The 15th Canadian Field Regiment in World War II was formed from 17th Battery in Winnipeg, 95th Battery in Calgary, and the 110th Battery from Broadview Saskatchewan. Therefore it has no connection with the 15th Brigade Canadian Field Artillery Brigade in Vancouver which had been mobilized as the 15th (Vancouver) Coast Brigade. It was quite a surprise to notice that a map in their Regimental history had Vancouver BC indicated. Further review found that, "On the west coast, during his visit to the coast brigades Colonel Park filled a few more vacancies in RHQ, Lieutenant A.C.N Smith joined as adjutant; Captain W.G. Purdy was posted as regimental quartermaster and brought with him RQMS C.G. Smith.
Are you about to start on that summer task of cleaning out the garage? Lieutenant-Colonel Brent Purcell came across these great photos and they're now on-line in their respective years. Have you got any that you would like to share? Have you got that shoebox full that you you would loan us and we'll do the scanning?
Ex UNIFIED RESPONSE (2019)
Six members of the Light Urban Search and Rescue team attended , a disaster-response exercise run by the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Facility, in Indiana. The team were invited to attend as part of Vancouver Fire and Rescue Service’s Heavy Urban Search and Rescue Task Force One (TF1). The scenario involved responding to a major earthquake which had caused significant structural damage. The facility included unique and realistic sites like a partially collapsed parkade, an underground subway station—complete with four cars—and many partially collapsed buildings.
Canadian Forces Decoration Clasp x 3!
Master Warrant Officer Ken Surges was presented with a third bar for his Canadian Forces Decoration. The third bar is presented for reaching 42 years of service with in the Canadian Armed Forces. Congratulations, you've joined a select group!
More photos from France as the Second in Command, Major Nick Watts, participates in the ceremony at Point 67, a ridgeline 67 metres above sea level where Canadian, Irish, and British Artillery Batteries supported four operations leading up to the closing of the retreating routes for Germans in the Falaise Gap. Check out the other photos here.
The Gunner standard flies over Point 67 on Verrieres Ridge during the dedication of the Artillery Memorial to the Normandy Campaign. See more photos here.
2472 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps Annual Ceremonial Review
The Army Cadet Corps held their annual parade at Bessborough Armoury on 8 June 2019. A former Commanding Officer of the 15th Field Artillery Regiment, Major-General (Retired) Stuart McDonald was the Reviewing Officer. Captain Rob Wishnicki attended as the Commanding Officer's representative. Sergeant (Retired) Glenn Patterson proudly looked on as his grandson, Cadet Warrant Officer Aiden Patterson, acted as parade RSM.
More photos from the Second in Command have been added to the D-Day page. Check them out here. Have you signed up for the regimental Battlefield Tour 2020?
Another 16 photos have been placed on our D-Day commemoration page. Check them out here.