The Regiment has been ringing in the New Year for many years. Unfortunately, it appears that we did not always have a camera handy to capture the event or there's some missing photos from my collection. Here's the years that I have: 2009, 2007, 2003, 1982, 1980, 1978, 1977, 1976, 1975, 1974 It would be greatly appreciated if you could forward any of the missing years!
What are you doing on the first day of 2017? Why not come down and join us for breakfast at Frankie's or later at the Armoury?
I've added the Memorial Cross to the Honours and Awards page and started a new page to post images of any crosses that were awarded to Regimental members' families. http://www.vancouvergunners.ca/memorial-cross.html
The band members rock the volleyball court during their Palm Springs tour in 1991.
The band tour continues - The Regimental Band plays out front of the Saks Fith Avenue. Maybe Captain Richard Van Slyke, Master Warrant Officer Dave Levien, Warrant Officer Ken Surges or Sergeant Ron Pajala could help me out with a story or two!
I'm guessing that it was 1991. It's part of a Band Tour in California when they stopped for a performance at Disneyland. Take a look at all the pictures in the 1991 yearbook and let me know if I'm correct. I could also use some help with the names....
I've scoured through our archival photographs and came up with only these eleven years in which photographs have been made available from the Annual Soldiers' Christmas Dinner. These include 2013, 2008, 2007, 2006, 1980, 1978, 1977, 1976, 1975, 1973, 1939. Have you got any photos at home from the missing years? Let's see if we can put together a complete set of 96!
The Band tour in Palm Springs in 1991! Photos are up, now I'm just looking for some stories to go with them! Check out the 1991 yearbook for more photos.
Just added Sergeant John Simmons, MM to the nominal roll and our list of those awarded the Military Medal. He was a gun sergeant with 31st Battery, 8th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery in December of 1916 when he was awarded the Military Medal. His citation reads:
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty near Martinpuich on November 4th when the gun of which he was in charge burnt killing two of the detachment and causing the roof of the pit to collapse. The ammunition commenced to explode almost instantly and the pit became a mass of flames. In spite of this and at great personal risk Sgt Simmons succeeded in pulling Gnr McKenna out through a hole in the roof caused by the explosion. This N.C.O. then stayed and attempted to check the flames until ordered away by Lieut. Howard. There is no doubt that this gallant act of Sgt Simmons was responsible for saving the life of Gnr McKENNA. A.F.W. 3121.
Some more photos were added to the 1999 band trip to Hawaii. I could use some help naming the characters in the photos (oh, and the musical instruments that they're playing!)