on 23 May 2020. Due to the COVID-19 situation, the dinner was held virtually on the Zoom platform. The turnout of guests was light, possibly due to the easing of the social distancing rules, but those guests that did attend enjoyed the formal aspect of the dinner. It may not quite have run as a well-orchestrated Regimental Dinner, but the trumpet calls and toasts were maintained. The evening was deemed as a success with hopes that we would conduct another in the near future. In the meantime, the Association is looking into a Virtual Barbecue for Canada Day! Check out the details here.
Change of Command
Lieutenant-Colonel Pierre Lajoie, CD turned over command of the 15th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA to Lieutenant-Colonel Nick Watts, CD on 23 May 2020. The 39 Canadian Brigade Group Commander, Colonel Paul Ursich, CD supervised the handover. Check out the other photos and the video here.