Corporal John Griffith, MM has been added to our list of Military Medal awards. he enlisted with the 68th Overseas Depot Battery, Canadian Field Artillery and served in France and Belgium with the 2nd Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery. There are no details recorded on his citation card of the event 9 November 1918. The Province newspaper provided a story in the 20 December 1918 edition.
Gunner Joseph Graydon appears in the newspaper as he marries in England and then returns to France for the remainder of the war. Gunner Graydon appears in the newspapers a few more times over the years. In 1950 as the Chairman of the Toc H Charity and with comments concerning a proposed pistol ban in 1954. Can you pick him out in 1916 group photos?
Lots of news clippings have been added to 1922. A baseball team was formed, rifle team stood up, 31st Battery won the Governor-General's Cup for the best battery in Canada. Plus, the Commanding Officer advised Ottawa that 15th Brigade was ready to deploy if required in the Near East. I hadn't realized the world was that tense in 1922. See more here....
This was a very exciting year for the 15th Brigade. They had received their guns, recruiting was working well, they had a home at the Horse Show building, the Sergeants' Mess was organized, Captain Perry submitted a proposal for Vimy Ridge that made it to the final decision round, they held a smoker, and they were planning their first summer camp - All they needed was 200 horses and they would move from the Horse Show building (near Stanley Park) to Crescent Beach near White Rock. Two days there, one day rest and two days to return. Quite the plan. Unfortunately, a lack of horses and a review of the plan prompted a switch to Hastings park. This was still a considerable move considering none of the horses had ever been hitched to an 18 pounder... Check out all the news clippings here.
Commanding Officer's Parade
Russell Heyman has provided some additional photos from our time in Garrison Dress. The Reviewing officer, Honorary Lieutenant Colonel Ron Webster on the dais. Master Warrant Officer Mark Jackson at the flag pole. Seated are Honorary Colonel Bill Wicket, Commanding Officer Lieutenant-Colonel John Brownlee-Baker, Regimental Sergeant Major Chief Warrant Officer Vic Yano. In the band we have Sergeant Dwayne Nelson, Bombardier Mike Meszaros, Bombardier Vern Griffiths, Bombardier Jim Sanyshyn and Master Bombardier Ari Wise. Check out the other photos on the 1992 page.
A couple more photos from Yakima in 1982. The RHQ staff taking its turn in a tug-of-war with Captain CI Young as umpire. The second shows the mock hanging of Warrant Officer Brian Hill with Captain Frank Forbes the Medical Officer, adjusting the noose with Second Lieutenant Glen Watson and Captain Ian Newby in support. More photos here!
Congratulations to newly promoted Chief Warrant Officer Heidi Twellmann on her new appointment as Music Branch CWO. She was a member of the 15th Field Artillery Regiment Band in the early 1990s. Any volunteers to go back into the archives and find me a photo when she was a Bombardier?
Members of the unit were recognized by the Commanding Officer, Lieutenant-Colonel Nick Watts and the Regimental Sergeant Major, Chief Warrant Officer Rob Garrett for the successful completion of their DP1 courses. Gunner Thomas Antrim Gunner Huessner, Gunner Karis Mischenko, Gunner Bryce Pugh and Private Priscilla Wong. Well done! Check out the other 2020 happenings here!
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