Comments #2 page Nov, 2003 - Oct 2004

Roger MacPherson Branch President, Ottawa and District Branch, The Royal Canadian Regiment Association.

Pipe Major Hugh Macpherson has published his new book – PIPERS OF THE CANADIAN REGULAR ARMY 1950-2000. The book offers many details, in words and pictures, of the history of our pipe bands in the Black Watch, Canadian Guards and The Royal Canadian Regiment. It also presents over 80 musical compositions created by the pipers of those bands. The cover turned out to be quite an eye catcher. There are tunes composed by: Fred Alderman, Archie Cairns, Donald Carrigan, Dr. George Fraser, Bill Gilmour, Ronnie Hill, Peter Hogg, John Huggan, John (Oney) Langille, Bill Magennis, Davy McIntyre, Jim Patterson, William Stirling, Jock Wrighte and Hugh Macpherson.

The Book Launch is planned for Sunday afternoon 14 November at Liam Maguire’s Pub. The publisher, Jim Scott from London, will be attending and we will have books available for $30. Hugh says his autographs are free for the asking. He has also produced a ‘training aid’ CD containing excellent electronic reproductions of all the tunes, available for $15. This CD can be played on any CD player as a trainer, not as a pipe music recording.

Any profit accruing from sales of the book will go to support the only remaining battalion pipe band in the Canadian Regular Army, the Pipes & Drums of Second Battalion The Royal Canadian Regiment.

If you are unable to attend the Book Launch and wish to purchase a book and or CD, send a cheque or money order with your return address to: H. D. Macpherson, 2144 Orient Park Drive, Gloucester, Ontario, Canada. K1B 4V9

E-mail: or Phone: 1-613-824-4556 (Oct 25)

Unbeknown to anyone, our son Paul, seeing an Ad in the Ottawa Sun looking for contestants to compete in a singing competition to crown the new "Ottawa Matinee Idol", sent in his father's name along with a copy off of Frank's (Rodgers) CD of his singing, "My Way". When a letter arrived congratulating him for being selected as a contestant in Matinee Idol, nobody was more surprised than Frank.

The competition was held at the Congress Center, on October 13th and 14th, with eight competitors competing each day. The winner of day one sang on day two. The competition was very good on day two as was the winner from day one. But Frank was the clear cut winner. The judges all agreed that his rendition of "My Way" blew them away.

I've known for years that the Guards Association are proud of their own. Now, you can boast that you have a "Matinee Idol" in your tight family group. With best regards, Pauline Rodgers (Oct 25)

Sad news. George was a good Officer. (re: George Harper)

In the short-lived Joe Clark government of 1979-80 the Minister of National Defence was one Allan McKinnon, representing a Victoria Riding as I recall, and Allan was a retired Gunner Major who knew George well. George was serving in NDHQ as a Colonel at the time and Allen asked George to become his EA. This position is normally a political appointment filled by some hot-shot young political science graduate long on theory and wishful thinking but short on experience, with the result the bureaucracy at 101 Colonel By Drive can usually bamboozle the Minister - also usually not someone who knew an APC (pill) from an APC (track). Imagine the consternation when George showed up for work! Anyway, Joe Clark's House Leader couldn't count, they lost a vote of confidence after only a few months in office, and the rest, as we say, is history. A MARI USQUE AD MARE John Selkirk 19 Oct 04

Fifty-one years ago on this day, 16 October 1953 the Regiment of Canadian Guards was formed with the activation of the 3rd and 4th Battalions. The first public announcement was made early in the month by then the Vice-Chief of the General Staff, Major-General HA Sparling, CBE, DSO, CD at Fort Frontenac, Kingston, Ontario. To all who served with The Regiment "Well Done".

Message from Mac & Lorna (Mac is aka (WO) Malcolm George MacEachern, 2nd Bn, Recruit 1328 )

Congratulations Burns Anderson, ... Some will recall that at the 50th Anniversary dinner last year Burns Anderson suffered a "heart stoppage" and was hospitalized in Ottawa. Burns was fitted with a pacemaker. Since that time Burns has been exercising to get back in shape.

On Sunday September 26, 2004, in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront 12 Km Marathon, Burns finished 4th in the age 65-69 category with a time of Well done "Digger"

(Burns was a BOR Clerk in the 1st Bn) via Jas and Guards Net

  Inadequate as words are at times like this, I would like to share some memories with my friends in the Canadian Guards Association and pay tribute to my former commanding officer, comrade and friend, Colonel Strome Galloway.

  I met the Colonel for the first time in rather unmilitary circumstances. I was ordered to deliver a refrigerator to the Galloways in their newly rented house in Forest and arrived from Camp Ipperwash in a 15 cwt truck with a couple of strapping Guardsmen and of course the 'fridge. The front door was opened to me by a very dapper gentleman in mufti (including spats), and we introduced ourselves. He, of course was our new Lieutenant Colonel. After the 'fridge was man-handled into position in the kitchen, Strome introduced me to Mrs (Jean) Galloway and then gave me a tour of the "new" house. He pointed out many items of interest, including a battered German helmet and a pair of German officer's field glasses, both sitting in the front hall table, alongside the silver plate for calling cards. Strome never forgot that meeting and mentioned it to me again at the 50th Reunion!

  He arrived in Camp Ipperwash in June 1955 like a breath of fresh air, and the old 4th Battalion seemed to suddenly spring to life; this, despite a shortage of troops due to releases after our tour of duty and an atmosphere of let-down that had set in following our challenging and hectic year in Korea. Strome tackled the problem head on. He provided newer challenges, and the unit answered the call and was ready and fit for the great 1st Canadian Division concentration in Camp Gagetown later in the summer of 1955. The 4th Battalion was second to none in Gagetown, and did a sterling job as the administration battalion in the field. As Ian Douglas said of Strome, he also gave us "Pigs Have Wings", and what an insight this small book gave us into what it was to be a Guards officer, and it somehow made us feel "special". But Strome's interest didn't end with officers, it extended right through the ranks to the newest recruit.

  In later years, Strome was not only a comrade, he was also a friend, and his support, encouragement and advice on writing projects on which I was working was invaluable. I can never remember him failing to reply to a letter, even in the most trying of circumstances.

  For me his death marks the end of an era, and as they say in the old country, "Wee'l naer see his likes again!". May He Rest in Peace. H.M. (Paddy) Weedle, 1st and 4th Bns, and Cdn Gds Depot

"A Young Guardsman's Point of View"

  When I joined the Regiment in 1957 as a 19 year old "one pip wonder" Strome was already a legend in the Regiment and indeed in the Army. "..Pigs have Wings..." and all that was contained therein, focused all of we would be leaders of men on how to truly live and act as an officer in the Regiment. 47 years later, while the protocols articulated sound a bit dated, and indeed our society has significantly changed, his idea of being an officer defies the passage of time. The spirit of dedication, good manners, generosity and the idea of the Regiment as a family are as true today as when Strome wrote them so many years ago. While I always respected Strome as a wise elder over the years, as I got to know him, he continued to grow in stature, and our relationship, at least to this maturing young officer, blossomed into one that truly became more familial than regimental. As a senior officer of the RCR, with Strome as my "Colonel", I saw the same dedication to duty, and the love of the soldier, that I had experienced as a young guards officer. The last few years as president of our Regimental Association I truly appreciated this truly unique human being who has graced not only our Regiment, but others, with his presence. We have truly lost a great soldier and family member whether Guardsman or Royal Canadian.

  A year or so ago during a routine meeting with Strome I asked whether he had any specific desires for his own funeral when the time arrived. In typical fashion he agreed that we should do the proper thing, and prepare a proper "staff appreciation and plan" for his last parade. Gerry Wharton our immediate past president agreed to take on the task of translating and co-ordinating our "lieutenant colonels" last wishes into reality. In true Wharton style Gerry threw himself into the task, and the result was the outstanding operation of this week. I would like to assure all members of the Regimental family that no one could have received a better organized or heartfelt send-off than that accorded to Strome last week. The RCR and the GGFG, as organizations well known for their own propensity for proper ceremonial, have both offered their kudos for the efforts of Gerry in ensuring that Strome's last parade went as well as the others in his full life. I would suggest that Strome deserved no less, but it is heart-warming to see the dedication, effort and sensitivity, that went into the Strome's final parade on Tuesday. [16 Aug]

  As we reflect on Strome's dedication to his Regimental and natural family, we can only aspire to emulate his dedication and complete personal subservience to "duty and others over self" as something to which we must aspire as a driving force in our short stay here.

Our lives will be much less for his absence. Ian Douglas President, The Canadian Guards Association

I never met Colonel Strome Galloway. I have no doubt though that he has had more impact on my life than any other senior officer apart from Colin Khan, who was my CO in Viet Nam. I have spent a lifetime trying to live to the standards that Colonel Galloway set down in his little booklet “Pigs Have Wings” which he wrote as a guide for junior officers. I still have a copy. The Colonel’s booklet is mostly about social graces, but I gleaned things like loyalty must be earned, you must be loyal to your men and your equals as well as your superiors, to treat all females as ladies, to stand by your word, to be a gentleman in all circumstances and to do the very best that you can in any situation. I have recently read a book entitled “The D-Day Dodgers” which is about the Canadian's in Italy in WW2. Colonel Galloway features a lot albeit as an RCR. His capacity as a warrior is beyond question but possibly more important is the influence he had over young officers in their development to be good and professional, not just career motivated. I hope the Colonel recovers. Should this not be the case he will be an immortal in the minds and memories of all of us whom he influenced. Charles (Chuck) Stamp, Australia.

 There is a great part of me that says, the race that we are put into in our lifetime is not fair to all. Col Strome Galloway has finished first in that race to uncertainty, as a Great Soldier as well as a Great Human Being. All The Guards Family, as well as every person that had the honour of knowing him will sadly miss him. May Col.Gallaway Rest In Peace and May God Bless His Soul. Corporal R.V.Mitchell, Regiment of Canadian Guards, Blue Haven NSW, Australia.

This is Joe (Pinky) White; Just thought you would be interested in the whereabouts of Les Muise. I went through basic training with Les. He is now retired and living in his home town, Quinan, Nova Scotia, just outside Yarmouth. Sorry I don't know his address or phone number. Take care, Joe White (July 15)

Dear Colleagues,
The Conference of Defence Associations (CDA) would like to bring to your attention our "Did you know?"/Saviez-Vous Que? document that is found in a long and short version on our website at document is full of facts and figures about the condition, capabilities, and deployments of the Canadian Forces (CF). (June 14, via G Wharton)

Jas, I returned from Normandy just two days ago, very tiring, physically and emotionally. Attended The Pegasus Bridge Ceromony, and the Cafe Gondrey Dinner.Met many old buddies of mine, and Arlette, who inhereted the Cafe, she was only 4 yrs old when we landed 60 yrs ago.She said to me that as far as she was concerned, all Glider Pilots to her were "Family" very touching .On returning to Canada, among my mail, was all the arrangements for attending the "60th" of "Arnhem" in September, So here we go again. My regards to all, cheers, Fred Sampson. (June 10)

Hello Webmaster
My Father, Bernie Skehen, is shown in one of the photos on your site under "Gerry's Album". .... I'm trying to put together an album of my own (as a gift for Dad), showing my father's life through the years, starting with a picture I just acquired of him as a toddler. It is my hope that I might be able to make contact with some of Dad's comrades and get scanned images of photos Dad doesn't have in his own album. One of his most valued possessions is his Guards album.

Incidentally, I used to "run away" from home when we lived on London Avenue in Picton to "join the army". Running away to join the circus in the fashion of Shirley Temple was just common for me! I wanted to be a Guardsman! I was even thrown off the East Drill Hall floor in Cornwallis for doing the Guards slow march! Cheers! Sonja M. Harding Ottawa, Ontario (June 7, 2004)

Good day all,
We're setting up a page where our members can promote their products and/or services. It could also be a place to just show off your non-commercial "retirement" work. We have some talented folks out there. If you are a member of the Association and wish to do a bit of self-promotion of your business and/or hobby, email (or snail mail) me at Gerry Heffernan May 21,2004

Here is one to try !

I read with interest the most recent newsletter and noted you are looking for volunteers for helping others. I am currently going through some rough roads with a home burnt and bad health thanks to the AECL Chalk River cleanup. So in a month or so I would like to see if there is some little thing I can do to assist another Guardsman. I want you to know it was inspired by seeing Barney and Betty Pearsons name in print. Good old Barney was always a jovial little Sarge who spent many hours following Gdsm Apap in Sennalager picking up Apaps poncho as it rolled out behind him on the "final" assault. In addition to that Barney and Betty befriended many a lonely, homesick lad by sharing their home, food and love.

Barney was a model to follow of a soldier who cared.

It would be my pleasure to find out where he and Betty now reside with Bettys wish to have a dozen children. If you could help me connect I would be most happy to once again talk to these fine folks.

Best regards, Ted Mason 1958/79. May 19, 2004

The latest Canadian Guards Regimental Association Newsletter, page one, "In Memoriam" shows Dennis Hyde, as having passed away. The entry is an error. We believe the error occurred when Dennis advised us of the passing of Tom Jarbeau, and unfortunately Dennis' name was also added to the "In Memoriam" article.
When the error was discovered we contacted Dennis and he replied:

"Thanks, I was going to send you a note to see if I could get resurrected as I have received a few calls and they wanted to know if the call was long distance to heaven. I think they were being polite. (I could have been in the other place)." Dennis May 13

I have been questioned a few times in the past few days ref. my death announcement in the guards newsletter and just wanted to tell you that I`m alive and well here in Chalk River.

Dennis Hyde (at last..some good news! webmaster) May 12

Hello... Just logged on to the site after returning from spending the winter in south Texas. The picture (on home page) is Garth MacDonald,??? and Frank Lafort who has since changed his name. New name unknown. Mac MacEachern, London,ON Apr 19 (It was Ambrose Dwyer in the middle with the sharp bow tie)

I enjoy your web page, it is nice to look at the rare photos of the Guards. Can I make one suggestion? On some of the photos it would be nice to see the names of the former Guardsman if the names are available. I'm sure there are other people that would enjoy seeing the names as well. Regards
Rod Palmer Petawawa April 18

(Rod is correct, of course, but we don't always have the info. Some folks are sending us the names when they know the persons involved, especially as we see below! Keep it up and we will try to update the albums as we go. Webmaster)

The person on the right of the current (05/04/04)picture, does, in fact, resemble a Mr.Bishop, whom I have served with many years ago, but the guy on the right is Bryce MacDonald. I sat with him and his brother, Garfield,(everybody knows Garfield), at the reunion...AND, I must say, a good time was had by all. Jim Dwyer Apr 6

Bill Patterson confirms "the guy on his left" is Bryson MacDonald. Jas Apr 5

The person on the right on the picture presently on the Home Page is John Bishop.
Best Regards John Carroll Apr 4

Re: B&W photo of 3 gents in civvies....Pipe Sgt. J. Huggan............Pipe Major W. Stirling ........Drum Major W. Walford of the 2nd Bn Pipes & Drums (11Coy)..likely taken in 1966 or 1967
Rev. Frank Patrick Apr 3

Matt..from Jas - The person on the left is Bill Patterson. There is a Bryson MacDonald on the roll. (Maybe Bill can let us know who he was talking to!) Apr 3

My name is Matt Corbett, former member of the 1st. Bn. My question is, do you know the name of the guy on the right, of the present picture in the website home page . Looks a lot like a 2nd. Louie from the 1st. Bn. name is Bryce MacDonald. I looked in the who came to Ottawa page and low and behold there is a B. MacDonald listed, could it be the same guy? Anxiously awaiting your reply. Best Regards, Matt Corbett. See above Apr 2

I'm off to Normandy in June to participate in the 60th anniversary of D Day where I landed a glider on the 6th of June 1944, carrying a Jeep & trailer, the Signals Officer, Sgt and three signallers, and the Padre of the Royal Ulster Rifles. Will be going with Ted Barris, who interviewed me just over a year ago, ref the above, for his book recently published called "JUNO" the Canadians on D Day. I'm the only "Limey" in the book. My brother in law Lt.Col William D Little, MC, CD is also in the book.

I'm also off in September to Arnhem, in Holland for the 60th anniversary of that Battle, the September effort all paid for by the Dutch, "Arnhem Veterans Association" the Dutch are marvellous hosts.
Cheers, Fred Sampson (2nd Bn) via Jas Apr 1, 2004

Good morning, My name is Dave Larke. I maintain a web site relating to the Canadian military presence in Northern Germany from the late 50s to 1971. The site has pictures relating to the schools, PMQ life and pictures of the forts past and present. I would like to establish a reciprocal link with your site. If our site is consistent with the aims of your site I would like to establish a link to it from our site. We have links to a number of regimental sites. Our site is

Thank you. Dave Larke, Hemer High, 1960 - 1963 (see Links page also)

Ex 3 RCR pers... 3 Bn The RCR are to Troop the Colour on Parliament Hill on 12 Jun 04. Their Commanding Officer LCol Denne is very interested in former members of 3 RCR, especially the Korea Veterans, who will be able to attend, and may be part of the ceremony as a contingent leading the final march past under LCol Ed Hollyer MC (Ret'd). Further information will be passed along as it becomes available. The RCR Association URL is March 7, 2004

To Al from Jas ..."The email address I have for you is the "southern avoid the snow location". I'll bet you and Doris miss the cold bone chilling wind and snow blowing in your face". got this reply....

Jas, thanks for the prompt response. Miss the snow & cold? You're kidding! .........Actually we have two pools, .....the smaller of the two .... is reserved strictly for residents. The bigger one of the two is used by residents and their obnoxious grandchildren-type guests. Thanks for your help and I hope that you are not being duped into thinking that winter is finally over in Ottawa. Cheers. Al (Klassen) March 6

Jim Stutt update..Jim had a second surgery and all went well. Rick was talking to him last week. He was sore but felt good. Rick and Mary George March 3

Maj. (Bruce?) McCorkell wound up in Saskatchewan. I first met him in the summer of 1958 at the Dundurn army cadet camp when, as a lieutenant-colonel, he conducted an inspection of the cadet canteen where I was a staffer. I would encounter him periodically for the next few years as he paid inspection visits on behalf of Prairie/Western Command to the cadet and militia units in the province.
He eventually retired and took a senior administrative position with the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. His wife was one of my substitute teachers during 1961, my last year of high school. After my graduation from OCP in 1962, I would hear of his continuing exploits from those of my former militia friends whom he hired to work in the areas he supervised, including the university book store. That was a long time ago, but for those who asked, I believe he did indeed settle down in Saskatoon.
Cheers. Al Ditter March 2

Jim Painchaud is in the Kingston General Hospital, he had a kidney removed. All reports are he is doing fine and hopefully should be home soon, I will be visiting him again tomorrow. Jim was a Cpl in the 1st Battalion. Take Care, Best Regards, Butch MacDonald

 I am forwarding a website that you might consider including in your links. Knowing that quite a number of Gdsm served in the Canadian Airborne Regiment at it's inception, I am sure that some might find these links interesting.
I served with the 2nd Battalion from 1957 - 1968, and remained a Gdsm until being ordered to rebadge in 1971 (a sad day I might add). Regards, LA Johnston See links page ..Gerry

Moe Bergeron confirms that Maj McCorkell (see below) was indeed a POW. Not sure as to what war, but suspect it was WW II, (served in Central Europe) and he received the Canadian Efficiency Decoration (ED) for service prior to 1939 would seem to confirm it was WW II. If memory serves me there were about thirty Canadian POW in the Korean War, but I don't recall McCorkell's name being among the RCR. Jas

Mike...My records show Phil Nixon as deceased, no other information, but believe he was living in BC at the time of his passing. Jas Jan 30

As Provost put in a year in the 2 Guards, fun to see names of old friends, is Phil Nixon still around ?? Mike McMillan in Florida for the winter Jan 27

Maj McCorkell 2 Gds 1955 Gagetown. Maj McCorkell the fellow who passed the pix says he was a POW WW2 & was in Korea . Please see if you can find info on him. Bob Harnish

I would like to thank everyone for their kind thoughts and many cards, e-mails, and phone calls during these difficult days, everyone was wonderful. Also for the wonderful Guard of Honour at Dick's Funeral and he always loved the Bagpipes and the Wallace Tartan, Chris & I felt we fulfilled all of his wishes. Blanche Wallace, Chris & Family.

All members of the Regiment join in wishing Drum Major Jim Stutt a speedy recovery from his impending surgery. Hope you're home before Christmas Jim! Robie

To all Guardsmen and their Families
During the holiday season we are usually preoccupied with lots of things: Did I get the right gift for my spouse? Who's going to win the hockey game? Is the government going to include a Christmas bonus in the pension checks? Will the turkey be as good as last year’s?
Lorna and I enjoyed a remarkable reunion in Ottawa and Petawawa and a special thank you to all who made it a resounding success.
During our time with the Regiment we made many wonderful friends which in turn created timeless memories. From Sea To Sea Merry Christmas and a Safe Joyous New Year
Mac and Lorna MacEachern (Dec 4)

Rick Lawrence? (Dec 1)

Rick and I graduated from 15 platoon Canadian Guards Depot in 1964.We went to Cyprus with 9 Coy in the fall of 65. Some other pers in 9 coy were Hank Jones, Fred Maclean, Joe Riley, John Clark, Sam Walker, Don Collier, Fred Babineau and for a short period of time Arthur Cobham. Anyone knowing Rick's whereabouts can contact me Steve Douglas at

My Dad served with the 4th Canadian Guards peacekeeping in Korea I think in 1954. He was in the army from 1953-1956 I believe. My Dad died in 1985 and would like to hear from anyone who served with him. He was always telling us stories about Korea when we were kids and I wish I had paid better attention. Thanks for your help. My Dad's is Lloyd Laminman.
Thanks, Linda (Nov 27)

Hello Sir, I was wondering about the 4th Battalion. My father, Ralph Hanson on his return from Korea in 1953, was transferred from Valcartier to Grand Bend Ontario to the 4th. He has asked me many times if I have heard of any of his old friends. Some of their names are: Mac MacGlashen, Tommy Young, Nick Nickerson, Ed Weatherbee. He transferred to the Black Watch in 1957 and served with them until his retirement in 1970. All be it, he still talks of his time in the Guards and curses the day they received those straight peaked Forge Caps. If you could assist me, it would make his day if he could make contact with his old comrades. Thank you in advance: Perley Hanson, WO Retired

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