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TRANSITIONS 2013 (link to 2013 calendar)

Commemorated
Remembrance Day
11 November 2013

Since 2008, The Calgary Highlanders have committed to attending Remembrance Day services at the Central Memorial Park cenotaph, as a formed unit, its priority on the 11th of November. This year was no exception, with approximately 75 uniformed members of the Regiment attending, along with a contingent from affiliated cadet corps. The master of ceremonies this year was the Regimental Padre, Captain Ken Nettleton, and guest speaker Member of Parliament for Calgary Centre, Joan Crockatt. The music for this year's service was performed on the Highland Bagpipe by Pipe Major Michael Giles, who played the regimental lament "The Flowers of the Forest" just before the traditional minute of silence at 11:00a.m. While this is the traditional pipe tune played at remembrance services in Highland circles, some members of the public may have been confused by the absence of the more familiar bugle call "Last Post."

A number of wreaths were laid in memory of fallen comrades, on behalf of the City of Calgary, the regiment, the regimental association, and a number of military, veterans, and civic organizations, and a number of wreaths were laid by members of the public following the official service in memory of lost loved ones. The ceremony, as it has been for a number of years, was very well attended.

Photos are thumbnailed - click to enlarge

Central Memorial Park was at one time located across from the Colonel Belcher veteran's hospital, which has now relocated across the city. The park is still home to the civic cenotaph and separate memorials to local soldiers who served in the South African and First World Wars.

Despite the city's latest building boom, the Calgary Tower still overlooks Central Memorial Park while the vigil stands guard at the Cenotaph. Once again, large crowds turned out despite the increasing number of different events throughout the city on Remembrance Day.

 
About 75 soldiers were in uniform and on parade for the service.

Padre Captain Ken Nettleton was right at home speaking to the crowd in more ways than one; in civilian life, he is the Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Calgary, kitty-corner to Central Memorial Park.

"Last Post" was replaced by the regimental lament, "Flowers of the Forest", performed by Pipe Major Michael Giles, followed by the traditional minute of silence at precisely 11:00 a.m., marking the anniversary of the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 when the guns stopped firing to end the First World War.

Members of the various local cadets corps affiliated with The Calgary Highlanders were on hand to both observe the ceremonies and take part in the wreath layings.

Veterans both old and new lay a wreath on behalf of The Calgary Highlanders Regimental Association.

The Commanding Officer, Lieutenant-Colonel Kyle Clapperton, CD, and the Regimental Sergeant Major, Chief Warrant Officer Bob Besse, CD, lay a wreath on behalf of the regiment.

Following the service, the Regimental Pipes and Drums proceeded to the Field of Crosses, a private display on Memorial Drive, for a short performance.

The performance at the Field of Crosses was appreciated by the small crowd there.

Also appreciated were the efforts of a dozen or so Calgary Highlanders who visited the new Colonel Belcher veterans' hospital following the Remembrance Day services. MCpl S. McDermott and Cpl S. Taylor have been making the Colonel Belcher a part of their November 11 routine for several years now. Both soldiers are veterans of the war in Afghanistan and have taken it upon themselves to organize visits to those veterans, young and old, who are confined to long term care and can't make it out of the hospital to attend the regular Remembrance Day services. There were many smiling faces from veterans, families and care givers as young and old veterans and soldiers exchanged stories during their visit.

 

The CBC news reported on the ceremony on the evening news:

Upgraded
Windows 7 Notice for Unit Computer Users
6 November 2013

From the Adjutant:

Windows 7 upgrade is being done sooner than expected. Everyone needs to get their stuff off their desk top start up page, and copy files on to memory sticks this Wednesday night. Also, there is a form for everyone to fill out and sign. They will be in A Coy office. I need as many back as possible at the end of work 6 November. Some of the highlights to the upgrade are below, but some other things are:

The system crashes periodically. Back up everything you work on or you may be starting all over again.

Some programs are not compatible, DND IT are working on those issues, but no quick solution in place.

For the next few months after the upgrade, your computer stations will be uploading new files and shutting off. If you don't save what your working on, its going to be lost.

Because this is an upgrade and if you don't save your stuff, don't ask for a mirror of your drive as it will be lost and deleted off the drive due to the new program being installed. Cant go backwards on a new operating system to retrieve files.

Adjt

USER/UNIT SIGN OFF FORM

1.    There are some risks associated with the Windows 7 migration that users should understand before their workstations are migrated, as well as how to mitigate them and how to request support. Below are some briefing points that users should acknowledge at the individual user, section or unit level depending on the organization and Det.  The format can be modified.  The points below are specific to DWAN terminals; other networks (GPNet, CSNI) will have differences.

2. Backup.  Although the automated migration process may migrate user data, an interrupted or failed migration will likely cause the loss of any data on the workstation's C: drive.  Any user documents should be moved off of the C: drive well before migration.  The networked Q: and M: drives are backed up daily, and are better locations to store your work.

3.  PST files.  A related concern is networked Outlook .PST files. Many users use .PST archive files to store old emails.  With Windows 7 and Outlook 2010, crashes are known to occur with networked PST files and data loss is possible.  Immediately after your computer is migrated to Windows 7, any .PST files on you network drives (M:, Q:)  should be moved to local storage, like the C: drive or an authorized USB drive. Note that it should not be moved to the C: drive before your computer is migrated, as C: drive data may be lost during the upgrade.  Instructions for moving PST files will be on the Service Desk SharePoint site below.

4. Application support.  The nationally supported Baseline applications are being tested with and gradually released for Windows 7. A current list of supported applications can be found at http://dsblcsf.ottawa-hull.mil.ca/apps/.  Machines should not be migrated to Windows 7 until all required applications are available. The user unit is responsible for identifying any special (non Baseline) software during the pre-migration validation and providing installation media.  3 CDSG Sig Sqn will assist with acquisition if required and perform the post-migration re-installation.

5. Next day impact.  Most Windows 7 migrations will take place automatically overnight when scheduled, and users should expect some delays before using their machines the next day.  After scheduled migrations, 3 CDSG Sig Sqn personnel will be available in unit lines to remediate any failed migrations or install special (non-Baseline) hardware or software, which may keep users using their machine all day. Many successfully migrated machines will also need part of the day for the user to reinstall any required Baseline applications (like Monitor Mass, etc).  See the Service Desk SharePoint site below for instruction to add/remove Baseline programs.  Most workstations are also unable to access the internet for part of the first day as updated security policies are automatically loaded onto the machine

Commemorated
Battle of Walcheren Causeway
30 October 2013

The annual commemoration of the Battle of Walcheren Causeway was held at Mewata Armouries at 20:00hrs on Wednesday, 30 October 2013. A short parade was held, with Honorary Consul Mrs. Irene Bakker representing the local Dutch community and acting as Reviewing Officer. Honorary Colonel Michael Shaw was also in attendance, along with former Honorary Colonel Fred Mannix and former Commanding Officer Colonel (ret.) Sam Blakely.

Master Corporal D. ter Kuile received her promotion to Sergeant on parade from the Commanding Officer, Lieutenant-Colonel Kyle Clapperton, CD.

Master Warrant Officer G. Fedoruk and Master Warrant Officer C. Tucker were presented the first clasp to the Canadian Forces Decoration, representing 22 years of long service and good conduct in the Canadian Forces.

Major R. Palmer, Sergeant Moore and Corporal O. Avelino were presented their Canadian Forces Decorations, for 12 years of service in the Canadian Forces.

Mrs. Irene Bakker inspects the guard.
Sergeant ter Kuile Major Palmer
MWO Fedoruk MWO Tucker
Sgt. Moore Cpl Avelino

Interviewed
Lieutenant-Colonel (ret.) Mike Vernon, CD
25 September 2013

Chief Warrant Officer Mike Lacroix has interviewed past Commanding Officer LCol (ret.) Mike Vernon, CD; his military history podcast is available at the following URL: https://canadianmilitaryhistorypodcast.ca/ The interview with LCol Vernon is episode 001 and available here: http://podcast.canadianmilitaryhistorypodcast.ca/?p=34

Assumed Command
Lieutenant-Colonel Kyle W. Clapperton, CD
11 September 2013

At a well-attended parade held at Mewata Armouries on Wednesday, 11 September 2013, The Calgary Highlanders paraded one last time for Lieutenant-Colonel Michael Owens, CD. The parade was brief but poignant, with Lieutenant-Colonel Eppo van Weelderen, CD, Deputy Commander of 41 Canadian Brigade Group serving as Reviewing Officer. The outgoing Commanding Officer presented engraved sporran flasks to the Regimental Sergeant Major, Chief Warrant Officer Bob Besse, and to the incoming Commanding Officer (and immediate past Deputy Commanding Officer) Lieutenant-Colonel Kyle W. Clapperton, CD. The Commanding Officer also presented a photograph of the Task Force SILVERTIP troops (those who were engaged in flood relief duties in the summer of 2013) as a means of reinforcing the importance of the regiment to the community. The presentation was made to Master Corporal Robert Jackson, a long serving Calgary Highlander who accepted the gift on behalf of the serving soldiers of the regiment. The outgoing C.O. was presented a miniature stand of Regimental Colours under glass as a memento of his service.

Photos and more details of the Change of Command parade will be made available on the website in due course.

Received
Unaccompanied Baggage of Captain Robert Morgan-Dean
6 September 2013
 

When Lieutenant Robert Morgan-Dean, a platoon commander in "A" Company of The Calgary Highlanders, was warned in June 1944 of  the impending move of the battalion to the combat zone in France, he packed his dress uniform and other personal belongings in a trunk, which did not make the trip across the English Channel to the fighting in Normandy. Leading a platoon through the battalion's first actions at Hill 67, and through the fighting that followed, he survived to be promoted to captain and command of "A" Company, but ultimately was killed at the age of 26 just as the Battle of Normandy was coming to a close. The Regimental Museum and Archives has subsequently learned that the trunk made its way back to Canada to his wife and family, who tucked a couple of mementoes (including his obituary) into the trunk, but otherwise left it undisturbed for the last 69 years.

The trunk had passed into the possession of The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada in Vancouver, where Morgan-Dean's family originally resided. Through the kindness of Honorary Lieutenant Colonel Rod Hoffmeister, the trunk was passed on to former commanding officer of The Calgary Highlanders, Colonel (ret'd) Sam Blakely, who personally retrieved the trunk and made the long drive back from Vancouver with the trunk in his personal possession.

With a film and reporting crew on scene to witness the unique event, staff of the Regimental Museum and Archives opened what in effect is, in the words of museum curator Captain Peter Boyle, a "time capsule into Regimental history."

 

Robert Morgan-Dean is mentioned in Dr. David Bercuson's regimental history, Battalion of Heroes, which notes that "A" Company lost two company commanders in Normandy (one killed and one wounded) by the time Morgan-Dean was promoted to the position. He had already distinguished himself at Hill 67 and May-sur-Orne in July and heavy fighting in August including the successful action at Clair Tizon. On 26 August 1944, as the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division approached the River Seine, he was killed:

Red Anderson, riding dispatch (on motorcycle), had taken him (Captain Morgan-Dean) to see McLauchlan (the CO) and was now bringing him back to A Company: “I told him, ‘When you want off, pound me on the back.’  We were going about sixty m.p.h. and he started pounding me and I skidded to a halt.  He jumped off and a machine gun opened up and almost cut him in half.  Dead before he hit the ground.”

Continuing from Battalion of Heroes: “Born in England, R.L. Morgan-Dean had been living in Vancouver when the war broke out.  Though married, he joined the army in July 1940 and was transferred to the Highlanders in 1943.  A Lieutenant when the battalion first landed in France, he had been promoted to Captain after his leadership at Hill 67 and was made Company Commander prior to the fighting at Bretteville, where he showed great bravery and intelligence.  He was one of the finest Company Commanders to serve with the Battalion and was just twenty-six years old when he was killed."

Captain Morgan-Dean is buried at Bretteville-sur-Laize cemetery.

 


Captain Peter Boyle, Museum and Archives Curator, centre, in the collections area, addresses the assembled guests before the opening of the trunk. On hand were representatives from The Military Museums, Canadian War Museum, and 41 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters, as well as The Calgary Highlanders.


The Regimental Museum and Archives will put the contents into quarantine and fully catalogue the contents before beginning the process of formally "accessioning" the items, but guests were treated to the rare privilege of being permitted to handle these rare artifacts - with white gloves and under the watchful eye of museum staff! Among Captain Morgan-Dean's possessions were his dress uniform (kilt, service dress, Sam Browne belt, regimental pattern badger-head sporran, and glengarry), a copy of the regimental newsletter from February 1944 (an issue which may be missing from the current holdings, a rare treat for the archivist), kit bag, valise, and various personal effects and correspondence.

 

Still Retiring
Captain John Wellington Alden, CD
6 September 2013

Due to the floods in Calgary in June, this event was postponed. It has been rescheduled as per below, however, Captain John Alden, CD, did retire from the Canadian Forces on 21 June 2013 after 35 plus years of dedicated and loyal service to our country. Captain Alden has worked in various units over the years (The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada, 78th Field Battery, RCA (Red Deer), The Loyal Edmonton Regiment, The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada, 14 Service Battlion Calgary, DCO Area Support Unit Calgary), starting off as a private to Chief Warrant Officer including RSM of The Seaforth Highlanders, taking his commission to Captain and remaining with The Calgary Highlanders until his retirement. Within The Calgary Highlanders, John has held several positions, most notably DCO, unit finance officer, and OIC of Mewata Armoury. As OIC Mewata Armoury, his steadfast dedication, determination and countless after hours work has kept the armoury in top shape for all who work within.

Captain Alden will remain in Calgary and enjoy his well deserved retirement with his wife Petey and daughter Kacie.

A Depart with Dignity retirement ceremony will take place in the Mewata Armoury Officers Mess 6 September 2013 at 1830h (801-11th St S.W., Calgary, AB). Dress: Dress of the day for military personnel working late and casual for civilian guests or unit personnel coming from civilian employment.

Cost: there will be a $10 charge at the door for food, and a cash bar will be provided throughout the evening.

Confirmation of attendance at this celebratory event, as well as anecdotes and farewell messages are to be sent to Capt S.A. (Steven) Zivkow, Adjt Calgary Highlanders at steven.zivkow@forces.gc.ca, or call (403) 410 2320 Ext 3337.

Announced
Continuing the Mission of Restoring the Army's Historical Identity

In this Canadian Forces/Department of National Defence Backgrounder:

http://www.forces.gc.ca/site/news-nouvelles/news-nouvelles-eng.asp?id=4880

A number of changes were announced that will have an effect on ranks, insignia and traditions Army-wide. Those items of most concern to The Calgary Highlanders are bolded in the text below, and some explanation on historical context and how this will affect the Regiment follow:

BG - 13.028 - July 8, 2013

When the Government of Canada announced that it was reinstating the historical name of the Canadian Army in August 2011, it restored an important part of the Canadian Army’s heritage. The restoration of traditions related to the historical identity of the Canadian Army appropriately reflects the re-designation of the institution.

The proposed changes include the re-introduction of divisional nomenclature and patches for the current Land Force Areas; traditional rank insignia for officers; corps shoulder titles following the restoration of traditional titles to a number of Canadian Army corps in April 2013; and the Canadian Army’s secondary badge. Further, the Minister of National Defence announced the intention to restore the historical Army rank names for non-commissioned members.
Divisional Nomenclature and Patches

Land Force Areas will be renamed as divisions and Canadian Army personnel will wear appropriate division patches. Formations will be renamed as follows:

Land Force Quebec Area will be referred to as “2nd Canadian Division”;
Land Force Western Area will be referred to as “3rd Canadian Division”;
Land Force Central Area will be referred to as “4th Canadian Division”;
Land Force Atlantic Area will be referred to as “5th Canadian Division”; and
Land Force Doctrine and Training System will be referred to as “Canadian Army Doctrine and Training Centre”.

There will be no change to 1st Canadian Division Headquarters.

Corps Shoulder Titles

Following the restoration of the Canadian Army’s corps in April 2013, corps metal and cloth shoulder titles will be produced.

Army Rank Names

The historical rank names for non-commissioned members, which have long been used informally, are being considered for formalization, at which point they would change as follows:

Privates of the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps will be referred to as “Trooper”;
Privates and corporals of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery will be referred to as “Gunner” and “Bombardier” respectively;
Privates of the Corps of Royal Canadian Engineers will be referred to as “Sapper”;
Privates of the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals will be addressed as “Signaller”;
Some Privates of the Royal Canadian Infantry Corps will be referred to as “Fusilier,” “Rifleman” or “Guardsman”, depending on their type of unit; and
Privates of the Corps of Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers will be referred to as “Craftsman”.

In addition, the second lieutenants and warrant officers in Guards regiments will be addressed as “Ensign” and “Colour Sergeant”, respectively.

Traditional Insignia for Officers

In line with the formalization of historical rank names for non-commissioned members, the traditional army officer rank insignia – with the stars, or “pips,” and crowns – are being restored. This ranking system is more than a hundred years old and continues to be used by armies the world over. Historically, the variations of the stars and crown were used to delineate rank so that officers could recognize each other on the battlefield. Canadian Army colonels and general officers will also wear the traditional gorget patches.

Canadian Army Secondary Badge

The new Canadian Army secondary badge is based on the historical Canadian Army badge used during and after the Second World War. It features the crossed swords, overlaid by three maple leaves conjoined on one stem. A crown is placed atop the maple leaves. The secondary badge will be displayed on the Canadian Army ensign and pocket badge.

Conclusion

The restoration of these features is a significant step in the restoration of the Canadian Army’s traditions. Symbols and traditions establish links to soldiers’ heritage, and represent meaningful reminders of military history.

Historical Background - Divisions

Students of regimental history will know that The Calgary Highlanders, and the predecessor unit, the 10th Battalion, C.E.F., previously served in formations designated as divisions. While the 1st Canadian Division has been active in several periods of Canadian military history (1914-1919, 1939-1945, 1954-1958, 1988-1989, and 2010-present), higher-numbered divisions have previously only existed in wartime. The 10th Battalion served with the 1st Division in the First World War, and the 1st Battalion, The Calgary Highlanders served with the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division in the Second World War.

When Land Force Western Area becomes redesignated 3rd Canadian Division, it will mark the fourth incarnation of that formation. A 3rd Canadian Division was created in 1916 and served in the trenches as part of the Canadian Corps, serving in combat in France and Flanders until the end of the First World War. In May 1940, a 3rd and 4th Canadian Infantry Division were mobilized following the invasion of France and the Low Countries by Nazi Germany. Canada ended the war with 5 overseas divisions, and had also mobilized a 6th, 7th and 8th Division for home defence service. In 1945, a 3rd Division, Canadian Army Occupation Force was created in Europe for service in Germany following their surrender. Both of the 3rd Divisions served briefly concurrently, the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division quickly disbanding in the summer of 1945 and the 3rd Canadian Division, C.A.O.F. remaining in Europe into 1946 when it too disbanded, another incarnation never to reappear.

No details of new insignia have been made available, but very likely the historic divisional patches of the divisions will be used, as has been the case with the "Old Red Patch" of the 1st Division. During the First World War, the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Canadian Divisions adopted tactical recognition patches in the form of cloth rectangles, 3 inches wide by 2 inches tall, coloured red, blue, French-grey, green and garnet (maroon) respectively. This style of identification, and colour scheme, was again adopted in 1941 following the mobilization of five Canadian divisions for overseas service in the Second World War.
 

 

The commander of the 1st Canadian Division, MGen David Fraser, at left, wearing the 3-inch by 2-inch red rectangle of that formation (the "Old Red Patch"), during the "standing up" ceremony of the headquarters in 2010.

        

The commander of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division, MGen Rod Keller, photographed circa 1944 wearing the French-grey patch of his division on the battledress uniform.

Historical Background - Rank Insignia

The Canadian Army historically used the rank sequences of the British Army up until Unification of the Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army, and Royal Canadian Air Force into a single Canadian Armed Forces in 1968, and the adoption of the current system of rank insignia.

The Calgary Highlanders have maintained the use of rank crowns and stars from the older system on the older "coatee" Full Dress uniform, and on Mess Dress, per Canadian Forces Dress Regulations.

The rank star previously in use was the Star of the Order of the Bath. It is not known which star will be used for rank insignia in the new system.

There has been nothing to suggest that the current structure of non-commissioned members has been changed.

Celebrated
95th Birthday of Private Stanley Anderson

The Regimental Association has received a note from Susan Gaab:

Pte Stanley Anderson, served in (the Second World War) with the Calgary Highlanders, (currently of Simcoe, ON) celebrated his 95th birthday, on May 30th, 2013, with his niece and great nephew (pictured here), his sister, and extended family.

I would hope that someone from the Regiment, Veteran's Affairs, and/or Government has sent him a birthday greeting.

Thanks,
Susan Gaab

Those wishing to pass on a note of birthday congratulations may send them to The Calgary Highlanders Regimental Association at

calghighr.glen@gmail.com

and the Association will forward them on.

The Regiment certainly passes on its congratulations to Stanley Anderson, and its thanks for his service to the Regiment when he was needed during a time of great crisis in the Second World War.

Last Post
Jack John Sigerson

The regiment has received the following from the family of Jack John Sigerson, a Second World War veteran of The Calgary Highlanders:

For your records, my dear father, John Sigerson, a Calgary Highlander during WWII passed away on June 26, 2013. He was a proud member of your regiment.

The obituary in the Chicago Tribune, published on June 28, 2013, reads:

Jack John Sigerson, 89, of Chicago, passed away June 26, 2013. Born April 13, 1925, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Devoted Husband to Barbara Ann (nee Jones); father to Teresa, Kathleen, and John Michael; grandfather to Jason and Andrew; brother to Mary, Joseph, and Shirley; loving son to the late Patrick Joseph and Annie(nee Casey). Proud of his WWII service in (the Canadian Army) where he was (a) proud member of the Queens Own Rifles and the Calgary Highlanders Regiments. He was awarded the France-Germany Star. Inurnment will take place at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Toronto. Any contributions in his honor should be made to Midwest Hospice and Palliative Care Center in Glenview, Illinois.

The Regiment passes on its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Jack John Sigerson.

Deployed
Task Force SILVERTIP

In response to massive flooding in Calgary and throughout southern Alberta, 41 Canadian Brigade Group was authorized to deploy Task Force SILVERTIP to conduct domestic operations in support of disaster relief efforts. On the afternoon of Friday, 21 June 2013, soldiers of The Calgary Highlanders began to muster at Area Support Unit Calgary, on the site of the former Currie Barracks. By midnight, 77 Highlanders had been mustered and in all the Task Force came to number 500 reservists. The scale of both the disaster, and the operation, is unprecedented in Alberta's history. The flooding is the second most expensive weather-related event in Canadian history (only exceeded by the cost of the eastern Canada ice storms in 1998). It is believed, subject to verification by the Regimental Museum and Archives, that this is the largest peacetime deployment of the regiment in its 103-year history.

More details and photos will be provided on the website as they are made available. Initial reports suggest that the deployment of the reservists has been a major success; 1 Platoon in particular received not only national but international media attention for its efforts in securing a river bank threatening homes in the Inglewood district of Calgary on Saturday, 22 June 2013. Photos of the platoon's efforts in moving sandbags have appeared locally on the cover of the Calgary Sun, and in print and online versions of the Calgary Herald and Metro News, and online in such venues as the CNN website.

Emergency management in Calgary has shifted from a response posture to one of recovery. While efforts continue to return the city to something like normal operations, all continue to be aware that some soldiers and family have suffered loss of property and possessions. The City of Calgary's blog has up to date information on everything from re-entering communities to how best to volunteer to assist with the relief and recovery efforts:

http://www.calgarycitynews.com/

Background information on the 2013 Alberta floods can be found on Wikipedia: (2013 Alberta Floods article) Standard cautions apply when using information on Wikipedia, which is not strongly vetted for accuracy. The article does however contain reference links to reliable news sources, and provides a reasonable summary overview of events related to the disaster.

Photos regarding The Calgary Highlanders response to the event can be found in the article on Alberta Flood - June 2013.

Last Post
Honorary Colonel Gordon "Scotty" Cameron

The Regiment is saddened to pass on the news of the passing of former Honorary Colonel "Scotty" Cameron, who served as Honorary Colonel of The Calgary Highlanders from 1 July 2000  to 31 December 2001. The full text of the obituary published in the Calgary Herald is as follows;

CAMERON, Gordon Wallace (Scotty)
May 26, 1931 - Mankota, SK
June 18, 2013 - Calgary, AB
It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Scotty Cameron after a long battle with acute arthritis and related complications. He showed us all courage and determination under difficult circumstances. Scotty was born in the small prairie town of Mankota, Saskatchewan, the youngest child of Wallace and Mildred Cameron, and was known as "The Man from Mankota". Scotty attended the University of Saskatchewan where he met his loving wife of 58 years, Joan (nee Schnell), obtained his Bachelor of Commerce in 1955, and made many lifelong friends. Together Scotty and Joan built a rich life, raising their three children, Maggie, Catherine and Gordie. Joan and Scotty had strong bonds with a large, loving and caring extended family. They built deep and long lasting friendships, enjoyed extensive travel and led a life of service to others. Scotty had a distinguished career marked by accomplishments in business and community service, and received recognition of these accomplishments, which this once poor prairie boy could not have envisioned. Scotty was Deputy Minister of Industry and Commerce for the Government of Saskatchewan (1964 - 1970) and General Manager of the Independent Petroleum Association of Canada (IPAC) (1970 - 1974). He is most well known as President and CEO of PanAlberta Gas (1974 - 1994) ably assisted during those years by continuing friends, Leslie Marvill and Catherine Van Gaalen, and supported by loyal and valued employees. During this time he served as President of the Canada Energy Council, President of the World Energy Council, President of the Calgary Petroleum Club and the Chairman of the Oilmen's Golf Tournament. After his retirement he remained involved in the oil patch as an investor and director, including a special association with Jeff Tonken starting with service to the Calgary Stampeders Football Club as a director in the 1990's, and continuing through the remainder of his life, most recently as a director of Birchcliff Energy Ltd. Scotty was inducted into the Saskatchewan Petroleum Industry Hall of Fame on June 11, 1997. His community work was extensive, and included chairing campaigns for the Calgary United Way, Easter Seals, Light Up a Child's Life, the Cancer Society and the University of Saskatchewan. He was a director or trustee of numerous charitable and educational organizations including serving on the Board of Governors of the University of Calgary. Of particular interest to Scotty was supporting the military. He was Honorary Colonel (Retired) of the Calgary Highlanders Regiment, and a director of the Calgary Military Museum and the Calgary Centre for Military Strategic Studies. He was proud to have tea with Queen Elizabeth and report to her on the status of her Regiment on three occasions. Scotty was a proud Canadian and son of Saskatchewan and Alberta. For his service to community he was awarded the Order of Canada in 1995, an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Saskatchewan, the Queen's Jubilee Medal and the Confederation Medals of both Saskatchewan and Alberta. His hobbies of coin and stamp collecting brought him great pleasure and relaxation. Through this he connected with many other accomplished collectors around the world. Scotty is survived by his wife Joan Cameron; his daughters Maggie (Bill) Pringle and Catherine (Bruce) Gerus; his grandchildren Laura Pringle, Heather Pringle, Brydon Gerus, Calvin Gerus, Scott Pringle and Kendal Gerus; his sister Beulah Stinson; his brother Bill (Christine) Cameron; his brother-in-law Buzz (Jenny) Schnell and sister-in-law Ann McCaig as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other extended family and many good friends. He was predeceased by his son Gordie in 1976, a special child who was and is part of the soul of Scotty and Joan's family. A Celebration of Scotty's life will be held at Calgary Golf and Country Club (one and one half blocks West of Elbow Drive on 50 Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB) on Monday, June 24, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If you so desire, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Scotty's memory may be made directly to the Calgary Highlanders: Mewata Armoury (801 - 11 Street S.W., Calgary, AB, T2P 2C4). Make cheques payable to: The Calgary Highlanders. The family wishes to thank Dr. Thornton and the team of caregivers and staff at Southwood and The Beverly Glenmore. Scotty appreciated and was grateful for all the wonderful people who helped him. Scotty's legacy as a loving husband, kind and generous father and grandfather, loyal friend and service to his community will live on within the hearts of all those who knew him. In living memory of Scotty Cameron, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.

At last report, a Celebration of Life service was scheduled for the Calgary Golf and Country Club on Monday, 24 June 2013. Those travelling from out of town should be aware by now of the severe flooding in the southern Alberta area and make their travel plans accordingly.

The Regiment offers its most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Gordon "Scotty" Cameron.

Commissioned
Regimental Wristwatches

Time is Ticking has been commissioned to do a limited edition regimental wristwatch. The colour brochure and order form was included in the latest issue of The Glen, and a copy can also be downloaded by clicking here.

The watches feature Seiko movement, 24 karat gold plating, a full colour regimental badge and title on an engraved stainless steel caseback, and a choice of alligator-style leather wristband in red, blue or black, or a regimental Government-tartan wristband in fabric and leather.

For more information, see the informational poster or visit Time is Ticking at http://www.timeisticking.ca to see some of the other commemorative timepieces they have created.

Invited
61st Annual Highlander Weekend & Ball
2 - 4 August 2013

Invitation and registration information for the upcoming visit to the 1st Battalion, 161st Infantry, Washington Army National Guard, can be found by clicking here.

Retiring
Captain John Wellington Alden, CD
21 June 2013

Captain John Alden, CD, will retire from the Canadian Forces on 21 June 2013 after 35 plus years of dedicated and loyal service to our country. Captain Alden has worked in various units over the years (78th Field Battery, Royal Canadian Artillery (Red Deer); The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada; The Loyal Edmonton Regiment (4 PPCLI); The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada; 14 (Calgary) Service Battalion; and Deputy Commanding Officer, Area Support Unit Calgary, starting off as a private to Chief Warrant Officer including RSM of The Seaforth Highlanders, taking his commission to Captain and remaining with The Calgary Highlanders until his retirement. Within The Calgary Highlanders, John has held several positions, most notably DCO, unit finance officer, and Officer-in-charge of Mewata Armoury. As OIC Mewata Armoury, his steadfast dedication, determination and countless after-hours work has kept the armoury in top shape for all who work within.

Captain Alden will remain in Calgary and enjoy his well deserved retirement with his wife Petey and daughter Kacie.

A Depart with Dignity retirement ceremony will take place in the Mewata Armoury Officers Mess 21 June 2013 at 1830h (801-11th St S.W., Calgary, AB). Dress: Dress of the day for military personnel working late and casual for civilian guests or unit personnel coming from civilian employment.

Cost: there will be a $10 charge at the door for food, and a cash bar will be provided throughout the evening.

Confirmation of attendance at this celebratory event, as well as anecdotes and farewell messages are to be sent to Capt S.A. (Steven) Zivkow, Adjutant Calgary Highlanders at steven.zivkow@forces.gc.ca, or call (403) 410 2320 Ext 3337.

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Lance Corporal Rosino "Rosie" Gagliardi

The Regiment has received news from the niece of Rosino Gagliardi that after a brief illness, Second World War veteran Rosino "Rosie" Gagliardi has passed away at the age of 89. The family passes on the following information via Denis Mascardelli, Presidnt of the Regimental Association:

I've received a letter from the niece of B144618 Rosino Gagliardi to say that he died on 8 April in Niagara Falls, ON at the age of 89.  Rosino was born in Italy but his family immigrated to Canada shortly after his birth.  He served his new country in the Calgary Highlander during the war, and was wounded on 29 Sep 44.

Rosino lived in Calgary until about a year ago when he moved to Ontario to be closer to family.  He was a generous supporter of the Association. 

Dennis Russell, co-curator of the regimental museum and archives notes that the regimental records indicate he held the appointment of Lance Corporal and was wounded on 29 September 1944 between the Turnhout Canal and Eindhoven, during the fighting to clear area around Antwerp.

The published obituary read:

Passed away on Monday, April 8, 2013 at the age of 89.

Dearly loved brother of Abraham (Val) Gagliardi, Freemana Comin and Mary (Joseph) Campagna and brother-in-law of Don Johnson. Lovingly remembered by many nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by his son, Barry Ivor, and his wives Jessie Doreen and Elsa Joan. Predeceased by his sister Katherine Johnson and his brothers Adam, David and Peter Gagliardi.

Rosy worked for Cyanamid, retiring after many years of service. He was an active member of the Cyanamid 25 year club.

Rosy was a ... veteran of World War II having served with the Calgary Highlanders regiment and was wounded in combat in Holland. Rosy was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 284 and a member of the Independent Order of Old Bastards (I.O.O.B).

Memorial visitation and service will take place in Niagara Falls on Wednesday evening. Cremation will follow with interment at Lundy’s Lane Cemetery at 3:00 on Thursday, followed by a celebration at the Legion 479 on Spring Street.

In memory of Rosy, donations to the Cancer Society would be appreciated by his family.

The Regiment passes its belated condolences to the family and friends of Rosino "Rosie" Gagliardi. A self-published memoir of his experiences is available through Google Books at this URL.

Stood Down
2012-2013 Training Year

The Calgary Highlanders ended the 2012-2013 training year on Wednesday, 22 May 2013 with a unit barbeque. A briefing in the officers' mess for all ranks followed, outlining the upcoming training year, and a C.O.'s hour was held for the junior NCMs during which the battalion 2 i/c and adjutant fielded questions on training and other items of concern.

Brigade RSM Kelly (left), former RSM of The Calgary Highlanders, drops in and chats with Drum Sergeant Brian Woodward and newly returned Pipe Major Michael Giles.
Regimental Support Staff from the PPCLI, Captain Steven Zivkow, the unit adjutant, helps prepare and serve the meal as thanks to the troops for a year of hard work.
Sergeant Michael Arnott, at left, also RSS and the unit's Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant, mans the grill while hungry officers line up - from left to right Captain Pittet, Lieutenant Hill and 2nd Lieutenant Mulrain.
The regimental padre, standing, looks over the proceedings as the unit shelters from the unfortunately not uncommon drizzly May weather.

 

 

Commemorated
St. Julien's Weekend 2013

The Calgary Highlanders once again commemorated the counter-attack at Kitcheners' Wood on the night of 21-22 April 1915 by the 10th and 16th Battalions, CEF, with the events that have long been a traditional part of the unit's annual training calendar. The special guest for the weekend was Colonel Roy C. Boehli, CD, Commander of 41 Canadian Brigade Group.

On Saturday, 19 April, the officers of the unit had their traditional dining in, and on Saturday, 20 April The Calgary Highlanders exercised their right to the Freedom of the City of Calgary and marched with bayonets fixed, colours flying and drums beating to City Hall, led by the Regimental Pipes and Drums. The Old Guard fell in at the Calgary Public Library and the traditional lament and wreath laying were conducted at the regimental plaque on the Old City Hall, originally erected by surviving members of the 10th Battalion after the First World War. Colonel Boehli inspected the regiment, including the Old Guard. The regiment marched back to the Armouries down Stephen Avenue Mall, where the Regimental Association conducted its Annual General Meeting. A brief awards ceremony was conducted, and the regiment adjourned to the annual all-ranks St. Julien's Dinner.

(Photo at right via Captain Holly Mitchell)

A new Board of Directors for the Regimental Association was elected at the meeting:

President - Denis Mascardelli
Vice-President - Ken Clements
Vice-President - Wayne Stretch
Treasurer - Gord Cousins
Secretary - Vacant
Serving Members Rep - Cpl Mike Irwin
Director Without Portfolio - Darrell Knight
Director Without Portfolio - Boris Trnavskis
Director Without Portfolio - Brian Woodward


Ken Clements, Darrell Knight, Denis Mascardelli and Wayne Stretch in the Kit Shop on 17 April 2013.
Photo by Gord Cousins.

Details of the Regimental Trophies can be found on this page.

The Ensign's Award, for most proficient junior officer based on performance from April 2012 to March 2013, as selected by the Commanding Officer and assisted by the Deputy Commanding Officer and Officers Commanding the companies, was awarded to Captain Beauchamp.

The Sergeant Miller Trophy, presented to the most proficient Master Warrant Officer, Warrant Officer or Sergeant in the unit, as selected by the C.O., on consultation with the RSM, DCO and OCs, went to Master Warrant Officer Glenn Fedoruk.

The Overseas Battalion Award, recognizing the best junior non-commissioned officer in an infantry or combat support role, went to Master Corporal Buckley.

The J.V.H. Milvain Award, recognizing the best junior non-commissioned officer in a non-combat role, went to Master Corporal Daphne ter Kuile.

The Lieutenant Colonel Mark Tennant Trophy, awarded to the best rifle shot in the regiment, goes to Sergeant Malenfant for 2012.

The Lieutenant Colonel P.F. Hughes Trophy for Most Proficient Member of the Regimental Pipes and Drums went to Corporal Drummond.

The Waterhouse Award, presented by the senior non-commissioned soldiers of the regiment to the most deserving junior rank for a broad range of achievements, was accepted by Sergeant Moore.

The Lieutenant Colonel Spaan Award given to a "Soldier of Excellence" and chosen by ballot from among his peers; Corporal Davis was selected for 2012.

The Chief Warrant Officer Marty McCumber Award went to Denis Mascardelli for outstanding service to the Regiment and Corporal Keen received the Colonel J.Fred Scott Award for outstanding athlete.

Private McCarty was given the most improved hockey player award, Privates Matheson and Collins shared the award for Most Valuable Hockey Player and Corporal Irwin was named Most Explosive Soldier by "A" Company.

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Charles Edward (Ted) Jaquish (M11557)

The Regiment received belated news via Canada Post of the passing of Charles Edward (Ted) Jaquish. Alice Jaquish writes:

Charles (Ted) Jaquish, a World War II vet, passed away on February 09, 2013. He was 98.

Ted served overseas in the Army from 1940 to 1945. He joined up with the Calgary Highlanders...but transferred to the Lorne Scots...and finished the War with the Saskatoon Light Infantry (Machine Gun) battalion.

Ted was afflicted with Alzheimer's that progressed slowly over many years. However, his Army training remained with him till the end and he was still surprisingly strong and upright and remained in good spirits.

We thought you might be interested as there are, of course, fewer and fewer Vets from (the Second World War).

Ted was always proud and felt privileged to be able to maintain his affiliation with the Calgary Highlanders. Thank you for making that possible.

The Lorne Scots (Peel, Dufferin and Halton Regiment) provided headquarters defence units throughout the Canadian Army during the Second World War, while the Saskatoon Light Infantry (M.G.) was the machine gun battalion of the 1st Canadian Infantry Division.

The Regiment passes its sincere condolences to the family, friends, and surviving comrades of Ted Jaquish on their loss.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Represented
2nd Annual Claude Nunney, VC, DCM, MM Dinner

The Calgary Highlanders were represented by CWO Kent J. Griffiths, MMM, CD at a dinner honouring the memory of Claude Nunney of the 38th Battalion, C.E.F. The dinner, the 2nd Annual, was hosted by the Warrant Officers' & Sergeants' Mess of The Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders in Cornwall, Ontario on 9 February 2013. Copies of his remarks and images can be found by clicking here.

At right, CWO Griffiths, the Chief Reserves and Cadets Chief Warrant Officer, presents a Quaich to Regimental Sergeant Major Grant Pyle of The Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry Highlanders.

 

 

 

 

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Harold Alexander Marshall

The Regiment is saddened to learn of the passing of Harold Alexander Marshall. During the Second World War, H.A. Marshall served overseas in the 1st Battalion, Calgary Highlanders in the rank of sergeant, gaining immortality via the lens of famous Canadian Army Film and Photo Unit photographer Ken Bell. The still image at right, captured at Kapellen, Belgium, on 6 October 1944, has been widely reproduced in a number of venues, including Bell's photo essays of the Canadian experience in the Second World War, and Gwynne Dyer's book War to name just two.

The obituary notice from the Calgary Herald reads:

MARSHALL, Harold Alexander
February 10, 1918 - January 18, 2013

Harold Marshall passed away in Calgary just short of his 95th birthday.

Harold served overseas with the Calgary Highlanders in World War II and worked for the City of Calgary Electric System from 1946 until 1975.

He is lovingly remembered by his wife Catherine, daughter Judith, son Gerald, grandchildren Wesley (Michelle), Jodi (Michael) and Lindsay (Mike) and three great- grandchildren Madyson, Kayley and Sydney. Harold was predeceased by his son Harold Jr. in 1973 and by his siblings Edith, Melba, Elsie and John "Jack".

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY'S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W., Calgary, AB) on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen's Park Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. A special thank you to Extendicare Hillcrest, 2nd floor for their loving care of Harold. In living memory
of Harold Marshall, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.


The Regiment expresses its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Harold A. Marshall on their loss.

CBC News story (January 25, 2013):


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