Comments page updated February 23, 2012

If you wish to add comments about finding a lost friend or contacts made for various reasons, please feel free to let me know (webmaster) as many of us would like to know that this site is useful. We won't publish comments or contact info without some care. All opinions stated are those of the writers and do not necessarily reflect the policy of this Association or the Canadian Government or its Armed Forces.

To all friends of James Bradbury, this is to let you know he just was released from the hospital in Halifax. He has had surgery ..... he is very frail. He is not strong enough to go down to his computer and is unable to talk well, get well wishes would do a lot to boost his morale!

his address is: James Bradbury , 106 Maple Ave., New Glasgow, NS- B2H 2B4 his ph no 1 902 752 0776

  your truly Larry St Clair

 London Free Press MECKBACH, Major (ret'd) Lloyd Grandjean (Sam) - At his home in Victoria BC on January 31 aged 69. Beloved husband of Marjorie Purkiss. Loving father of Stephanie Sangha and John Meckbach (Tracy). Proud grandfather of Emma, Oliver, Daniel, Alex, Ashley and Chase. Cherished brother of Joyce (Ken Motts) Kitchener, Bruce (Mary) Lambton Shores, Ruth Ann (Vic Jeanson) Woodstock and Grace (Janusz Osinski) Woodstock. Predeceased by his parents, John (1983) and Bertha (2004) and his twin brother, Grant (1943). Dear brother-in-law of Lorna and Jim Ruge, Australia. Fondly remembered by Suzanne Spence, Rob Peterson and Teja Sangha. Will be deeply missed by nieces and nephews in Australia, Canada and U.S. A memorial service celebrating Sam's life will be held at the Chief Petty Officer's Mess, Esquimalt. on February 26. An additional service will be held on Saturday, May 12 at 1:00 at Bethany Lutheran Church, 175 Springbank Ave., Woodstock. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Army Cadet Corps -BC division (c/o Lieutenant General Ashton Armory, Room 21, 724 Vanalman Ave., Victoria BC V8Z 3B5) or to a charity of your choice. (Thks Al Johnston Feb 13)

I remember Mister Hunt as a CSM with the 1st Bn Canadian Guards of course,however, many years later while I was serving at NDHQ, Mr. Hunt’s work station was one divider over from my General Office where I was GO Supervisor (ADM MAT). While I was out of the office a very senior naval officer came to the counter and proceeded to verbally attack one of my female Privates. Upon my return Mr. Hunt advised me of the unfair verbalizations of that unnamed Admiral LOL. Taking his word for the incident I immediately went to see the unnamed officer with my concerns. The Admiral did apologize and in fact came down to the office with me and expressed same to my staff member. I shall always remember his sense of fairness.
Winston (Goldie) Golden. A Mari Usque Ad Mare (Feb7)

Major (retired) Lloyd G. (Sam) Meckbach left his adoring wife Marjorie, his loving family, and all of us today, 31 January, after a brief and heroic battle with cancer. Sam served in our 1st and 2nd Battalions and the CAB Regt in Canada and Cyprus, 3 Mech Cdo in Germany, and 3 PPCLI in Canada. He was a graduate of the US Army Ranger School and the Pakistan Army Staff College (Quetta). Further details will be provided as they become available." (see SOS and above)

AMUAM Steve

Herewith some additional information from the RCR Regimental Adjutant.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to Marjorie Meckbach, #204 5110 Cordoba Bay Road, Victoria BC V8Y 2K5.

Sam was cremated and there will be a small family funeral at a date to be confirmed. A Celebration of Life for Sam will be held in the Chiefs & POs Mess at CFB Esquimalt from 1330 to 1600 hrs on 26 Feb 12.

Sam had decided to provide a trophy that will be awarded annually to the top BC Army Cadet on the Basic Para Course.

Marjorie has requested donations in lieu of flowers to the Army Cadet League of Canada - BC Branch in support of this trophy as a fitting memorial of Sam's service to Canada. The League address is: Lieutenant General Ashton Armoury, Army Cadet League of Canada - BC Branch, Room 21, 724 Vanalman Avenue, Victoria BC V8Z 3B5.

Can anyone help me find who is alive that served in the 1st guards from 1956 till 1959. I would like to know if anyone is still alive and where they are - who served in the Corps of Drums under Drum Major Joe Partito.

Thank you Ed Groves Bell player [ Gloc] (Contact webmaster for email connection) (Jan 2012)

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year.

My family are all over the world but at midnight GMT on New Years Eve (Hogmanay) we meet in our hearts when we all look at the North Star and drink a toast to each other and remember those no longer with us. Our Regimental Family is also all over the world and this year, I would like to ask everyone to join me in a toast to “THE REGIMENT GOD BLESS ‘EM ALL” Lets make it an annual toast. For a few minutes in time we will be “together.”

Midnight GMT
Newfoundland 20:30
Nova Scotia 20:00
Ontario 19:00
Manitoba 18:00
Alberta 17:00

Chris Beattie, Halifax, N.S (Dec 20)

Kit and I are often in touch with Bettine Maxwell, and of course we mention what news we have of old friends. Today she expressed her especial interested in keeping up her contact with our Guards family. Maybe you each can help: (1) She wishes all to know that the PC Andrew used checking the Association web site is no longer in service. (2) If newsletter hard copies are still being sent by post, she would be grateful to be included on the mailing list. (3) She also would like it known that she always welcomes calls and notes from old friends.

Address: Suite 204, The Victorian, 1773 Feltham Rd,. Victoria, BC, V8N 6E8....1-250 477 2494

Merry Christmas,Happy Channukah, Solstitial best wishes, Steve (Brodsky) (Dec 2011)

Click here for Howie's latest including a tie-in with Wreaths Across Canada

 " On behalf of Wreaths Across Canada our thanks to those members of the Regiment who came to our wreath laying service at the National Military Cemetery on 4 December. Their participation was very much appreciated and we hope to see them again next year " .

 ...Gerry (Wharton) (Dec 2011)

Ladies and Gentlemen (friends and family),

Most of you are tracking the national fundraising event, Heroes Hockey Challenge 2012, in which the PPCLI, The RCR, and the R22eR have the lead for the Canadian Army. Proceeds from the fund raiser will benefit all soldiers and their families in need, regardless of their branch or cap badge.

Last night I was contacted by a sponsor who complained we had less than one thousand "likes" on the Heroes Hockey challenge Face Book page, which, to him, indicated less then sufficient moral support. His advice, if our "like" numbers were increased to 10,000, the event will be flagged by various search engines and we will generate more interest from the corporate community.

This will not cost you more than a minute of time, but the potential benefits for the cause are huge.

Please go to the following link: http://www.facebook.com/HeroesHockeyChallenge and show your support to our soldiers and their families by clicking the "like" button.

In addition, if you could forward this request to your co-workers, friends and family, it would be appreciated.

On behalf of Heroes Hockey Challenge, thank you for your support.

H.J.S. Mandaher

Major | Major, Regimental Major | major du regiment, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI)

National Defence | Défense nationale, PO Box 10500, Stn Forces, Edmonton, AB T5J 4J5

harpal.mandaher@forces.gc.ca

Telephone | téléphone: 780-973-4011 extension 5459, Mobile | mobile: 780-907-4905, Facsimile | télécopieur: 780-973-1613

Government of Canada | Gouvernement du Canada ---www.ppcli.com

 Presentation of "The Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation" : Presented mainly to Ex Service Pers or Presently Serving Pers, sometimes it is Presented to Civilians for "Exemplary Service to their Communities and Fellow Canadians" Someone or some Organization Nominates the Individual and passes on the Reasons for the Nomination. The recipients below are Murray Floyd (1st (55/56)and 3rd Bn (54/55)) andStanley Hicks (2nd Bn).

2007
2011.....Thanks Murray

 from Gerry Wharton

There are some 225,000 veterans' graves in Canada, more than twice the number that are buried overseas and we in Wreaths Across Canada, (WAC) believe that they should be "Remembered, Honoured and our youth Taught" of the sacrifice that these veterans made for Canada. We strive to do this by placing wreaths on veterans' graves, starting at the NMC and with the belief that it will spread across the country. I have read every headstone in the NMC in Beechwood Cemetery and have noted that there are a number of veterans of The Canadian Guards buried there..

At 13:30 on Sunday 4 Dec 2011, WAC will hold a ceremony at the NMC where we will place a balsam wreath on every one of the 2,710 veterans' graves. We will provide the wreaths, which have been funded by many generous contributors and we invite the members of the Cdn Gds Association and your families, to join us by placing wreaths on your comrades' graves.

The wreath laying will begin with a brief formal ceremony held near the tank in section 27. Memorial Cross Families and others with loved ones buried in the NMC will then be given an opportunity to place their wreaths and then the general public will join in. There are three sections of the NMC where we will be placing wreaths and as there are 2,700 we need all the help that we can get. (Nov 15)

Click here to read a letter to the Regiment from the late "Vic" Tweedy

I'm looking for pics of 165 platoon which I was part of in 1966—my number was SB188015. I was discharged from training for personal reasons .........not my choice, I'd stayed in if I could. I also attended a reunion in Ottawa few yrs back and met CJ Scott again - he was my RSM. I was under Lt Durant and Sgt White, Cpl MacKenzie and Cpl Butt.

I'd also like to reach John McCarthy same time in depot ....he was in Service Corp.

I can be reached at niceguyjohn58@yahoo.ca (Oct 27, 2011)

Corrections: In both editions of the Regimental history, two photos are incorrectly captioned.

In the photo of the 2nd Battalion anti/tank detachment jeep near page 53, the driver is Gdsm J. Hughes not Gdsm Hossack.

In the photo of the unveiling of the Regimental plaque near page 133, the RSM is C.J. Scott not RSM Levesque.

(While we're at it..the photo in the group after P 116, 1st Bn outpost, is taken at St Hillarion, 4pl outpost..the officer pretending to work, is then Lt G J Heffernan...unfortunately old age means the names of the 3 Guardsmen are missing...that bunker became quite cosy when completed.) Oct 2011

Photo credits: A Regiment Worthy of its Hire

Greetings Fellow Guardsmen:

I’d like to share a bit of information that might be of some value to fellow Guardsmen. Last year, I attended a Veterans Club of Barrie dinner meeting, and the guest speaker was Mr. Peter Shields, a Royal Canadian Legion (RCL) service officer from North Bay. Our own local RCL service officer had been incapacitated for some time, so Peter Shields graciously extended his services to the Barrie veteran community. In the course of his presentation, Mr. Shields discussed the current Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) policy on compensation for service related injuries and disabilities, and the fact that VAC was taking a much more positive approach to the subject of compensation.

Before I took action in my own case, I helped a retired Avionics Tech friend whose hearing was severely impaired due to his long association with aircraft maintenance. I assisted him in completing the paperwork within the stated deadlines, and prepared a supplementary statement that expanded on the somewhat cryptic requirements of the application form. The statement turned out to be a far more comprehensive description of working conditions and circumstances for which the forms did not provide.

About five months after our collaboration, he called to advise me that he had received a VAC cheque for $40,000. Shortly after, Peter Shields called me to advise that my medical file revealed that some hearing loss was noted in the course of my release medical, and that I might have a case for compensation. I should add that at that point, my hearing had degraded considerably since release, but that I did not necessarily consider it as an issue to be pursued.

In any case, Mr. Shields sent me the application forms which were duly completed as required, and I underwent an audiologist hearing assessment. I must add here that I included a fairly comprehensive statement (as I had done earlier for my friend) which filled-in the blanks not covered by the forms. The audiologist report and my statement probably assisted greatly in having my application approved. In September 2010, I received a fairly generous compensation cheque. All of this to say that there are probably hundreds of former service members – artillerymen, mortar men, anti-tank crewmen, armoured gunners and crewmen who today bear disabilities that can be directly attributed to their military service. Of course, this only the tip of the iceberg. Personnel who suffered injuries on obstacle courses, parachute training and a wide variety of other vigorous service related physical activities might also be eligible for compensation.

In conclusion, I would advise personnel who believe that they are suffering from a service related injury or disability to contact their local RCL service officer for guidance and advice. Further, I would strongly urge applicants not to hesitate submitting a comprehensive and descriptive statement to supplement the application form, if they feel that such is required.

Fred Marentette (originally submitted last year but lost in the shuffle)

On Sunday night 18 Sep 11, Ed Theoret heard a noise outside his cottage and he went down the second story stairs to check it out. He lost his footing and fell down the stairs, fracturing the 10th thoracic vertebra and generally bruising himself all over. He was immediately medevaced to the Ottawa Civic Hospital where he currently resides.

I spoke to Ada a few moments ago and she said that he is being fitted for a back brace which he is expected to have to wear for about 4 months. At present he is in considerable pain and is heavily sedated so no visitors, other than family at this point. Ada said the prognosis for a full recovery is good.

.....Gerry W (Sep 21)

Maj (ret'd) Craig Mills was laid to rest in Ingersoll beside his beloved Helen on Friday, 9 September, 2011. A piper and firing party was provided by his former militia regiment, 4RCR, and many of his old comrades from the RCR and Cdn Gds attended.

 Al Ditter (Sept 10, 2011)

Andrew Maxwell wishes to inform his Canadian Guards comrades straightforwardly that he has inoperable lung cancer. He is well cared for, resting at home. Email notes may be sent to Andrew's PC at andrew94@telus.net Cards may be mailed to Suite 201, The Victorian,1773 Feltham Rd, Victoria, BC, V8N 6E3. Steve Brodsky (Aug 4) (See SOS Sep 22)

Steve B. . . sent these notes on his return from Europe last July

SOEST

The Prodomo Hotel near the Dasselwall is very friendly, clean, and convenient, at reasonable prices. Revisited villages of Delecke, Körbecke, Oestinghausen and Wiltrop. Where once stood the 18th c. house in Körbecke where we lived, now is only a patch of earth with a few shrubs; and the Gasthof where the Schutzenfestverein rollicked is gone as well, replaced by a new Schutzenfesthalle elsewhere. The area of the Möhnestrasse near the Möhnetalsperre [Möhne dam] is much built up. Café Grüne, which stood alone 50 years ago, is now nestled among expensive homes. Passed by what once were Fort Henry (where nothing was recognizable) and Fort York, which is now a school for firefighters. The only recognizable Fort York landmarks seen from the Soest-Möhne road were the twin steeples of the RC & Prot. chapels. In Soest the medieval Wiesenkirche and St Patroclus Dom remain unchanged, their interiors and stained glass windows as exquisite as ever. A new gallery of modern art has both a permanent collection and touring exhibitions, as well as evening musical events. Im Wildenmann in Soest's Hansa Platz still offers a fine lunch. However, the haughty Oberkellner in black tie has been superseded by informal young men in slacks and open-necked shirts. The Regiment's former Cowboys of the Night will be shattered to learn that the Flamingo and Oase are no more. Canadian soldiers are well respected in Soest memories. Every mention of Canadians, NATO, 1950's/60's, brought warm responses. In a quietly prosperous Soest suburb, spent a few very pleasant minutes with Herr und Frau Scharmann, reliving the past. Webb Scharmann served in 1 Bn Canadian Guards 1958-62, and was in 2 Coy in Germany. Bicycling in Soest, learned to leave tires soft. The cobblestones make castrato sopranos.

LONDON

In London the Union Jack Club, now for all ranks serving and retired, offered good accommodation, handy to everywhere, right across the street from Waterloo Station. (An "Oyster Card" purchased online takes the hassle out of travel by Underground.) The million-dollar view from the 20th storey had St Paul's Cathedral as its centre piece. The staff was very obliging, and the dining room was excellent, both in its appointments and menu. The Guards Museum in Birdcage Walk was well worth the visit. A duty docent was surprisingly knowledgeable about the Canadian Guards. Had dinner one evening with Tony Wyand, quondam Capt Anthony Blake Wyand, 1 Canadian Guards, c. 1966/67/68, at the Cavalry and Guards Club in Picadilly. He's a very successful CEO, chairman of assorted boards, commutes between UK, Paris, and Milan, and wears in his lapel buttonhole the red ribbon of the Legion d'honneur for his professional service to France. We had an enjoyable reminiscence about that world far removed from our present conditions. A personable, generous, and agreeable host.

Chimo, Steve Brodsky

from Rose Wellstood..Ed is in hospital - Grand River- but they are hoping to send him to the rehab hosp when he is up to it. ...He broke his hip and had a replacement. I'll let you know when he is transfered to Freeport Hospital. (I will forward email to Rose for Ed..He would like to hear from friends... Gerry webmaster@canadianguards.ca ) [Many notes to date..Rose sends thanks! Sep 3]

 I was wondering if anyone had pictures of the corps of drums 1st battalion from 1957 to 59. I was a member of the band from 57 to 59 and would love to see some pictures or find out what happened to the members of that band. Thank You E Groves SA 126667 (Aug 4)

I was in a local coffee shop yesterday(Jul 19) when a young man asked me if that was my vehicle with a Canadian Guards Licence plate? When I mentioned it was, he asked me if I had served with the 2 Bn in Camp Petawawa? He then stated his name was Fred Maclean, the son of CWO Freddie Maclean. He said his father had a BOOK with names of personnel in it, who had committed some minor infractions. I told him that I am very sure that my name was in THE BOOK as his Dad was my Pl Sgt in 7 Coy. Young Fred has just completed 25 years at CFB Comox and still serving. I had a great time last night remembering his father and all the rest of the Supervisors in the OLD DAYS. Now that I think of it, we had great FUN Soldiering and telling a few fibs in front of the Coy Comd when YOU WERE IN THE BOOK.

cheers Butch (Montreuil) (July 20)

Details re Interment of Ashes : Craig Mills

Date: Friday September 9, 2011 Time: 11:00 a.m. Place: Sacred Heart Church 131 Thames St. North, Ingersoll, ON

Interment of ashes to immediately follow the Mass approx. 12:00 noon at Sacred Heart Cemetery off Hampden St. Ingesoll, ON

Lunch: Sacred Heart Parish Hall (John St. just west of the Church): The church parking lot is behind the church off Bell and John Streets.

Attire is usually good dress-up (shirt and tie if the weather is not too hot). I would suggest that people arrive around 10:30 a.m. if they wish to greet the family before Mass. Maureen.

For planning purposes, attendees are requested to advise Maureen (md.shearon@rogers.com) of their intentions as well as any messages of remembrance. On a personal note, assuming there will be a military send-off, I intend to wear blazer and regimental tie with medals and beret so as to be able to render a hand salute to our departed comrade.

Al

I am putting together a digital book of Craig Mills memories for his grandsons. They were the apple of his eye and he spent as much time with them as he could, regaling them with 'war stories' and providing a personal insight into the past. I would like to provide them with a more complete picture of their grandpa and am asking for your assistance, in the form of your own recollections.

Please delve deeply into your memory and dig up as many Craig Mills anecdotes as you can recall for a digital memoire tentatively called "Craig Mills, In Others' Words." The boys already know that their grandpa was something of an imp and a renegade and now that they're teenagers they can handle the more salacious bits so please feel free to let it all hang out. With that in mind, I'm asking that you provide me (aldit42@gmail.com) the who, what, where, when, why and how of as many recollections as you wish to provide. If you have digital photos -- jpeg preferred -- please provide those as well, along with your permission to reprint them. I will be digitizing Craig's 35mm slide collection, all 4,000 of them, for his daughters and will select from among those, as well. There are no restrictions on length although you'll appreciate that some judicious editing may be required. Don't be afraid to use abbreviations and acronyms as a glossary will be included in the booklet.

I've provided sample entries but please free to use whatever format you choose. And, given the advanced years and failing memory of likely correspondents, any diversion from the truth and into hyperbole is expected and accepted.

Pass this on to anyone you think may be able to contribute and I look forward to receiving your Craig Mills stories.

Cheers. Al (see samples here)

--speaking of nurses..........Margaret Marshall, wife of the late Captain Bill Marshall (2nd Bn), recently received the Memorial Cross, according to the Lindsay Post.

Since Bill's death was attributed to his service in Korea, Margaret was awarded the Memorial Cross last November, in recognition of that service.

Bill went ashore on Juno Beach with the Highland Light Infantry of Canada, and finished his military career with the Guards.

Margaret was a nurse with the RCAMC.

Respectfully submitted...Rev. Frank Patrick

To Mike from Al,

Ah yes, the nurses in training. I dated one of them while we were in Charlottetown, which isn't as thrilling is it could have been. She turned out to be the niece of the lieutenant-governor and every time she mentioned Uncle John the libido drooped.

Did you ever hear CSM Eric Rowsell talk about growing up in Newfoundland? The story of the Saturday night barn-dance and the fight where one of a set of twins got hit in the face with a frozen cat still makes me chuckle. He was a great guy who took no BS from anybody, including the company commander. Al

To Al Ditter, your memory is still as sharp as ever, thank you.

I too was a member of that Guard of Honour, at the time I was a Guardsman with just over one year in the regiment. I would like to give you my memory of that event from a Guardsmen's prospective. The news that we would go to Charlottetown for the guard was exciting news for the rank and file, the buzz in the barracks was - don't do anything that may get you dropped from the guard.

We were housed in the HMCS Charlottetown, a drill hall type building on the water front; across the street was a nurses- in- training residence, ( this was a good thing) we were sleeping on bunk beds on the drill hall floor, good accommodation for infantry types, in-door plumbing and dry.

The down side was that there was no food service provided, we were all given a cash payment of the daily CF rate for meals. For the 3 or 4 days we were there I got a total of $19.60 which may have worked had we not found the Legion Hall on the first night there. (seems we never had any money of our own in those days) The pursuit of the local girls had one objective; to get her to take you home to feed you.

For most of us it was the first time for a Royal Guard and Sunset Ceremony, travelling to PEI for some it was the first time seeing the Atlantic Ocean. Many souvenirs from the beaches were brought back to Petawawa, and with in days our barracks smelled like a fish factory till CSM Rowsell smelled it.

Great memory of a great time.

Mike (Bambrick) (June 30)

Subject: CANADIAN FORCES APPRECIATION PROGRAM - SIGNIFICANT DISCOUNTS - RETIRED PERSONNEL ELIGIBLE LAUNCH OF THE CF APPRECIATION PROGRAM

ON BEHALF OF THE MINISTER OF NATIONAL DEFENCE, THE HONOURABLE PETER MACKAY, AND THE CHIEF OF THE DEFENCE STAFF, GEN NATYNCZYK, I AM PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE LAUNCH OF THE CANADIAN FORCES (CF) APPRECIATION PROGRAM, EFFECTIVE 23 JUNE 2011. THE CF APPRECIATION PROGRAM WILL PROVIDE THE CF COMMUNITY WITH ACCESS TO A WIDE ARRAY OF INTERNATIONAL, NATIONAL AND LOCAL DISCOUNTS FOR GOODS AND SERVICES, WITH EMPHASIS ON LEISURE TRAVEL, INCLUDING INDIVIDUAL AS WELL AS FAMILY HOLIDAY PACKAGES, AND MANY OTHER GOODS AND SERVICES OF INTEREST

CF COMMUNITY MEMBERS WITH ACCESS TO THE PROGRAM INCLUDE: CURRENTLY SERVING REGULAR FORCE AND RESERVE FORCE MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES, FORMER CF MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES, CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES OF DND, OF THE NON-PUBLIC FUNDS, AND OF THE CF, AND FOREIGN MILITARY PERSONNEL SERVING WITH THE CF THE CF APPRECIATION PROGRAM CAN BE ACCESSED PRIMARILY ONLINE AT WWW.CFAPPRECIATION.CA. INITIALLY, THIS WEBSITE WILL FOCUS ON THE FOLLOWING PROGRAM COMPONENTS:

THE CF R AND R CLUB PROVIDES ACCESS TO TIMESHARE VACATION RENTALS AT HIGHLY DISCOUNTED PRICES. THROUGH A PARTNERSHIP WITH THE ARMED FORCES VACATION CLUB, A PRODUCT OF WYNDHAM WORLDWIDE, SPACIOUS ACCOMMODATIONS AT 3,500 RESORTS, APARTMENTS, CONDOMINIUMS AND HOMES IN MORE THAN 80 COUNTRIES WILL BE OFFERED TO THE CF COMMUNITY AT COMPETITIVE PRICES. FROM SANDY BEACHES TO SNOW-CAPPED MOUNTAINS, THE

CF R AND R CLUB PROVIDES UNIQUE, WELL-DESERVED AND WELL-PRICED VACATION ACCOMODATIONS AND CF DISCOUNTS, WHICH ARE EXPLAINED BELOW THE DISCOUNTS MADE AVAILABLE TO CF COMMUNITY MEMBERS THROUGH THE CF APPRECIATION PROGRAM BUILD ON THE SUCCESSES OF THE CANEX DISCOUNT PROGRAM (CDP) AS WELL AS ON LOCAL DISCOUNT PROGRAMS OPERATED BY

MILITARY FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRES AND LOCAL COMMUNITY RECREATION ASSOCIATIONS. ALL DISCOUNTS THAT WERE FORMERLY AVAILABLE THROUGH THE CDP HAVE BEEN INTEGRATED INTO THE BROADENED AND ENHANCED SELECTION OF DISCOUNTS OFFERED BY THE CF APPRECIATION PROGRAM

DISCOUNTS ARE AVAILABLE IN THE FOLLOWING EIGHT CATEGORIES:

ACCOMMODATIONS
ATTRACTIONS
ENTERTAINMENT
DINING
HOME LIFESTYLE
SHOPS AND SERVICES
TRANSPORTATION AND TRAVEL

IN PREPARATION FOR THE LAUNCH, THE CF APPRECIATION PROGRAM HAS FOCUSED ON OFFERING DISCOUNTS FOR ATTRACTIONS ACROSS CANADA AND IN THE USA. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT USERS CHECK THE SITE OFTEN, AS DISCOUNTS, CONTESTS AND SPECIAL OFFERS WILL BE ADDED FREQUENTLY. THE WEBSITE ALSO PROVIDES THE OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE FEEDBACK IN ORDER THAT THE CF APPRECIATION PROGRAM MAY EVOLVE TO MEET THE CHANGING NEEDS OF THE CF COMMUNITY

ADMINISTERED BY THE DIRECTOR GENERAL PERSONNEL AND FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES, MR. D.E. MARTIN, THE CF APPRECIATION PROGRAM AIMS TO ENHANCE THE MORALE AND WELFARE OF CF COMMUNITY MEMBERS BY PROVIDING UNIQUE OPPORTUNITIES FOR REST, RECREATION, AND STRENGTHENING OF FAMILY BONDS FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE CF APPRECIATION PROGRAM, PLEASE VISIT WWW.CFAPPRECIATION.CA OR CONTACT COLIN BAYNE AT <bayne.colin@cfpsa.com> SIGNED BY RADM A. SMITH, CMP

Interesting pictures of The Queen inspecting the Guard of Honour in Charlottetown. (See Yuill album) That was in September or October 1964 and what the pictures don't show is how miserable the weather was . . . windy, cold, rainy. The guard was deployed upon the dock as the Royal Yacht, HMS Britannia, berthed and we got the full force of the weather. I was the Ensign for the Colour and it was perhaps a good thing that I was among the "heavier" subalterns in the battalion because during the dress rehearsal the day before the wind was so strong that it blew all our bearskins askew and tore the the Colour away from the top of the pike while the bottom remained clenched in my right fist with me heeled over like a wind-driven sailboat in a quartering gale.. The royal salute required that the Colour be let fly and lowered and I was unable to recover it so all of the Colour Party's maneuvers thereafter were directed by Colour Sergeant Rajotte, me being blinded by the Queen's Colour plastered across my face. Fortunately, the weather modified slightly for the day of the actual event, as the photos show, and when it was all done her Majesty repaired to the lieutenant-governor's residence, while we repaired to the wardroom of the royal yacht where we were treated to libations by Prince Philip.

Those who know Bert Rajotte are aware that he had a fear of flying so he was a wreck as we flew from Ottawa to RCAF Station Summerside, there to be bussed to Charlottetown. He turned deathly pale as we approached the landing and the closer we got to the ground the whiter he got as the crosswind pushed on the Yukon's massive tail. We watched the control tower yaw through the windows as we touched down and it was only after we had arrived at the terminal that the crew told us that the Yukon was equipped with swiveling landing gear, allowing the wheels to track straight while the fuselage crabbed to the wind as it rolled down the runway. Bert had to be ordered onto the airplane for the return trip but by then the weather had improved and the trip was uneventful. It is little wonder he did so well in the Canadian Airborne Regiment as there was probably no-one more willing to leave an airplane than Bert.

One final note. In 1964 the liquor laws in PEI were archaic and there was no such thing as a tavern or pub. But there were "clubs" where "members" could drink legally and as part of his recce for the royal visit Gord Simpson got memberships in a couple of clubs for the subalterns so we were able to imbibe legally when off duty. Thank you, Gord.

Al Ditter (June 27)

CVNR Pennies for Veterans Info Release - Vets Groups

Just rounding out a visit to the Force battle fields of the Italian Campaign (2 WEEKS) with 28 family members and 8 CSOR members documenting for FRIENDS OF VETERANS. Next stop, 4 days @ Juno Beach celebration (slept in CANADA HOUSE)...UK with our Force LIVING HISTORY GROUP...RETURNING 16 JULY.

I WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND OUR GUARDS REUNION...@ 88 (years) I require a wee bit of help. ANYONE HAVE SPACE FOR RIDE from BOWMANVILLE TO PET/RETURN for share in costs.

On base accommodation...wheelchair(sometimes)....transportation (sometimes)...I will be alone for this one.

 God bless

William "Sam" Magee, CD OMC,

Strathaven Manor, 106-264 King St. E., Bowmanville, ON L1C 1P9 Canada Phone 905-419-4189 (Fax 905-430-8716)

Gerry,

Like you, I don't think there was such a thing as a regimental cummerbund. We wore the standard black with mess kit and with black tie at dinings-in. I am aware, though, that some of our number managed to tap into the bolts of cloth from which the regimental ties were made and get cummerbunds made in diagonal stripes which they then wore with black tie at non-dining-in functions. After 1970 those who had not rebadged but opted for the standard blue mess kit would also be entitled to wear Canadian Guards cummerbunds once regimental accoutrements were again permitted. They would be exceedingly rare today, given the age of our population and the small number who wore the ten-pointed star into retirement, but I see no reason why someone can't have one made on his own, if he can find the cloth and a tailor. Cheers.

Al Ditter

(Rev. Frank - We both agree that a Stuart Tartan cumberbund would look great. I think I still have my black one but no Tux that fits! GJH) (June 17)

I'm looking for a source for a Guards pattern cummerbund, to wear with my tuxedo.

Are you aware of any? Thanks!... Rev. Frank Patrick (June 15)

** I don't think there is one but I am waiting to hear that officially...anyone got this one??...webmaster***

Hello:

I work for Peter Lockyer and History Lives Here www.historyliveshere.ca an independent production company which, as the name implies, keeps history alive. Please check the website for more information and a look at our "History Moments".

We are in the process of writing/producing this season's episodes and are including a 2 minute video about Camp Picton from its beginnings in 1940 to its closure in the ''60s. I believe many of your veterans have photos of their time at Camp Picton. some appearing on your website, and would like to have permission to use them to help tell the story of the Camp. If you can be of help in this regard it would be much appreciated.

I can be reached at 613-476-5473 - lynnp@kos.net

Many thanks, Lynn Pickering (May 13)

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Hello John

With reference to Danny Wasilewski, RR # 1 Marysville ON., K0K 2N0, the last time I saw him was at one of the Guards Association reunions a few years back...Danny was our platoon commander 10 Pl., 10 Coy., 2nd Bn., Guards in Petawawa and Germany 1957 and 1958. Sgt MacLean "Fred" recently passed away at the age of 81, retired from a full tour, the RSM of RMC was at the time the platoon Sergeant. I can recall this fine officer as a very fit individual with the ambitions of a race horse.

In Gagetown while on 1 Division Exercises he volunteered our platoon to take part in the Division Speed March. Each day for a month we would load up all of our kit called marching order on our back and head out to better our time of 48 minutes for five miles, that is 9.6 mins for each mile. We came in second not because of our time ... but because someone in the platoon had an empty water bottle, or some stupid reason leaving us in second place even though we had best time across the finish line. Lt Wasilewski. This officer was one of the finest examples of a committed soldier always putting his best foot forward honestly and fair with his troops we couldn't have had a better example to follow.

From my understanding, he was with the Polish Air Force stationed in England during WW 2, Polish Air Force in Scotland during World War Two (WWII). take a look at this web site and it will give a great deal of information concerning his war time service. I never did hear him speak of what it was that he did during those war years. He was not one to brag or make a hero out of his personal experiences. As you can tell from my impressions of the man, we respected this officer and were fortunate to make his acquaintance.

Ciao, Howie Pierce, Gdsm 10 Pl., 10 Coy ., 2nd Bn Cdn Gds

from John Power johnandfiona@power12.plus.com Re: CAPT B.K. WASILEWSKI

Just a quick check on the subject character. He was a WW2 veteran to my knowledge. Served in 2nd Battalion and was a keen competitive cross-country skier. I would be interested in his wartime Polish Army background if there is any. Also info on if he is alive still and what he did when he retired. There is no need for this info to be accurate and if it contains a bit of a “folklore” slant this would not be any problem at all.

I’d just like to see what might pop up in a short space of time. I remember one story. When he left the battalion he gave a short and memorable speech. It went something like this - “For the good times-and there were many, I thank you. For the bad times-there were only a few, I forgive you.” Very ethnic and very Polish. Steve Brodsky with his penchant for history might have a nugget or two.

If anybody can provide something “off the line of march” I would appreciate it.

Best regards, John Power (May 6)

My name is Richard Harris, I live near Oxford, England. I am trying to contact the family of Alfred Gover (Band..B/S/Sgt)who died in 2006 and is listed on the bereavement pages on your website: http://www.canadianguards.ca/bereavement4.htm

I am a distant cousin of Alfred's wife Lucy and would like to get in touch with the family. Please if possible would you be able to pass on my details and email address to the family? Thank you for your help.

Kind regards, Richard Harris (Apr 30, 2011...if anyone out there can help, please contact the webmaster)

Col. Charles Carlson passed away last evening (April 26th) in the company of his loving family, in his 86th year. The service and internment will take place in the Kingston area on Saturday May 7th (revised..see SOS) His son, John Carlson, can be reached at 613 373 2662

Rev. Frank Patrick
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The photo and article of the Bde Jr Nco course 1958 got me thinking of the courses that I attended in the 60s. The Jr NCO, Small Arms Instr, and Sr NCO courses I attended all had Pre-courses at Bn level run before the main course. The standard of performance required at the pre-course level was always of a much higher level than the actual course. The failure on a national course wasn't an option for a Guardsmen candidate. My peers and I were motivated to success by the fear of having to explain to the RSM & CO, a training failure RTU when so much time and effort had been put into preparation for the course at Bn level.

It was an awesome system which resulted in most Guardsmen achieving the top third of any and all courses. To achieve the appointment of L/Cpl, I was in-training from January to May 1965. Jack Ueltzhoffer in the photo was my Platoon Sgt following my appointment to L/Cpl.

 Mike Bambrick (Apr 5)


Back row third from the right L Cpl "Jack" Ueltzhoffer, bottom row second from the right L Cpl "Howie" Pierce, both 10 Coy, 2nd Bn Cdn Gds.

4 Brigade Junior NCO Course, Fort Chambly, West Germany 1958. A few of the candidates attending the first Brigade Junior NCO course, Fort Chambley ...above are a few members from the QOR of C , Guards and brigade support elements. On the course there were four platoons:
Guards, Lt Robert Gerald Edwards Pl Commander; QOR of C; R22eR; and supporting troops; RCEME, RCE, RCASC, RCAMC, CProC.

Prior to attending the course as Gdsm and members of the 2nd Battalion Guards, in Fort York all candidate would attend a Pre-Junior NCO course with 7 Company for 12 weeks, learning all that was important for a Corporal to know before taking charge and commanding a section. Those in control at Fort York ensured that only the best Gdsm or L Cpls were to be sent forward to Fort Chambly, with the unit's reputation at stake .

Competing with 136 other candidates from units of the Brigade for the top three positions. It may be noted Cpl s PJ Collins and Howie`` Pierce were among the top three out of 136 candidates with the other being from the QOR of C. Quite a feat ... not uncommon in those days, when the Guards were always either at the top or very close ... in all military training, sports, or skill at arms competitions. Like we say "second to none". (Apr 4, 2011)

This refers to your recent message requesting information on Korea. During the summer of 08 I was selected to represent the Association on a Veterans Affairs pilgrimage to Korea. You may find the attached article (not incl here) of some value. You will note that at one point it describes the vegetation.

During the tour we spent an afternoon at an advanced OP. I was in the company of three former members of the RCR. We tried to identify the various Hills by number and other landmarks. We were not able to do so due the thickness of the vegetation. We were told that the South Korean government had passed a law forbidding the cutting down of trees in the area. Furthermore I did not see any civilian movement in the area and would suspect any travel in the area you referred is forbidden. The South Koreans take the security of the area very seriously and for all intents and purposes they view it as war zone. Hope this was helpful.

Regards Bill MacIver (Mar 29)

The deadline for the summer newsletter is 15 May 2011.

We want to get this out by end May to advertise the July Reunion in Petawawa, therefore it is imperative that this deadline be firm. Items received after that date will not be included in the summer newsletter, but may be published in the Winter newsletter in December.

e-mail John Barclay snail-mail to Secretary/Treasurer at Association address.

The Canadian Guards Regimental Association,
P.O. Box 972, Station "B"
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5R1

Thanks in advance for your cooperation

John Barclay, editor (Mar 23)

Subject: Korea Location of 4th Battalion Canadian Guards

I was a member of the 1st Canadian Infantry Battalion Band in 1953 stationed at the RCS of I in Camp Borden. Shortly thereafter we were re-designated the Canadian Guards Band and in 1954 served a six month tour of duty with the 4th Battalion Canadian Guards in Korea. Our Commanding Officer was Lt. Col. Val Leduc.

I would be pleased to learn exactly where the Regiment was located geographically in Korea and if possible the hill numbers. It may be the case that I will travel there and it will be very important to return to the precise area where the Regiment was located. I do know that we were within a short walking distance of the DMZ. If this request could be passed along to someone who might be able to assist I would be most grateful. Thank you very much.

Harry Pinchin, Band Sergeant Retired, Canadian Guards Band. SB 30485

I am the Cpl. on the left of the photo. Our shoulder flashes may be visible.

NOTE: Please direct your replies to Harry Pinchin (March 21,2011)

This is to Gdsm Tattersall. Mr Tatersall , I found a picture of three men holding trophies, Attached is a photo of Gdsm Katool, Sgt Wragg and Gdsm Tattersall, with the winning trophies that we won twice in succession with the 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade Group when we were based in Soest in Germany in the late 50's.

Gdsm Katool, I believe to be my father. I lost my Dad nine years ago now, so I’m not able to ask him. His name was Grant Katool, but his nickname was Tony. I never heard anyone call my Dad Grant other than my great Aunts. If this is my Dad, and you could tell me any stories of my father it would be most appreciated. You can e-mail me back at jenlumsden@cogeco.ca (my wife’s e-mail) or lootak@hotmail.com

 Thank you, Regards, Anthony Katool

After several years of service with the Royal Canadian Legion working for you, I am “ hanging up my skates” reluctantly. It was an honour to have served ex Guardsmen and obtain for you the benefits that you so richly deserve for your dedicated service to Canada. The honour was special because your service was particularly unique, your dedication of the highest order, and your military achievements of the highest standards. You were second to none among soldiers of the Canadian Army and I am proud to have been a member of The Regiment and to have marched with you. We evoked envy from other soldiers where ever we served and awe among the citizens who occasionally encountered us.

I thank you for your past expressions of gratitude and look forward to “raising a glass” in your honour whenever we gather to celebrate our having been members of a unique band of soldiers. Up the Guards!

Peter Ambroziak

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Captain Peter Ambroziak, CD, Recruit 2762, served with the 2nd Bn

Chief Personnel Support Programs is excited to announce the beginning of a two-year pilot project ''Reconnect''. ''Reconnect'' (<-- click for info) is a Morale and Welfare program focused on former Canadian Forces members and their families.

The pilot project will be conducted in the National Capital Region. (Feb 13, 2011) (Info via Ray Jordan)

Good Day All. We are starting to wind down, and are hoping that someone out there remembers a

Gdsm Joseph Roland (Claude) JEAN.

He served with 1 Cdn Gds in Petawawa 1957-1959.

I would appreciate a quick turn around on this one as we close down on 31 Mar 11...

MARGUERITE.BORN@forces.gc.ca

  Feb 6, 2011 Telephone 613-992-5485 Telecopieur 613-992-9083 See also SITREP

Hi

I would like to email you scans of my dad's pictures from while he was in the Guards. Smith, Donald William Angus enrolled 16 Nov 59 until 1965 service # SA 128008.  He passed away 1987 but my mom and I have recently found your website and would like to contribute. (See Albums section)

Michael Smith Ottawa (Feb 2)

Dear Sir.

I was in the Coldstream Guards training at camp at Fort Wainwright Alberta in 1967. While I was there I took a break and travelled to Ottawa, I was fortunate to be allowed to stay with the Canadian Guards Regiment at CFB Uplands. During my time there I met some very nice people who looked after me . If anyone remembers me and would like to get in touch that would be great. ( I think I owe someone 50 dollars ). If you could pass this on I would be greatfull.

Yours sincerely, Dave Laidler email

Hi Everybody,

Jim Stutt passed away Jan 20 after a long battle with heart problems caused by medications that affected the liver etc. He is survived by his loving wife Wilma . I have known her from our Guards at Camp Petawawa. She is a Saint... Daughter Glynnis[McIntosh] and son Dennis.

There will not be a service. For the friends who knew and cared about our good buddy, DONATIONS to the Heart Fund of Canada would be appreciated.

Jim was our Drum Major with the Guards Band at Camp Petawawa. He was a personal friend of mine and he would never let you down. I hope he does as well in that "Great Band in The Sky". He will be missed by us all. Harry Bligh (See also SOS) and Jim's Website Band

Hi There

Calgary here just trying to track down some old photos of the guards band from about 1957 to perhaps 1961. My father was the drum major then for the band. Drum Major Jack Fisher. Next September will be his 80th Birthday and have been trying to get my hands on some photographs of his “early years”. In 61 or maybe 62, I believe he was transferred from the Guards to the Pats in Alberta. While with the guards he was stationed in CFB Petawawa.

Hope to hear from you soon.. John Fisher (Jan22, 2010)

 

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