How can I not set up a page for 1935 when I come across a great photo of the Warrant Officers' and Sergeants' Mess. Great Decor! And the for 1937 I have a photo of the members of the Sergeants' Mess at a Mess Dinner ..... with a date .....and with names!
We have photos of a gunner from several points in his career. Possibly you can help identify the who, what, when, where!
A visit from the Army Commander? I've thrown in an additional photo of the gentleman being led in by the sentry who stopped him at the edge of the position. Who's the number 1? What was the name of the exercise? When was it? and Where did it take place?
Same gunner is in this photo. But it doesn't look like he's the number 1! Who is the number 1? What was the name of the exercise? When was it? and Where did it take place? What's with the high ranking number 2?
Again we have the same photogenic gunner. But this time he's got one hook! A qualified Gunner! That's Major Bob Foulis leading the service in the North Fort Lewis. I can recognize WO? Brian Harmon, Bdr Shane Culver, Gnr Colin Parkinson and MWO Bill Amos. Recognize anyone else? When did this take place?
Appear to be Gunner Parkinson in this photo as well. Chilliwack exercise including grenades? The first two appear to go together. Is the third photo from the same ex?
Apparently Gunners spend time on the internet on the first Monday after Christmas!
That's 45 unique visitors with 408 page views. WOW! Now, if you all had one picture (or a story!) that you could scan and send to me ...... or pass the coordinates of the website to one fellow gunner....
These photos go back about 45 years and show the 15th Field Artillery Regiment on what appears to be a Remembrance Day parade in Vancouver. Can this be true? Did we deploy both a salute troop and a marching contingent that year? Are there others out there that can provide some additional information? I'm sure that's me in the photo as a gunner which would make 1971 accurate.
Battle Dress, puttees, lanyards, artillery forage caps and regimental brass. Although it appears that Bdr Dave Strebe didn't have his regimental brass belt with him that day! To his left you can see Gnr Bill Barlow, Gnr Greg James and Lt Gary Woloski. Marching behind him is Gnr Craig Stewart and Gnr Leon Jensen. Any other recognizable faces?
Same parade. To Bdr Strebe's left we have Sgt? Don Friedsam peaking through the ranks. The officers ranks are hard to see but it appears that we have Bob Mugford, Preston, Martin Casey, Bill Wickett, Capt? Stu McDonald, Art Gee, Vic Stevenson and Steve Burridge. At the rear of the file we have Bdr Mike Meehan and Bdr Keith Laing.
Updated the 1919 yearbook with a transcript of the meeting held on December 16th, 1919 regarding the formation of an Artillery Brigade in the City of Vancouver.
Check out the Regimental Band videos. Play them in the background as you scroll through the website looking for yourself in the regimental history!
Band Youtube clips from their performance With Glowing Hearts: Songs of Remembrance concert on November 11, 2015
Hearth and Fire Christmas concert with the British Columbia Girls Choir in 2014
Merry Christmas to all!! And best wishes for a prosperous New Year!
Today's updates are from what was referred to as the "Men's Christmas Dinner" back in the day. I'm looking for info when we changed the title to "Soldiers' Christmas Dinner"
The photos are from the Regimental museum and they, unfortunately, did not come with dates. Did I place them in the right year? Check them out and let me know if you agree or not with my guess.
And one final question.....Does anyone know what this CP Air decorated pig is all about?
Newsletter on line. This newsletter, and previous editions, are available on the RUSI Vancouver website at: http://www.rusivancouver.ca/newsletter.html
Wednesday Lunches The Armoury will shut down completely for the winter break so our lunches are now finished for 2015. The first lunch of 2016 will be on Jan 6.
New Year’s Levée – 1 Jan 2016
15 Fd Artillery Regiment is holding their annual Levée. The Messes will open for visitors at 1100hrs. A light lunch will be served starting around noon. The Seaforths will hold their Levée at the Jericho Mess. The HMCS Discovery Wardroom will also be open on Jan 1st. The BCRs have announced that all their Messes will be shut down
Christmas Greetings from Van Arty Assoc President Leon Jensen
Merry Christmas to all Association members as well as current and former serving members of the 15th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA and their friends and families. Wishing you all the best for the New Year!
In 2016 we will continue to work on building our membership, getting the 25pdr ready for ‘action’ and organizing, training and equipping a gun detachment so we can deploy the gun for future events. We will also continue work on the Yearbook project, which is off to a good start. We are now formalizing our association with the RCAA and all Ordinary members will become members of that organization starting in 2016.
Bring a former member to lunch on 20 January and we'll see if we can track down some more memories for our Regimental Yearbooks!
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Christmas Greetings from RUSI Vancouver President Cam Cathcart
As we approach the end of the year I extend seasonal greetings to members of the Royal United Services Institute Vancouver and wish you all a healthy and prosperous new year. During the past year we collaborated on a major pre-election panel on Foreign and Defence Policy and approved a new RUSI badge, to be unveiled early in the new year.
The coming year promises to be an exciting one as RUSI Vancouver hosts the prestigious Strategic Studies Conference at the Main Branch of the Vancouver Public Library on April 8 and 9.
The conference, together with the restoration of the Burrard Bridge Memorial Braziers, will be the primary initiatives to be undertaken by RUSI Vancouver in 2016.
Please keep checking the RUSI Vancouver website at: www.rusivancouver.ca
A Merry Christmas to all and a very Happy New Year!
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