We're working on the wording for our next set of collectable cards. Point Grey Fort, Stanley Park Fort, Yorke Island and Narrows North. Expected cost $250.00 for 4 sets of 200 each. Would you like to help get our story to the public? Check out our Quartermaster page here.
Some additional photographs from Gord Croucher have been added to the Cougar Salvo 1996 page. I can identify Sergeant Drew Bartlett, Bombardier James Coolie, Gunner Lyle Erickson, Gunner John Oulette. Can you identify others? Check them out here...
new pictures have been uploaded of the Colonel Commandant, Major General H.A. Sparling CBE, DSO, CD reviewing the troops on parade at the Seaforth Armoury. The Commanding Officer, Lieutenant-Colonel Barrie Clemons awarded the clasp to his Canadian Forces' Decoration. Major Gary Bailey awarded his Canadian Forces' Decoration.
The parade was completed with the firing of the miniature cannons. See more photos here...
One of the issues on Yorke Island is the transportation of veterans and others that may be mobility challenged. In addition, much of the work on the island is done in the Fort area resulting in the requirement to move all the equipment up the hill. There was certain 5 gal jerry can that almost did your president in while carrying it up the hill! The solution seems to be the purchase of a John Deere Gator™HPX615E. Our non-profit society discounted price comes out to $14,983.30 taxes in. The concept is that the Gator would be housed in Sayward, loaded up and transported to Yorke Island via the usual landing craft and returned after every use. Would you like to donate to this worthwhile cause? Charitable tax receipts will be issued. Please use interac e-transfer and send to firstname.lastname@example.org Check out our Quartermaster Stores page here.
Captain Robert Spring's obituary has been placed in the 2021 yearbook page. Bob was a member of the 15th Field Artillery Regiment from 1959 until 1962 and from 1964 until 1967. He was a long time Associate Member of the Mess, a Director and an active volunteer with the Regimental Museum Society and a member of the Vancouver Artillery Association.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them
Major Piercy OC hands over to Major Dumoulin, 266 pers, small arms ammunition, bring to rounds, Clarence Island clearing, electric light plant operators, apparatus illuminating DRF, retreat drill and flag lowering, water conservation, RCAF cooperation, training equipment, bread baking, leave details, political influence, dress, pump issues, Smoking Concert, torch request, gun shelters, training syllabus, Board of Officers, Regimental Institute Tea, faulty cartridge damage, 6 pdr location, gun drill.
Find all the Yorke Island War Diaries here.
We have a former Regina Rifleman, Sergeant John Swityk, is celebrating his 100th birthday in a week. Some of his neighbours have suggested that a few veterans in period outfits, or current serving members, would certainly make his day and show that his participation on 6 June 1944 has not been forgotten.
Would you like to help out? It will probably be a Tuesday morning at 11:00. Langley Township. Send me an email at email@example.com for additional details if you're interested. (Don't mention it to Sergeant Swityk - it's a secret!)
Major Dumoulin OC handed over to Major Piercy, 226 pers, water pump broke, vehicle pennants, challenge drill, moving pictures, arcs of fire, testing of fire circuits, datuming auto-sights, DRF datuming, bounds, AWOL incident, ammo recesses, militia service cipher, good conduct badge, boxing tournament, dress, 1st Cdn Armoured Brigade draft, break step, permission to marry, bring to rounds, searchlight installation, boat maintenance, gambling, beer consumption, electric lighting plant, baker pay, wharf addition, cable trenches, Maxim machine gun, lanyards, mess insurance, night firing practice. Check out the complete story here.
The 192 Construction Engineering Flight will be providing community assistance with work on Yorke Island that includes reinforcing the integrity of the columns supporting the overhead cover over the gun emplacements. Our trip last week included the photographing of the columns. These have been shared with 192 CEF on this page here. In addition, I've added a few videos to the page showing Marine Link's Aurora Explorer which will be transporting their equipment, the condition of the beach at the landing and the long trail up to the fort. Enjoy!
Uploaded more photos from our latest Yorke Island adventure. Check out some of the excitement that you missed out on. MREs and whisky....Mmmmmm
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