The September Social Event is confirmed for – Friday, 8 September 2023 at 1800 hrs. The actual name of the event will be Officers' Mess Autumn Cleanup Night! It is a casual event and may actually involve quite a bit of housekeeping. I have a mirror to install in the upstairs washroom and I thought we would go for a cleanup of all the cupboards in the kitchen, a dusting of the entire mess, polishing of the silverware and a washing of the bar floor and balcony. Sound like fun? We’ll barbecue some hors d’oevres and lay out some other munchies. Should be a lot of fun. Bring a friend…..
It was a bit of an adventure getting home. The ILTIS arrived Sunday just after lunch and we hustled down to Ross's place to drop off the generator and other tools. By the time we reached Nanaimo, both ferries were booking for Monday AM. However, Swartz Bay still had openings on the 8, 9 and 10 sailing. Thanks to the Malahat traffic jam, the camper barely made the 9 sailing while the ILTIS was stuck waiting for the delayed 10 sailing. It was 3:00 AM Monday by the time I got home. Check out the photos and video here.
All the various pieces came together last Friday night and we had an enjoyable couple of hours in the Officers' Mess. The only thing that was missing was YOU! Circle your calendars for the second Friday in September and we'll try it again!
That's Friday, September 8th, 2023 at 1900 hours. Bring your partner for some excellent conversation about what you've been up to over the summer. Open to both serving and retired. Casual attire.
Some of our former members participated in the Air Show highlighted some of the older Canadian Army equipment including the 15th Field Artillery Regiment Museum and Archives C1 155 mmHowitzer. Check out more photos in the 2023 Yearbook page.
There were many deceased Gunners laid to rest at Cassino including Major George Paxton Downie Cowan from Vancouver. Major Cowan was a member of the 68th Field Battery, 15th Field Brigade, CA prior to the war. He volunteered for service with the Canadian Active Service Force and joined the 1st Anti-Aircraft Regiment, RCA formed in Vancouver under Lt-Col Tees. He subsequently went overseas and served with 8th Army Field Regiment, 2nd Anti-Tank Regiment, 4th Field Regiment, 2nd Field Regiment and was killed in action while serving with the 3rd Field Regiment. Lest We Forget.
A total of 77 Canadian Gunners gravesites were visited. 15 from 2RCA, 15 from 3RCA, 14 from 1RCHA, 12 from 1A/T Regt, 4 from 4 A/T Regt, 4 from 17RCA, 3 from 2LAA, 2 from 1LAA, 2 from 11RCA and 1 each from 7A/T Regt, 8RCA, 5LAA, 1MedRCA and 1st Survey Regt. Their graves were found and their names and birthplaces read out. Lest we Forget. Ubique.