Regimental Listing - RCA website
The RCA Association maintains the RCA website (rca-arc.org) on behalf of The Regiment. We've been working on the 15th Field Artillery Regiment page (https://rca-arc.org/15th-field-artillery-regiment-rca-2/) as a beta model. Please review and advise if you find any errors or omissions. email@example.com
M109 and M114 acquisition
National War Museum - Ottawa
The National War Museum in Ottawa is always a great visit. Free admittance for veterans and their guests. Free parking. Free lunch (actually a voucher that almost covers lunch).
A couple of items to point out:
-The 105mm Howitzer - Is it really a C2 as they state or is it a C1 with the muzzle swell?
-The 25 pounder shows the aiming posts that we need to acquire.
-The regularly scheduled "War Machines 2022" - should we promote something similiar in Vancouver next year?
Nobody was home at 6th Field, so we toured the Musée Le Régiment de la chaudière. Awesome display with a great layout. Some great ideas that we can use in our own museum.
Checking out the M114 - 155mm Howitzer mounted beside their armoury. My preference would be for one that is mobile with the ability to elevate and traverse.
It's been a few years since I've been on the gun line! Thanks to the Commanding Officer of 3rd Field Artillery Regiment (The Loyal Company), RCA we were invited to the badging ceremony for their new Gunners. Also went to the OP and watched the M-Star in action. Very foggy and very, very wet at the OP but "if it ain't raining, it ain't training" certainly described the day.
The Fallen - Lest we forget
Gunner Gerard William Larocque was added to our list of Fallen. He was taken on strength with 15th (Vancouver) Coast Regiment, RCA, CASF on 19 Sep 1942 and then volunteered with the 5th Anti-Tank Regiment, RCA, CASF on 11 May 1944. Gunner Larocque was killed in action 28 Aug 1944 and interred at Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery, Cintheaux, France.
The 15th Field Artillery Regiment Museum and Archives is in the process of acquiring several significant artefacts for its collection. The first artefact is an M109 155mm self propelled howitzer. Many Gunners in 15th Field Regiment were qualified on this gun during attachments with the 1st Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery. The second artefact is the 155mm C1A1 towed howitzer (also known as the M114) which 85th Battery, 15th Field Regiment, RCA was briefly outfitted with in 1964.
The good news is that we have acquired the two artefacts. The sad news is that they are currently sitting in Montreal at the Logistics Museum and we’re responsible to freight them out to Vancouver. The estimated cost is $15,000.00 to ship both items (est. 67,800 Lbs!) and were looking for supporters to chip in a few dollars. In return, you will receive a Canada Revenue Charitable tax receipt and your name recorded as a key supporter of this venture. We already have $1,000.00!
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Bombardier Patrick Julian Keoughan, MM has been added to our list of Military Medla awardees. He joined the Prince Edward Island Heavy Brigade, Canadian Garrison Artillery prior to World War 1. He subsequently volunteered for active service with the No. 5 Siege Battery, Canadian Garrison Artillery, CEF which was renamed 8th Siege Battery, Canadian Garrison Artillery, CEF. His citation card does not record the details for the award.