Our thoughts are with our Infantry brothers as they mourn the loss of one of theirs. Corporal James Choi. Rest in peace
COVID-19 has put a dent in our plans to spend a week (or two! or even three!) scouring the files at Library and Archives for Yorke Island information.
Any researchers in Ottawa willing to assist?
More Padre News!
In 2017, The Regimental Padre, Captain Steve Filyk accepted a position with St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Kamloops. Looks like The Rocky Mountain Rangers benefited from our loss!
Thanks to Lieutenant-Colonel Brent Purcell for providing additional information on these two fine gentlemen. Have you noticed something missing in the website? Send me the update at firstname.lastname@example.org
In The Navy
Lieutenant(N) Haupi Tombing joined 15th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA as our padre in March of 2013. He was with us until component transferring to the Navy in January 2015. Check out what he's been up to in the attached Hope in the Shadows magazine.
The Military Cross citation for Lieutenant George Victor Atkins, MC has been found!
He was a member of the 11th (Reserve) Anti-Aircraft Regiment, RCA in 1944. In the First World War, he enlisted as an Infantry soldier with the 195th Battalion, received a commission an was awarded the Military Cross while serving with the 102nd Canadian Infantry Battalion. His citation reads:
For most conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the operation near Blewart on Oct. 1st 1918. With only nineteen men he went forward and captured his objective in magnificent style from a vastly superior enemy. His objective captured he consolidated and with the eleven men now left effectively took up a defensive position at b willers and maintained his stand, inflicting casualties on the enemy. The same night he again distinguished himself by the manner in which he handled his relief. Throughout he set a splendid example to those under him.
(The wording "b willers" is the best guess deciphering of the handwriting - Can you read what it really says?)
Check out the other Military Cross awards here.
The 1929 Yearbook has been updated with news clipping stories that feature the start of training and reunions of both the 15th Brigade form World War I and the BC Garrison of Artillery that pre-dated the war. Cadet Dumoulin graduates from RMC. See more in the 1929 Yearbook here.
Lieutenant- Colonel Duncan Kent Todd, DSO, CD enlisted originally with the 15th Field Brigade, Canadian Artillery as a Lieutenant in 85th Battery from 1928 to 1930. He enlisted with the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery in Kingston from 1934 to 1939. In February 1942 he takes over command of the 1st Medium Regiment, RCA and takes the unit to Sicily and then on to North West Europe. After the war he was promoted Colonel in 1948 and appointed Commander Camp Borden and then Commandant Camp Petawawa before being appointed Military Attaché in Turkey 1951. Colonel Todd retired in Perthshire, Scotland. Check out the DSO page here.
It's a Small World
Big shout out to Steve Heim and the gang at Brenco Industries! They assisted the Honorary Colonel by providing the fabrication for the gate at Honour Ranch plus the proceeds from a company raffle last year. The small world comes from the fact that Steve was the kid across the street on Monmouth that hung out with your VAA president some 55 years ago!
Conference Room Library
The 15th Field Artillery Museum & Archives agreed to fund the installation of library shelving in the Conference room to a maximum of $1,000.00 for material while the VAA provided the free labour. The library will hold all the books that were in the Officers' Mess as well as some of the Museum's collection. The intent is to set up a process so that these books will become available for loan by the members of the Regiment and the Association. Check out the page here for the latest updates.
Nanaimo Military Camp Battle School
Our Chief Clerk, Sergeant Brian Arberry is mentioned in the local Nanaimo Daily News. Check out the other news from 1989 here...
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