It's time to take the museum vehicles out for a drive! The gaskets and seals start to dry out from inactivity and the gasoline goes sour. The plan is to meet at Bessborough at 1300 hrs on 6 June 2021. Covid conditions are still in effect so we are limited to how many can meet at the armoury - I only have room for two more! Interested in joining the reenactors group? Send me an email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Other Covid restrictions will include:
- Masks to be worn
- Proper distancing whenever possible
- Frequent handwashing
This event will postponed if it rains on Sunday. The Field Artillery Tractor brakes do not handle the rain very well, the 3/4 Ton windshield is notorious for water leakage and the Iltis tarp has been removed for the summer!
Ubique 150 Video
Another great video! Thanks to former Gunners Russ Heyman and Phil Comparelli for an outstanding video.
Ubique 150 Videos
Have you seen the great videos that were created by Gunners across Canada? They're being released in batches of three on the Ubique 150 website here. Our own 15th Field Artillery Regiment Band production is now public. Great work! Another 3 videos from across Canada will be released later today.
The Fallen - Gunner Frederick Kitson
Added Gunner Frederick Kitson to our list of Fallen. Gunnere Kitson served with the 5th Canadian Siege Battery and died from endocarditis on 19 September 1917. He is buried at Étaples Military Cemetery, France. He left behind his wife, Catherine, daughter Eva and son Clifford.
They shall not be forgotten.
25 Pounder Panoramic Telescope
The following is listed online
WW2 Royal Canadian Artillery Dial Sight QF 25 Pound Gun 1944
WW2 Royal Canadian Artillery Dial Sight QF 25 Pound Gun. Constructed of brass and steel with a portion of the original black finish remailing The optics are very clear and crisp with no damage and the 4 cross hairs in place. Marked to the top of the dial, "No.9 Mk.I, C.O.S. 127 M.A., R.E.L. Canada 1944" These sights were mounted on the QF 25 pound gun used through World War II.
$650.00 + tax+freight from Calgary
Is it a worthwhile buy?
Do we have any members willing to donate either a portion or the complete amount?
Charitable tax receipt would be purchased.
Bombardier Cox - May 2019
Dockworker strikes in England have delayed the return of Canadian soldiers back home. Bombardier Cox is back in familiar Witley Camp and its been 6 months since the war ended. Check out three of his letters here.
Yourk Island War Diary - Jul 1941
Maj Piercy OC, potato & turnip quality, bring to round, ammunition, diesel engine, Union Steamship return fare, stores discrepancy, Lions Gate Riding & Polo Club donation, clothing concerns, man overboard, navigation buoy, lighting plant report, water supply, port war signal station, 155mm gun suggestion, Ford truck 15cwt F15, ammunition expenditure, library books, haircuts, grenades, barbed wire, motor vehicle licenses, desertions. Check out the complete story here...
Bombardier Cyrus Burchell 1896-1947
Bombardier Eric Halstead continues to do some outstanding work in reviewing the lives of some of our former Gunners. Our latest finds are some additional highlights in the life of Bombardier Burchell. After serving with the Trench Mortars in France and the 68th Battery in Northern Russia, he enrolled at Notre Dame University and played inter mural footbal during the time of Knute Rockne. After graduation, he was hired on by the Edmonton Separate School Board and was a key figure in their sports program.
Lest we forget.
RCA Standing Orders
WHOA, remember my comment about being a draft copy? Turns out that its not ready for public release just yet. I'll upload it as soon as the final copy comes in.
The latest edition of The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery Standing Orders has now been uploaded on our reference page. I have labelled this edition as a draft copy as there appears to be numerous areas incomplete. Of significant change is the acceptance of Ceremonial Patrol Dress for serving members. It appears that the rule regarding retired members not wearing items authorizr=ed for current servig members may limit them to regimental blazers or tuxedos for dinners in the future. Maybe we should adopt the "Full Gunner Blazer" as the standard? Mind you, I did not see this style of jacket mentioned in the Standing Orders.
Yearbook Update - 2009
Ross Keller from the 85Vics provides a tour of Yorke island in June of 2009 to a group consisting of his son Tre, some friends, and the Director of Public Programs at the Campbell River Museum, Ken Blackburn. Check out the photos here.