I thought it would be best to advise all members of the Association and the Museum Society that the Iltis that you see parked in front of the Armoury on occasion is not the Iltis from our Museum collection. I had such fun driving our Museum Iltis to its various maintenance and safety checks that I decided to purchase one of my own! I have still to determine its service history but there are certain hieroglyphics on the inside of the doors that may provide a clue. Job #1 is to source material to recover the top.
Additional photos from 39 Canadian Brigade Group and Maritime Forces Pacific. Can you identify any gunners in the photos? Check out the other photos on this page.
The regimental fabric is quite amazing once you start researching the names of the soldiers that have served over the years. There have been quite a few family members that have been in the unit at the same time. One of these sets is the Caley brothers and I’ve just finished updating their nominal roll entry. It appears that Louis was the first to join on 31 March 1954. He had previously served with the 65th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment and was only 2 years from receiving his Canadian Forces Decoration. He must have spoke highly of the unit as it seems that Caley and Daryy were both taken on strength the following month on 22 Apr 1954. We have records that show Daryl and Louis were both musicians but there is no record of Raymond’s musical talent. Sadly, Raymond passed away on 26 June 1997 and Daryl just passed away this year on 24 March 2021. Raymond’s current whereabouts is still to be uncovered. We also do not have any photos of any of the brothers in uniform. They may well be in the group photos from 1956 as none of them are identified. Have we recorded all your regimental history? Have we received your copies of your regimental photos? Check out the nominal roll and drop me a line with any additional information that should be included.
Operation LENTUS is the Canadian Armed Forces response to natural disasters in Canada. 15th Field Artillery members provide support to the operation along with other members of 39 Canadian Brigade Group. Master Bombardier Rozario, Bombardier Degenova, Bombardier Martin, and Bombardier Magtibay are shown as they assist in the flood relief to Abbotsford and Sumas Prairie, in particular the community of Huntingdon. Check out the other photos in the 2021 yearbook here. Have you got any to add? Send them to email@example.com
Are you looking for a Charitable Tax Receipt for 2021? We've got a couple of great ideas where you can help out the Regimental Museum and the Vancouver Artillery Association. Here's a couple of the projects that we've got on the go:
Museum Archive Shelves - $750.00
Volunteer Docent Guides - $350.00
Yorke Island Gator - $13,250.00
Iltis refurb - $850.00
Deuce and a half refurb - $2,800.00
Vehicle collection upkeep - $1,300.00
There's some big ticket items or you can send in a small amount to subsidize a bit of the cost. Whatever fits YOUR budget! Let's talk. Send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out the items on our Quartermaster Stores page here.
Structural Collapse Level 2 - Concrete Breaching Day
The unit conducts Level 2 LUSAR Training. Photos are from a day spent on concrete breaching techniques. Check out the rest of the photos here.
Another Military Medal awarded to one of our drivers from the First World War. Driver Niel Bundgard, MM enrolled with the 60th Battery, 15th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery on 5 Apr 1916. The unit was later absorbed by the 14th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery. Driver Bundgard was awarded the Military Medal 21 August 1919 but there are no details as to the circumstances of the award. Later in life he developed United Farms in California, one of the largest lettuce growers in the United States of America. Lest we forget.
The 100 gunners from the 5th Draft, 68th Overseas Depot Battery, Canadian Field Artillery have now all been added to our nominal roll with a listing of their careers, where they were born and (for most) where they died and are buried. Each one is a story in itself. We now know the names of anothet ten that never came home to their families in BC, plus the names of another three that were awarded the Military Medal for bravery. Our nominal roll now sits at 5,427 and we have 1,000s still to track down and document. Would you like to join the team?
Lest we forget.
Gunner George Douglas Carson was taken on strength with the 68th Overseas Depot Battery, Canadian Field Artillery on 13 June 1916. He arrived in England on the 24th of August 1916 and was taken on strength with the 1st Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery in France 9 March 1917. He died of wounds received on 18 August 1918 at the No. 18 Casualty Clearing Station. Lest we forget.
The list of fallen can be found here.
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