Former Commanding Officers of The
LCol Clapperton was born in Calgary, Alberta
and raised in Airdrie, Alberta. He completed a Bachelor of Science
degree in Exercise and Heath Physiology and a Masters of Kinesiology
degree in Exercise and Functional Fitness, both from the University of
Calgary. LCol Clapperton has an academic interest in occupational
fitness training and as partial fulfillment of his Masters degree,
competed a study titled “Training for long distance load carriage in
In 1988, LCol Clapperton joined the local
army cadet corps. Highlights of his six years with 3016 RCACC (Calgary
Highlanders) include the Leadership and Challenge course at the Banff
National Army Cadet Camp in 1992 and the Basic Parachutist course in
1993. LCol Clapperton joined the Canadian Forces Primary Reserve in 1994
as a Private with The Calgary Highlanders and shortly thereafter was
accepted into the Reserve Entry Scheme Officers program. Initially
employed as a Platoon Commander, he has subsequently been tasked in
every command and staff role with in The Calgary Highlanders. Following
Militia Command and Staff Course in 2003, LCol Clapperton has served as
the Unit Operations Officer, Officer Commanding A Coy, Officer
Commanding HQ Coy and Deputy Commanding Officer for The Calgary
Highlanders. From February to August 2007, he was deployed to Kabul,
Afghanistan as a trainer and mentor to the Afghan National Army at the
Kabul Military Training Centre. He returned to Kabul in April 2010 to
work at the Afghan Command and Staff College. Domestically, he served as
the Deputy Commanding Officer of Task Force Silvertip, the 41 CBG
contribution to Op LENTUS for the flood response in Calgary in June
2013. In September 2013, LCol Clapperton was promoted to his current
rank and assumed command of The Calgary Highlanders. He completed the
Joint Reserve Command and Staff Program at the Canadian Forces College
in July 2014. In June 2017, he relinquished command of The Calgary
Highlanders and is presently employed as a member of the Directing Staff
for the Primary Reserve Army Operations Course delivered by the Canadian
Army Command and Staff College.
LCol Clapperton lives in Calgary with his wife, Devan
Kublik, and in his civilian career is employed with the Calgary Police
Service as the Manager of the Health, Safety and Wellness Section. In
their spare time, they enjoy travelling and adventures in the mountains
to hike, mountain bike and ski.
Lieutenant-Colonel Owens was born in
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. He joined the Reserves while still
in high school in January, 1990. Later that year he graduated from
Strathmore High School in rural Alberta.
As a young Corporal he deployed to Croatia
for OP HARMONY Rotation 2 in 1993 with 2nd Battalion, Princess
Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. Upon his return to Canada, Corporal
Owens completed his Infantry Section Commanders Course and numerous
trade courses while working on his University degree. He graduated with
a Bachelor of Arts in Military History and International Affairs from
the University of Calgary.
As a Master Corporal he took the option to
become an officer in 1996 and completed his officer training as an
Infantry Platoon Commander. Since that time Lieutenant-Colonel Owens has
occupied all the normal positions for an infantry officer including
Platoon Commander, Company Second in Command, Officer Commanding "A"
Company, Unit Training Officer, Operations Officer, and Deputy
Commanding Officer. He has completed the Militia Command and Staff
Course, Infantry Dismounted Company Commanders Course, Army Operations
Course, and Command Team Course. Lieutenant-Colonel Owens took
command of The Calgary Highlanders on 6 November 2010.
civilian life, Lieutenant-Colonel Owens started his own company, Blatant
Media Corporation in 2002 that designs and deploys e-learning.
Lieutenant-Colonel Owens is married to Sybil Cynthia Owens and has three
sons, Callum, Macallister, and Harrison.
Command of The Calgary Highlanders passed to
Lieutenant-Colonel Kyle Clapperton on 11 September 2013.
Lieutenant-Colonel Vernon was born in
Windsor, Ontario, in 1963. The son of a career army officer, he moved
regularly from base to base across Canada. He was an army cadet for four
years and during that time completed the Basic Parachutist Course. In
his final year of high school, he joined the Canadian Scottish Regiment
as a private.
In 1981, Lieutenant-Colonel Vernon attended
Royal Military College in Kingston, graduating four years later with a
Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature. He was commissioned in
Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, and completed a Master of
Arts degree at Dalhousie University in Halifax before joining his
regiment's Second Battalion in Baden-Soellingen, West Germany, in
In Germany, Lieutenant-Colonel Vernon served
as a mechanized rifle platoon commander, completed the Basic Mortarman
Course, obtained his German jump wings, and played on his unit's rugby
team. When the battalion was repatriated in 1988, he was posted to Royal
Roads Military College as a newly-promoted captain and squadron
commander. One year later, he went to 3 PPCLI as second-in-command of C,
and later Administration, Company. He finished his Short Service
Engagement as a leadership and tactics instructor at the Infantry School
at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown. As a secondary duty, he edited the
quarterly Infantry Journal.
On leaving the army in 1994, he and his
wife, Sherri, moved to Calgary and shortly thereafter he spent a month
in Croatia as a freelance journalist. On his return, he began working
for CBC Newsworld as a researcher and later television news program
producer. He is currently a videojournalist for the CBC TV supper hour
news program "CBC News at Six". During the spring of 2002 he was
assigned to cover Canadian troops in Afghanistan and spent two months in
Kandahar, Kabul, and Bagram.
Lieutenant-Colonel Vernon joined the Calgary
Highlanders in 1999. Since then, he has completed a number of staff
courses and served as the operations officer, officer commanding A
Company, and deputy commanding officer. In 2003 he was the deputy
commanding officer of Task Force Four, assigned to fighting forest fires
near Okanagan Falls, BC. In 2006 he completed the Combat Team Commanders
Course in Gagetown, New Brunswick. He was promoted to his present rank
and assumed command of the Calgary Highlanders in October 2007. He
commanded the Regiment during its Centennial year and handed over
command on November 6, 2010.
Portrait by Miko Photography
Lieutenant-Colonel Tom W. Manley, CD
Lieutenant-Colonel Manley was born in Niagara Falls, Ontario,
in 1964 and was raised and educated in southern Ontario, attending college in Toronto. His
military career started in 1981 when he joined the 56th Battery, Royal Canadian Artillery
as a Gunner. He also served for a short time as a Rifleman with the Queen's Own Rifles of
After a brief hiatus from the military while attending college, Officer Cadet Manley was
commissioned as a Regular Force infantry officer in 1986. Basic training, Infantry Officer
training, and French language training followed, and 2nd Lieutenant Manley was posted to
the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry as a platoon commander and
Unit Training Officer.
Captain Manley then completed a tour of Cyprus as Company Administration Officer, then
went to the Canadian Airborne Regiment as a platoon commander in Two Commando. He served
briefly as Coordinator of Official Languages at CFB Calgary upon return from the Airborne,
and then went to the 1st Battalion of the PPCLI with whom he served in the former
operated as second-in-command of Headquarters Company and was tasked also as Senior Duty
Officer and Assistant Operations Officer, in which capacity he oversaw several battalion
operations. He took command of Combat Support
Company of 1 PPCLI upon his return to Canada.
In 1997, he attended the Canadian Land Forces Command and Staff College, following which
he was posted to 41 Canadian Brigade Headquarters as the G3 (Training). In 1999, Captain
Manley left the Regular Force, and joined the Calgary Police Service Calgary while also
transferring to The Calgary Highlanders. Promoted to Major shortly thereafter, he was
appointed as Officer Commanding "A" Company, a post he held for two years. After
command of the rifle company, Major Manley became the Regiment's Deputy Commanding
Officer, a post he held for three years.
Major Manley left the Calgary Police Service in 2004 to operate his successful investment
company in Calgary, the same year in which he attended the Joint Reserve Command and Staff
College in Toronto. Following his promotion to Lieutenant-Colonel and
his tour of command, he accepted the position of Regimental Secretary.
"Lee" Villiger, CD
Lieutenant-Colonel Villiger was born
in the British Medical Hospital in Iserlohn, West Germany on January 8, 1956. As the son
of a PPCLI soldier, he was raised on numerous military communities living in Germany and
Canada. Lieutenant-Colonel Villiger joined The Calgary Highlanders in 1983. He served in
the ranks in "A" Company as a machine gunner until 1985 when he was commissioned
as a Direct-Entry Officer. After serving as a Colour Party Ensign and Assistant Adjutant,
Lieutenant Villiger served for two years as an infantry Platoon Commander. He progressed
as an infantry company Second-in-Command and then served as Officer Commanding a rifle
At the head of his regiment - 41 Canadian
Brigade Group Parade, Wainwright, October 2002.
Throughout his military career, Lieutenant-Colonel
Villiger has held positions of Museum Executive Officer, Pipes and Drums Officer,
Adjutant, Operations Officer, Officer Commanding the Alberta Training Detachment, and he
progressed onwards as the Deputy Commanding Officer of The Calgary Highlanders. In this
position he was appointed a member of the Board of Directors of the Museum of the
Regiments and the Calgary Military Museum Society.
Lieutenant-Colonel Villiger has passed his Field
Operations Examinations, his parachutist course, winter warfare training, the Intermediate
and Advanced Classification Courses, the Presiding Officer’s Course, Militia Command
and Staff Course, The Commanding Officers’ Course, and the Joint Reserve Command and
Staff Course. Throughout his service, he has received no less than 4 top candidate
trophies and 4 significant unit awards. Lieutenant-Colonel Villiger took command of The
Calgary Highlanders March 9, 2002. Highlights of his command are the first joint field
exercise with the 161st National Guard and the Celebration of 50 years held in 2002 with
the 161st and the Proclamation with the City of Spokane. He has been the 41 Canadian
Brigade Group Battle Group Commander on five exercises of the Alberta Reserves, three of
which have been major live fire exercises. The high point of his career was a personal
visit with the Colonel-in-Chief, HM Queen Elizabeth II at her private suite at Buckingham
Palace, July 31, 2003.
In his civilian life, Lieutenant-Colonel
Villiger graduated from the University of Calgary in 1983 with a Bachelor of Education
Degree and in 1994 with a Master of Education Degree in Administration. He is presently a
school principal of the new Juno Beach Academy of Canadian Studies. Throughout his life,
Lieutenant-Colonel Villiger has played college and semi-professional ice hockey, been an
active fundraiser for school programs, and has coached numerous school and community
Lieutenant-Colonel Villiger left the Calgary
Highlanders after his tour as Commanding Officer to take up a position with 41 Canadian
Brigade Group as G-9, passing command to Lieutenant-Colonel Tom Manley on 2 April 2005.
Lieutenant-Colonel Lee Villiger resides in
Calgary with his wife, Karen, and their two sons, Kurtis, and Kenneth.
J Spaan, CD
Lieutenant-Colonel Spaan was born in
St. Catharines, Ontario, and holds both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of
Education from Brock University, as well as a Graduate Diploma from the
University of Calgary. His military service began with 2856 Royal Canadian
Army Cadet Corps, followed by enlistment in The Lincoln and Welland Regiment
in 1972 as a private soldier. He was commissioned there in 1976.
Lieutenant-Colonel Spaan moved to
Calgary in 1981 to pursue a teaching career and went on to hold every
command appointment in the Calgary Highlanders. He commanded the Regiment
from January 1999 until March 2002, and then assumed the post of Assistant
Chief of Staff (ACOS), HQ 41 Canadian Brigade Group. In 2003, he deployed to
Bosnia as the Task Force G3 followed by a deployment to Afghanistan in 2004
with Combined Forces Command Afghanistan (CFC-A) as a Strategic Planner.
Upon return to Canada in 2005, he retired from his civilian teaching career
and was attach-posted on full-time service to National Defence Headquarters
(Ottawa) with the Chief Transformation (CT) office.
Lieutenant-Colonel Spaan was subsequently posted to the
Strategic Joint Staff (SJS) as part of its stand-up team seeing service as
the section head for Western Hemisphere Operations from February 2006 until
August 2008 when he assumed the position of Senior Staff Officer -
Readiness. He is a graduate of the Militia Command and Staff Course (MCSC
‘89), the Joint Reserve Command and Staff Course (JRCSC ‘97), the Advanced
Military Studies Course (AMSC 5, 2002), and the Canadian Security Studies
Program (CSSP 9, 2007). He and his wife Deidre Morton relocated their
household to Brockville in 2011. He retired from the Canadian Armed Forces
31 January 2014.
Richard James Goebel
was born and educated in Kitchener, Ontario on 1 May 1952, graduating with a Bachelor of
Arts degree in Psychology from the Wilfrid Laurier University. At age 17, Goebel had
enrolled in the Highland Fusiliers of Canada in May 1967, and transferred to the Calgary
Highlanders in March 1983 with the rank of captain. He served in the former
Yugoslavia from May 1993 to June 1994 in high level staff positions. On 2 February
1997 he was appointed Commanding Officer of the Calgary Highlanders, with his promotion to
Lieutenant-Colonel coming in April.
Lieutenant-Colonel Rick Goebel and his wife, Dr. Pamela Jayne Goebel, always
brought life to regimental social gatherings. In the civilian world, Goebel worked
for Goliger's Travel in Calgary, and enjoyed a keen interest in military history, fitness
activities, computer war gaming, singing and reading.
LS Grime, CD
Peter Grime ws born
in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, England, being educated at the Forres Academy, Morayshire,
Scotland and in 1972 graduated from the Mons Officer Cadet School in Aldershot, Surrey
with a Short Service Commission in the British Army. Service with the 1st Battalion,
Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders followed in Osnabruck, West Germany as part of the British
Army of the Rhine. The battalion later moved to Northern Ireland, and then CFB
Suffield, Alberta in 1973. In 1974 he attended courses at the Royal Military Academy
in Sandhurst, and rejoined the QOCH in 1975 after graduation. His battalion was then
posted in Germany, then back to Scotland and another tour of Northern Ireland. He
also served as a Major in Belize, Central America, and in 1977 commanded the 81st Army
Youth Team in Inverness, Scotland.
In 1980, Major Grime served on the Commonwealth team that
supervised the independence of Zimbabwe, and later in the year returned to England to
serve as an anti-armour platoon commander and instructor. Rejoining his battalion in
1983 as Officer Commanding Headquarters Company, he started another tour of Northern
Ireland. He returned to CFB Suffield in 1985 as staff officer personnel and unit
public relations officer for British Army Training Unit Suffield (BATUS). He
returned to his duties as OC HQ Company in the now amalgamated Queen's Own Highlanders at
Munster, Germany in 1987.
Upon retirement from the British Army in 1989,
he emigrated to Canada and joined the Calgary Highlanders the next year, acting as both
staff officer with Southern Alberta Militia District and Deputy Commanding Officer of the
Regiment. Promotion to Lieutenant-Colonel accompanied his appointment as Commanding
Officer in 1994. He went on to act as Deputy Commanding Officer of Alberta Militia
District in 1997.
In civilian life, he resided in Calgary with his
wife Risa, and was employed by the Nova Corporation.
Lieutenant-Colonel J. Lynn Moffat, OMM, CD
Lieutenant-Colonel J. Lynn
Moffat served a second term as Commanding Officer - an event unprecedented in Regimental
history - beginning in September 1991. Two highlights of his second tour of command
included the Regiment's contributions to Operation Harmony in the former Yugoslavia, and
the piloting of the Cooperative Education Military Program for Alberta Militia District,
the Calgary Catholic School Board and the Calgary Board of Education.
Lieutenant-Colonel Moffat retired from the Canadian Forces in February 1994, and from his teaching
position with the Catholic Board in 1997. He went on to serve as President of the
Tenth Battalion Calgary Highlanders Association and in the position of Regimental
Lieutenant-Colonel Allan G
Born in Edmonton,
Alberta, Allan Maitland received his public education in Trenton, Ontario. In 1968
he received his Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Thomas University, Fredericton N.B.
While at university he enrolled in the Canadian Officers Training Corps. On
graduation he was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the regular army and was posted to the
2nd Battalion, The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada. He served with
that regiment for two years including a six-month tour of duty in Cyprus, and in 1970
began a further two years of service as a DND Regional Information Officer at Halifax.
Maitland left the regular army in 1972 to study law at Dalhousie
University in Halifax, receiving his Bachelor of Law degree in 1975, serving in the Militia
also during this period. In 1975 he moved to Calgary, articled, and joined the
Regiment. After a short break from service he returned to the Calgary Highlanders as
a company commander and deputy commanding officer. He commanded the Calgary Highlanders
from 1989 to 1994. In civilian life he served as a partner in the firm of McNiven,
Kelly and O'Neil, and resided in Calgary with his wife and daughters Heather and
E Dennis, CD
Murray Dennis began
his association with the Regiment in 1967 when he joined the Calgary Highlanders Cadet
Corps. He joined the Militia in 1971 and rose to the rank of Sergeant before
commissioning in June 1971, going on to hold most regimental appointments, including Band
Officer (during his career he had also played in the Regimental Pipes and Drums as a tenor
drummer). Promotion to Lieutenant-Colonel came at age 32 in September 1985, bringing
his term as Honorary Aide-de-Camp to the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta to a close; he
had acted in that capacity for 10 years, serving three successive Lieutenant Governors.
||Colonel John E Fletcher,
John Fletcher served
in the Royal Canadian Air Cadets from 1959-1961, after which he joined the Loyal Edmonton
Regiment as a private, and transferring to the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry in 1962.
He joined the Regular Army in 1964 as an Officer Cadet under the Regular Officer
Training Program and graduated from McMaster University in 1968 with an Honours degree.
Following graduation he served as a subaltern with 2 Transport Company of 2
Canadian Brigade Group, and later was posted to 2 Service Battalion as Administration
Officer in the Supply and Transport Company.
He remained with 2 Service Battalion in CFB Petawawa until 1970,
moving to staff duties with 5e Battalion des Services du Canada and the headquarters of 5e
Groupement de Combat at Valcartier between 1971 and 1973. He left the Regular Force
in 1973 as a Captain, and attended the University of Western Ontario to complete a Masters
degree in Business Administration (1975) and a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1978.
During his summers, he served as Ontario Cadet Movement Officer at CFB Trenton (1974) and
Assistant Administration Officer at Camp Ipperwash (1976). He moved to Calgary in
1978 to work as a corporate lawyer, and joined 14 (Calgary) Service Battalion.
Promotion to Major came in 1979, and he joined the Calgary Highlanders in 1982 as
Commanding Officer in the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. After his tour as CO, he
served as Governor of the Army Cadet League of Alberta, and then as an instructor at the
Militia Command and Staff College. In 1987 he was made Deputy Commander of Southern
Alberta Militia District, and assumed command of the District, in the rank of Colonel, in
1990. He relinquished command in 1994 and retired in 1996 as an officer at Land
Force Western Area Headquarters.
Colonel PF Hughes, CD
Following short engagements in the RCAF (Auxiliary) and the RCNR, Colonel Hughes joined
the 3rd Battalion of The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada in Toronto as a rifleman in 1962. He
was commissioned a year later and served with the 3rd Battalion for 15 years as Adjutant,
Company Commander and Deputy Commanding Officer until 1977 when his civilian job took him
In Calgary, Colonel Hughes served with the Southern Alberta Militia District and Western
Militia Area until 1982 when he was appointed Commanding Officer of the Calgary
Highlanders. On termination of that appointment he assumed command of Southern Alberta
Militia District until his transfer to the Supplementary Reserve in 1987.
Colonel Hughes continued to maintain a strong interest in the Militia with active
involvement with the Alberta Army Cadet League, The Queen's Own Rifles Association in
Calgary, and the Regimental Trust Fund.
A graduate of Queen's University with a Bachelor's degree in Economics and Political
Science, Colonel Hughes worked for a brief time at Bell Canada as a management trainee
before joining Xerox Canada Limited as a marketing representative. He remained with Xerox
for 30 years holding a variety of management positions in Toronto and Calgary until his
retirement in 1991.
Colonel Hughes went on to serve as Vice President of Mark Staffing Solutions, Inc., a
company founded by his wife Beverley and later jointly owned by them. Under their creative
leadership, Mark Staffing Solutions grew to a multi-million dollar operation employing 20
people and became one of the largest suppliers of staffing in Calgary.
In early March 2000, The
Honorable Arthur E.
Eggleton, Minister of National Defence, announced the appointment of Colonel Paul F.
Hughes as Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel of The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada.
Lieutenant-Colonel J. Lynn
Moffat, OMM, CD
Moffat joined the Saskatoon Light Infantry (MG) in Kindersley, Saskatchewan, serving as a
corporal piper from 1954 to 1956. His post secondary education was begun at College
Militaire Royal in St. Jean from 1956-1959, where he held the appointment of Cadet Flight
Leader and Deputy Squadron Commander. In 1958 and 1959 he won the Marshall Memoir
Award, and in the summer of 1959 won the Royal Canadian School of Infantry's Sam Browne
From 1959 to 1961 he completed his studies at
the Royal Military College in Kingston, where he held the appointment of Cadet Wing Band
Commander, and after graduation with his Bachelor of Arts degree in French was posted to
the 2nd Battalion of the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada.
After serving in Europe and Gagetown with the battalion, Moffat
left the Regular Army in 1964 to continue his education at Dalhousie University, serving
with the Princess Louise Fusiliers until graduation in the spring of 1965 with a Bachelor
of Education degree. He joined the Calgary Highlanders in 1965 and served in various
positions until 1976, when he was appointed Commanding Officer in the rank of
Lieutenant-Colonel, serving in that capacity until 1979. During his command, he served for two
years as Directing Staff at the Kingston Staff College, and he left the Forces in 1979.
In 1986 he was asked back into the service to train officers at the Militia Command
and Staff College as well as the Mobile Command Officer Examinations, and he held this
position until 1991. From 1988 to 1991 he coached the Prairie Militia and CIOR team;
one of his trainee officers won Canada's first gold medal ever in CIOR competition.
Moffat was awarded the Force Mobile Command Achievement Award, Commander's Level. In
September of 1991 he was appointed Commanding Officer for an unprecedented second term.
||Colonel SE Blakely, CD
Colonel Sam E
Blakely enrolled as a Private in The Calgary Highlanders in 1962 and was commissioned the
following year. He served continuously with the Regiment until 1976, with two
periods of attachment to The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada in Vancouver. He was
promoted Lieutenant-Colonel and made Commanding Officer in 1973. After turning over
command to LCol Moffat, he was appointed Senior Staff Officer (Militia) for Southern
Alberta Militia District, then Deputy District Commander in 1977. In 1980, he was
promoted Colonel and took command of SAMD, and was appointed Aide-de-Camp to the Governor
General of Canada the same year. Colonel Blakely transferred to the Supplementary
Reserve in September 1983.
||Colonel GD Stewart, CD
Doug Stewart was
born in Victoria, British Columbia, and attended the University of Washington on a
swimming scholarship, completing a BA in Business Administration. He joined
"A" Battery of the 18th Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery while working
for Gulf Oil in Pincher Creek, Alberta. A transfer to Gulf Oil in Calgary also
brought transfer to the 19th Medium Regiment, RCA. When that regiment was disbanded
in 1964, he joined the Calgary Highlanders with the rank of Captain.
Employment with Canselex Ltd in Vancouver, BC in 1966 brought about
transfer to the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada, and he returned to the Calgary Highlanders
in 1970 as a Major. After service as DCO he was appointed Commanding Officer in
1971. Promotion to Colonel followed in 1974, when he commanded South Alberta Militia
District. He retired in 1977, and in civilian life retired from Mobil Oil in 1992,
establishing his own consulting and marketing company specializing in sulphur exports.
Vince O'Connor, CD
Vince O'Connor began
his military career while attending St. Mary's High School when he joined the Royal
Canadian Army Cadets. After three years in cadets he became a cadet instructor with
the 19th Alberta Dragoons, and entered the law program at the University of Alberta.
He was commissioned into the Civilian Instructor's List (renamed in recent years as
the Cadet Instructor Cadre) on 10 April 1950, later becoming an Officer Cadet with the
Militia. Upon graduation with degrees in Art and Law, O'Connor joined the King's Own
Calgary Regiment, but had to resign in December 1952 while articling for the Alberta Bar.
He was admitted to the bar in June 1952 and established his
practice. He joined the Calgary Highlanders in 1953 as an Officer Cadet and was
commissioned Second Lieutenant on 28 February 1956. He held most regimental
appointments, serving as adjutant for many years under Lieutenant-Colonels Tennant, Lewis
The Calgary Highlanders
witnessed many difficult episodes in the 1960s; as the Vietnam War caused a decline in
public interest and respect for the military in the United States, and in Canada, the
Militia found itself challenged in many ways. The role of the unit changed from
infantry to emphasize re-entry operations and aid to the civil power. A pilot
project resulted in the loss of Regimental Headquarters and unit identity, the regiment
lost the right to wear traditional Highland dress, the Pipes and Drums were disbanded
along with outlying companies throughout southern Alberta, and throughout what little
remained there were reductions in strength and equipment and massive pay
Major O'Connor accepted
promotion and appointment as CO on the condition that the unit once again became a
meaningful entity permitted to perpetuate its proud history. He became CO in 1968,
retiring for business reasons on 1 March 1970, continuing to practice law and establishing
a family of five children. One of his sons, Michael O'Connor, served with the
Regimental Pipes and Drums for several years until the band reverted to all-volunteer
status, when he joined the infantry and continued to volunteer with the band.
H. Vince O'Connor, CD, has
served as Honorary Solicitor to the Alberta North West Territories Command and as
Chairman to the Dominion Constitutional Law Committee.
commanded the Regiment from 1967-1968; his tour included the presentation of new Colours
by HRH Princess Alexandra of Kent at CFB Calgary.
Brackenridge was an Ontarian and geologist in civilian life. Employed in the oil and
gas industry in Calgary, transfer to Texas in 1968 forced him to relinquish command of the
||Brigadier General HO
Wagg, CD, MD, CM, FRCS (L)
H Ovas Wagg was born on 6 January
1929 in Ravenna, Ontario. He was educated at Queens University in Toronto and became
a Doctor of Medicine as well as Master of Surgery. In 1959 he joined the Royal
College of Surgeons of Canada, and specialized in Gynecology until his retirement.
His military career began in 1950 when he joined the Queens
University Contingent (COTC), and on 1 October 1952 went to 1 Field Ambulance of the Royal
Canadian Army Medical Corps.
postings included 110th Manning Depot in Calgary (1 July 1954), 16th Medical Company RCAMC
(1 July 1955) and Regimental Medical Officer to the Essex and Kent Scottish from 1 January
1957 to 1 September 1960, when he joined The Calgary Highlanders.
He was appointed company commander and later
Deputy Commanding Officer. On 12 January 1962 he assumed command of the regiment
with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel, serving until 31 December 1966. In civilian
life, he maintained his medical practice, and on 1 January 1970 assumed the duties of
Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel of The Calgary Highlanders, serving in that capacity until 1
January 1975. He also continued to hold an active rank of
the Southern Alberta Militia District, serving from 1 January 1973 to 30 June 1973 with
the headquarters of that formation, before promotion to Colonel and assuming command of
the District, serving from 1 July 1973 to 15 August 1975. He was then promoted to
Brigadier General and commanded Prairie Militia Area from 1 July 1975 to 15 August 1978.
Brigadier General Wagg was also a member of the
Order of St. John, eventually being made a Knight of Justice. He had three daughters
and a son with his wife Joan Foreman, and Doctor Wagg retired from his medical practice on
1 November 1996, moving to Collingwood, Ontario.
||Brigadier FH Clarke, DSO,
1959 - 1962
Clarke was born in Turner Valley in 1913; like most soldiers named Clarke in the British
Commonwealth, he was destined to become nicknamed "Nobby". After finishing
his education, he chose to work in the oil industry, joining the Royalite Company and in
1937 moving to Imperial Oil. He married before the Second World War and had two boys
and one girl. He enlisted in the Second Battalion of The Calgary Highlanders in
1940, and arrived in England in 1942 as a trained Second Lieutenant.
Joining the First Battalion in the UK, he was a Captain in command
of Number 4 Platoon (Carriers) by the time the Highlanders landed in France on 6 July
1944. He was wounded at Hill 67 on 20 July, but returned to duty and was promoted to
Major by the time the battalion was fighting at Walcheren Causeway, where he commanded
"B" Company. By the time of the Groningen fighting in April 1945, he was
in command of "A" Company.
After the war, Major Clarke
returned to Imperial Oil, this time in Ontario, and worked there until 1959, though he
retained close ties to the Regiment. In 1959 he returned to Calgary to become
President of the Calgary Highlanders Association, and was promoted to
and given command of the Regiment. In 1962, he turned over command and moved on to
22nd Militia Group Headquarters as a General Staff Officer Grade I in the rank of
Brigadier. Here, he specialized in Civil Defence training until his retirement from
the Militia. Upon retirement from Imperial Oil, he had reached the level of Senior
Management Officer of the Production Department.
Brigadier Clarke retired to
British Columbia, maintaining an active lifestyle including the production of live cabaret
and the running of marathons. Three weeks after running his last race in 1993,
"Nobby" Clarke passed away suddenly in Salmon Arm, BC, at the age of 80. He
was the last wartime Calgary Highlander to rise to command of the regiment.
Lewis, CD, QC
Lewis was born in Calgary in 1915, and joined the Non-Permanent Active Militia in 1938
while attending the University of Alberta. He served overseas with the Canadian Army
in World War Two, with the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps in the UK, and with
Divisional Headquarters of the 4th Canadian Armoured Division in France. He was
wounded at Falaise in July 1944, and wounded again at Bergen op Zoom in The Netherlands in
October. He was Mentioned in Despatches and returned to Canada in 1946 with the rank
He served as a staff officer in the Reserve
Army once more, first with 18th Infantry Brigade in Calgary, and after promotion to Major
with 22 Militia Group Headquarters.
In January 1955, Major Lewis joined the
Calgary Highlanders and was given command of a rifle copmany, and served as commanding
officer from 1956 to 1959. In civilian life, he was a regional lawyer for Imperial
Oil, Ltd. Lieutenant-Colonel DE Lewis passed away in December 1999.
Tennant, CM, ED, CD
Mark Tennant was born on 27 June
1913 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, attending school at St. Rose du Lac, and later moving to
Alberta where he completed his schooling in Lethbridge. In 1925, Tennant joined the
Royal Canadian Army Cadets, leaving that organization in 1929 when he joined the Militia,
enlisting in the South Alberta Regiment.
On 27 August 1939, two days after Militia units across the
country were placed on active service, Tennant re-enlisted in the 20th Anti-Aircraft
Battery, Royal Canadian Artillery. He was given Regimental Number M7. On 6
September 1939, five days after the Calgary Highlanders were mobilized, Tennant
transferred to the Regiment as a Private.
Tennant was promoted very quickly,
by 1940 he was a Platoon Sergeant Major, an experimental position which was abolished in
1940. Along with many of the other PSMs, Tennant was commissioned as an officer and
made a full-fledged platoon commander. As orderly officer, he earned the nickname
"The Green Hornet" after a popular radio show character who always knew what the
"bad guys" were thinking. Promotion to captain followed in June 1942.
Tennant was still with the battalion in July 1944 when the unit landed in France.
Tennant served in Support Company and specialized in reconnaissance missions.
Captain Tennant seemed fearless and performed all manner of dangerous missions
under fire, including spotting for field artillery and using universal carriers to move
ammunition and wounded men. He was with the CO of the Black Watch,
Lieutenant-Colonel Cantlie, when he was killed just prior to the disastrous Verrieres Ridge attack on
25 July 1944. In August 1944 he was promoted to major, and in October was
severely wounded during the fighting to open a path onto the South Beveland Peninsula.
During a fierce German counter-attack, Tennant was hit by 20mm gunfire as he
mounted the steps of a church. The CO, Lieutenant-Colonel MacLauchlan, was moved
tears on news of his injuries and proclaimed "There goes a stout fellow! Worth
three men to us."
Tennant was wounded a
total of three times during the war, and the wounds suffered that day were serious enough
to have him hospitalized for several months. In 1945, after being informed he would
be sent home, he convinced the medical authorities to allow him to rejoin the Highlanders,
and he commanded "D" Company in the absence of George Stott, who was on leave,
during the action at Doetinchem and later at Groningen. Company rolls have him
commanding "B" Company in June 1945 after George Stott returned to "D"
Company. In addition to his wounds, he had been Mentioned in Despatches three times.
After the war, he remained with The Calgary Highlanders,
serving as the Training Officer and in 1948, he became Second in Command of the Regiment.
In June 1950, Tennant married Joyce Jalland, a marriage that would endure until
Tennant's death. He commanded the battalion from 1953 to 1956, and retired from the
military in 1962. In civil life, he had founded the North Hill Auto Body Works, and
he served as an Alderman for the City of Calgary for twelve years.
On July 13, 1977, he was appointed
Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel of The Calgary Highlanders, and held that post until 1981. In June 1981 was
made a Companion of the Order of Canada. As a measure of thanks on the fiftieth
anniversary of Holland's liberations, the City of Doetincham named a park "Mark
Tennant Plantsoen - A Canadian Liberator" in his honour in May 1995.
Lieutenant-Colonel Tennant's last public act as a Calgary
Highlander was to lay the wreath at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Day this year, proudly
wearing his Regimental Glengarry headdress.
Lieutenant-Colonel Mark Tennant, CM, ED, CD was buried with
full military honours, his casket borne by serving non-commissioned officers of the
Regiment he served faithfully, and draped with the Union Jack by special request.
||Brigadier HTR Gregg, CD,
HTR Gregg was born
and raised in Calgary, and known to all by the nickname "Funny" (with the
exception of Lieutenant-Colonel J. Fred Scott who called him Thorton, his correct name).
Gregg joined the 15th Alberta Light Horse in 1937 as a Second Lieutenant in
Headquarters Squadron. He also attended the University of Alberta at this time and
received a Bachelor of Arts degree and Law degree in 1940. In 1940, Gregg joined The
Calgary Highlanders and proceeded overseas as a reinforcement, eventually being appointed
Intelligence Officer in the First Battalion.
Gregg moved from the Regiment to the 5th Canadian Infantry Brigade
as a Liaison Officer, and returned to Canada after promotion to Captain to attend the Army
Staff Course. He returned overseas and served on staff with the Second Canadian
Division's headquarters, returning to Canada as a Major.
Major Gregg joined the Calgary
Highlanders as second in command to Lieutenant-Colonel Stott, and took command himself in
1950. He relinquished command in 1953, and in 1959 joined 22 Militia Group as a
Colonel, being promoted to Brigadier soon after and retiring in 1963. Brigadier
Gregg passed away in August 1990.
George Stott had
been born in Vancouver, BC on 14 July 1916. As a Calgary Highlander in NW Europe he
was promoted to Captain in 1944, and Major in 1945, commanding both Support Company and a
rifle company at various times during the campaign. After the war, Stott became Vice
President and General Manager of Barber-Ellis of Canada Ltd. In July 1948 he was
promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel and commanded the postwar battalion until his retirement on
26 June 1950.
served with the Intelligence staff of General Montgomery's 21st Army Group in June 1944.
During the NW Europe campaign he served in command appointments and staff
assignments with various formations. On 18 May 1946 he was promoted to
Lieutenant-Colonel and commanded the Calgary Highlanders until 1948. He left the Regiment for
the Regular Force, where he served for 28 years. Lieutenant-Colonel Robertson passed away
||Major LJ Rosling
2nd Battalion 1945-1946
Rosling joined the 2nd Battalion, Calgary Highlanders in September 1940, taking basic
training at Camp Sarcee near Calgary. He was promoted Corporal in 1941 and Sergeant
in January of the next year. After attending Officers Training Camp at Gordon Head,
Victoria, BC he was commissioned as Second Lieutenant in January 1942. He became a
Captain in July 1943 and a Major on 18 August 1944. After twice temporarily
commanding the battalion in September 1944, he was appointed to permanent command in
November. On 1 April 1946 the 2nd Battalion was disbanded. Major Rosling now
commanded The Calgary Highlanders, but only until 18 May 1946 when he relinquished
command. He resigned from the Army in November 1946 as a Major.
2nd Battalion 1944-1945
V Waddell had served as Officer Commanding "C" Company in July 1941 at Camp
Sarcee and took command of the 2nd Battalion in Calgary in 1944. On 28 September
1945, he took leave, and resigned on 9 November 1945. He had been the western
manager of the Ford Motor Company in civilian life.
Lieutenant-Colonel DA Ross
2nd Battalion 1942-1943
Alex Ross was born in Crieff, Perthshire, Scotland on 20 January 1900. His parents
moved to Montreal after his birth, and he was educated in Canada. He enlisted in the
103rd Regiment (Calgary Rifles) in 1915, and went overseas and into the Tenth Battalion
CEF as a Private that same year. He was wounded on 8 August 1918 near Amiens, France
and released from the service shortly after.
In 1921 he joined the Militia as a Lieutenant in the 13th Canadian
Machine Gun Battalion and served with them in Medicine Hat until 1932. In 1940 he
re-enlisted with the Second Battalion, Calgary Highlanders which was a part-time reserve
unit in Canada. He served as Captain and Officer Commanding "C" Company
which was located in Okotoks, Alberta. From 1941-43 he served as Aide-de-Camp to the
Governor General of Alberta, and became Commanding Officer of the Second Battalion in 1942
in the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. After retirement in 1943, he moved with his wife,
daughter and two sons to Vancouver. In civilian life, he worked with Canadian
Bakeries Ltd. beginning in 1921 and retired as Chief Executive Officer. As a
Chartered Accountant he also held numerous offices in civic organizations and clubs, and
was deeply involved with the building of the Air Cadet movement.
Dalton Heyland, DSO, ED
1st Battalion 1945
William Dalton Heyland
was born on 31 October 1906 in Claresholm, Alberta. He joined the 2nd Alberta Mounted
Rifles in May 1930 and was promoted to Captain in 1935. In 1936, the name of the regiment
was changed to the 15th Alberta Light Horse. During this time "Dalt" attended
training at Sarcee Camp in Calgary every summer. On 24 May 1940, he joined the Calgary
Highlanders and reverted to the rank of lieutenant. He attended Infantry School for six
months at Currie Barracks in Calgary before joining the Highlanders stationed at
Aldershot, England in November.
Upon Heyland's arrival, he was
posted to "D" Company as Platoon Commander of 16 Platoon and he was soon
promoted to Captain in charge of all unit transport. After about one year in charge of
transport, Dalt attended Battle Drill Training and Senior Officer's Battle School. While
in England, Dalt married Margaret Anne. He then proceeded to France where he took control
of "C" Company with the rank of Major. On 15 December 1944, Dalt was promoted to
Second in Command of the regiment when Major Bruce McKenzie left for an indefinite posting
at the divisional NCO school. Shortly after crossing the Rhine River, the Commanding
Officer, Lt.Col. Ross Laird Ellis, fell ill and was taken to hospital. Dalt was promoted
to Lieutenant-Colonel and commanded the Highlanders for the remainder of the war and
return to Calgary in November 1945. Dalt was awarded the Distinguished Service Order
(DSO), the 1939-45 Star, the France and Germany Star, the Defense of England Medal, the
Voluntary Medal, the Victory Medal and the Efficiency Decoration (ED). He received his
discharge from the army on 10 January 1946 and went into business with Ross Ellis, forming
Ellis-Heyland Motors in High River. From 1958 until 1970, Dalt was the appointed
Magistrate for High River and District and spent six years as a Justice of the Peace and
then another six years as Chairman of the Development Appeal Board for High River .
Ellis, DSO, CD
1st Battalion 1944-1945
Ross Laird Ellis was
born in High River, Alberta on 15 June 1915. He joined the Canadian Army in 1932, as a
member of the 2nd Alberta Mounted Rifles, a militia cavalry unit. He was promoted to
Sergeant in 1934, and moved to the 15th Alberta Light Horse (commanded by J. Fred Scott)
when his unit amalgamated with the 15th Canadian Light Horse.
He was taken on strength of the Canadian Army on 24 May 1940. He attended Infantry School
at A16 Infantry Training Centre, Currie Barracks, Calgary for six months, and was promoted
to Lieutenant on 22 August 1940. In November, he moved to England and joined the Calgary
Highlanders, then stationed at Aldershot, where he was posted to "D" Company as
commander of 18 Platoon.
In February 1941, Ellis and Sergeant C. Eden were selected to participate with
their platoon in an Arms and Endurance Competition, including a ten-mile march and range
shoot. The platoon finished first of all Second Canadian Division teams and second overall
of all the units in South Eastern Command that participated.
Ellis went to No. 4 Wing, Canadian Training School for a course, being praised by the
commander of the wing and retained as Chief Instructor. It was during this period he was
promoted to Acting Major, and returned to Canada to complete a tour of duty as senior
instructor at the Senior Battle Wing School in Vernon, British Columbia. Ellis was in fact
responsible for planning much of the instruction at the school. He returned to Brighton,
England, and the Calgary Highlanders in January 1944.
Ellis was again a Captain when he landed in France in July 1944 as second in command of
"A" Company. The CO noted his natural talent and fighting ability, and brought
him into the battalion's Tactical Headquarters in the role of Battle Adjutant. His main
duties thereafter involved interpreting orders, communicating with the company commanders,
and also reporting accurately what the battalion was doing to brigade headquarters.
During the Battle of the
Scheldt, Ellis took over command of the 1st Battalion; a policy was in place
in 2nd Canadian Corps that infantry battalion commanders should be replaced
after six months of combat where possible and though Lt-Col. MacLauchlan had
served in the line from the first battles in Normandy in July, he was
replaced by Ellis towards the end of October 1944. Ellis served as
commanding officer into 1945. After the Rhine crossings, Ellis fell ill and
was replaced by Dalt Heyland.
Ross Ellis was stricken off strength of the active battalion on 14 December 1945. After
the war, Ellis and his wife Marjorie had two children, Robert A. Ellis and Leslie Ellen
Ellis. He obtained a Chrysler franchise in High River, selling cars and trucks, and in
1947 was elected to the High River Town Council, followed by his election as mayor in
1952, a position he held for 12 years. He was also active in Provincial Municipal Affairs,
serving on an Advisory Board, and was elected Member of the Legislative Assembly in
Alberta in 1955, where he served until 1959.
In 1964, he retired as Mayor of High River and became Town Manager. In 1967 he was
appointed Town Manager of Hinton, Alberta, and in April 1975 went to Edmonton as Head of
Tax Research Council.
He eventually retired to Adams Lake British Columbia.
Lieutenant-Colonel Ross Laird Ellis, DSO, CD, died on 10 March 1983.
GH MacLauchlan, DSO, ED
1st Battalion 1942-1944
first Commanding Officer to face the trials of combat in the Second World War, Donald GH
MacLauchlan was born in Charlottetown, PEI on 19 July 1905, and moved to Calgary in 1912
where his father had a medical practice. While in high school he joined the Army
Cadets, and upon graduation in 1921 joined the Calgary Highlanders. He commissioned
in 1929 as a Second Lieutenant in "B" Company, and rose to the rank of Major in
the next ten years.
By the time the war began in 1939,
MacLauchlan was a company commander and 18 year veteran of the Militia, having earned a
reputation for being one of Alberta's top rifle shots. Just the year before, he had been
fired from his job at the Albertan newspaper for taking excessive time off of work in
order to attend Militia courses. When J. Fred Scott was filling the slate of officers of
the First Battalion in 1939, MacLaughlan was tapped to command one of the rifle companies.
He went overseas in that capacity in 1940, and became second in command of the
battalion in the United Kingdom.
In early 1942, with the departure of J. Fred Scott, MacLaughlan was given command of the
Calgary Highlanders. General Montgomery, in his now-famous inspection tours of
the Canadians in Britain, confided a low opinion of Colonel MacLauchlan as a battalion
commander though he was to be a "good chap" and possibly a good company
commander. The Canadian command evidently did not agree, or at the least felt no
suitable replacement could be found, as MacLauchlan stayed in the position for the next
two years. The 5th Brigade Commander evidently felt that the battalion should be
tested by fire before making any drastic changes to the command structure. The fact
that the brigadier also had misgivings about the CO of another regiment in the same
brigade points to the problems caused by inadequate training of the Militia between the
wars, and the trouble in creating competent battle leaders in a hastily expanded Army in
For his part,
MacLauchlan's command style was controversial, and he was not well liked by the troops
under him. While his conduct in the earliest battles in Normandy have been
criticized, his brilliant service at Clair Tizon earned him a Distinguished Service Order.
His personality may have made some of the criticisms of him appear somewhat more
harsh over time than he may actually have merited. After his award of the DSO,
MacLauchlan continued to lead the battalion through Belgium and Holland, and during the
fighting to open passage to the South Beveland peninsula, he was relieved and replaced by
Ross Ellis. At 37 years of age, MacLauchlan was one of the older battalion
commanders in the Canadian Amy by 1944 (the youngest battalion COs were in their early
twenties). MacLauchlan was spent by the time the battalion fought at Hoogerheide; he
had pushed himself as hard as his men. He retained his association with the
battalion after the war, often lecturing the officers with the benefit of his wartime
|Colonel J. Fred Scott,
OBE, ED, QC
1st Battalion 1939-1942
J. Fred Scott was
born to James M. and Mary Scott in Meaford, Ontario, on 3 July 1892 and moved west in
1911, joining his brother on a homestead 100 kilometres west of Alsask, near Oyen. In
1914, he moved to Calgary to article in law, and shortly thereafter enlisted, with Bert,
in the Canadian Expeditionary Force.
Scott was made a provisional Lieutenant in the 21st Alberta Hussars on 20 September 1915
and went overseas as an officer in the 89th Battalion. His brother, Lieutenant
George Herbert Scott, also went overseas and was killed at Courcellette while serving with
the 31st Battalion (an Alberta unit) on the 28th of September, 1916.
Transferring to the Royal Flying
Corps, Scott served in France as a gunner/observer and was transferred back to the CEF for
medical reasons, where he served with the 50th Battalion (a Calgary unit). After coming
down with pneumonia he was sent to a remount unit in Canada, rounding up wild horses in
the foothills of Alberta. He was discharged as a Captain, turned to ranching and farming,
and married Olga Larson in 1920. He moved to Toronto to study law at Osgoode Hall, and
came back west to be accepted by the Alberta Bar in 1922.
Scott became a prominent figure in Alberta, gaining success as a lawyer and as a polo
player. Scott joined the 15th Canadian Light Horse, a cavalry unit, as a part time Militia
officer. He had been made a brevet captain in February 1918 and his statement of service
indicated promotion to captain in March 1921, but he was reduced to Lieutenant upon
joining the Light Horse. He was again promoted to Captain on 22 July 1924, then Major on 2
September 1926, "Major 2nd in Cmd" on 26 April 1930, and finally
Lieutenant-Colonel on 25 April 1934. In 1935, he was appointed Commanding Officer of the regiment,
which amalgamated in 1936 with another unit to become the 15th Alberta Light Horse.
In mid-August 1939, the Canadian Militia was anxiously watching events in Europe and
preparing for a war that by then seemed inevitable. The Calgary Highlanders were slated
for mobilization over other units in Alberta; if war came the 15th Alberta Light Horse was
not slated for active duty. However, Lieutenant-Colonel Harold Riley, the Commanding
Officer of the Calgary Highlanders, was declared medically unfit for active service and
the commander of Military District Thirteen asked Scott to take command. He
did, and led the battalion overseas in 1940. After pioneering Battle Drill Training
in the UK, he was considered too old at 43 to command an infantry battalion and in
February 1942 was appointed General Staff Officer Class I at the Royal Military College in
In May of 1942, Scott transferred to the Canadian Battle Drill School at Vernon, BC, as
commanding officer. In October 1944, he was promoted to Acting Colonel and went to act as
Commandant of A10 Canadian Infantry Training Centre at Camp Borden, Ontario. He was
discharged on 10 November 1945, and returned to law practice with JVH Milvain (future
Chief Justice of Alberta) until 1976. He took an active interest in Colonel J. Fred Scott
Elementary School, and passed away on 13 February 1982 at the age of 89.
H Riley, MM, CD
Harold H. Riley was
born in St. Lambert, Quebec, in 1897 and moved west with his family in 1907. As a
private in the Canadian Army Medical Corps during World War One, he won the Military Medal
at Passchendaele in 1917.
After the war, he joined the Calgary
Highlanders as a Lieutenant in 1926, and by 1933 he was a Major. In December 1938 he
was promoted Lieutenant-Colonel and appointed Commanding Officer.
In September 1939,
with the outbreak of war, Riley left the regiment for medical reasons, and later joined
the 2nd Battalion, reverting to the rank of Major and acting as Second in Command.
He later transferred to the 31st (Alberta) Reconnaissance Regiment, which had been
mobilized by the 15th Alberta Light Horse in 1942. The unit remained on garrison
duty until transfer to England in January 1945, where it was broken up for reinforcements.
After the Second World War, Riley returned to Calgary,
married his wife Flora, and worked as sales manager for Burns and Co. Major Riley
had one daughter and two sons, and belonged to several organizations including the Rotary
Club and the 8th Field Ambulance Association. He passed away on 2 September 1951.
Stewart Frederic Bradley
was born in Winchester, Ontario on 26 June 1895. After three years of service in the
103rd Regiment (Calgary Rifles), he was attested into the Canadian Expeditionary Force in
January 1916. He listed his height as 6'1" on his attestation forms, which were
signed in Calgary. He was apparently taken on strength with the 137th Battalion,
which went overseas as a reinforcement unit.
Little is known of
his war service; he next appears in regimental records on the Militia List of April 1927
as a Major in the Calgary Highlanders, with his seniority in that rank dated to 2 January
1926. He served as Commanding Officer of the Calgary Highlanders in 1938, taking
over from Lieutenant-Colonel Dingle in that year, and leaving the post on 3 December 1938
according to battalion orders published in the Calgary Herald newspaper. In civil
life, he was the owner of Bradley Footwear in Calgary.
D Dingle, ED, KC, QC
Norman D. Dingle was born in 1893 in
Tavistock, England. He moved to Calgary in 1904 joining the University of Alberta
contingent of the Canadian Expeditionary Force (C.E.F.) at the outbreak of the First World
War. Norman went overseas with the battalion, receiving his commission in the field with
the imperial unit of the Post Office Rifles. Norman was the Crown Prosecutor at the
Calgary police court as well as carrying on his own law practice after the war when he
joined the Calgary Highlanders when they were formed in 1921.een's Park Cemetery in
In 1933, Colonel Dingle was
appointed the Commanding Officer of the Calgary Highlanders. He remained in this position
until 1938. At the outbreak of war in 1939, Norman gave up his law practice and served in
many capacities with the Number 13 military district in Calgary, including as Commanding
Officer of the Second Battalion. After the war he resumed law practice by himself and also
was associated with several law firms over the years. During his lifetime he was active
with the 10th Battalion Association, the St.John's Cricket Club, the Calgary Soccer Club
and the Alberta Provincial Rifle Association. He was president of the Imperial Veterans'
Association at the time of its absorption into the Canadian Legion. Colonel Norman D.
Dingle died in December 1962 at the age of 69 and is buried in Qu
|Colonel David Holland
Tomlinson, MBE, VD
1929 - 1933
was born in Annan, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, on 24 July 1892. He served for three
years with the King's Own Scottish Borderers before leaving Scotland for Canada, where he
worked as a hardware clerk. On 8 July 1915 he enlisted in the CEF, but little is
known about the details of his service overseas at this time.
The Calgary Highlanders as
an officer in the early days of the unit, serving as Adjutant for a time, and in 1929 was
appointed to command the Regiment. He served as Commanding Officer until 1933.
Admitted to the Order of the British Empire
in the rank of Member, Colonel Tomlinson was also awarded the Volunteer Decoration for
long service. For many years he served as secretary for the Alberta Rifle
Association and accompanied the Alberta Rifle Team to the Long Branch ranges in Toronto
and the Connaught ranges in Ottawa for competitions. He was also an acting
secretary for the Alberta Branch of the Canadian Red Cross Society.
|Colonel David Ritchie, MC
Colonel Ritchie was
born in Cumberland, England in 1882 and lived in the United Kingdom until 1911.
Having joined the Dumfrieshire County Police at age 17, he followed this career path in
Canada by joining the Calgary Police Force (as it was known then), reaching the rank of
Detective. He served with the plain clothes squad until enlisting in the CEF in
He arrived in England as a Lieutenant of the
137th Battalion, and promoted to Captain while in the UK. After transfer to a combat
battalion in France, he was wounded at Amiens in August 1918, and was still in hospital
with his leg wound when the Armistice was declared in November.
After return to Calgary in 1919, he was presented with his Military Cross by the
Prince of Wales who visited the city in September of that year. He rejoined the
Calgary Police Force, becoming Chief Constable (the highest rank on the Force) on 15
September 1919. Ritchie's impact on the Force was notable, for such things as the
introduction of parking tickets and the School Safety Patrol in 1921, to the first
installation of radios in police cars and motorcycles.
While Chief of Police, he enlisted in
The Calgary Highlanders in
1922 as a Captain, with promotion to Major following in short order. In 1924, he was
promoted Lieutenant-Colonel and made Commanding Officer of the Regiment. His command
lasted from 1924 to 1929, during which time he was promoted to Colonel.
Chief Constable David Ritchie, in
uniform, with the Mayor to his right, addresses the Royal Couple, HM King George VI and HM
Queen Elizabeth, during the 1939 Royal Visit to Calgary.
Glenbow Archives Photo NA-1046-24
After retirement from the Highlanders, became president of the Alberta Military
Institute in 1930 and president of the Alberta Infantry Association the next year.
His interest in sports, despite his injured leg, led to presidency of the Alberta Highland
Ritchie died in 1941 aged 39, after having been Chief of the Calgary Police Force for 22
Born in Oil
City, Lampton County, Ontario on 4 October 1889, Daniel Lee Redman came to Calgary in
1906, teaching school and working for a newspaper before commencing the study of law with
Lougheed Bennett and McLaws in 1909. He was a founding soldier of the 103rd Regiment
(Calgary Rifles), being enrolled in the unit the day it was created, 1 April 1910.
Finishing his law degree in 1913 after attending both the University of Toronto and
University of Manitoba, he enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force in 1914 and was
commissioned Lieutenant in the Tenth Battalion.
went to France on 10 February 1915, commanding "C" Company at St. Julien before
being wounded severely. He returned to Canada, practicing law until his election to
Parliament as representative of the Calgary East riding. He had run as
"Soldier's Representative" in the Unity Party. In 1921 he left politics,
and as a Major became second in command of the 1st Battalion, Calgary Highlanders, Calgary
Regiment. He was promoted Lieutenant-Colonel in April 1922 and appointed Commanding
Officer of the Calgary Highlanders. He was also made an Honorary Aide-de-Camp to
His Excellency the Governor General of Canada, Baron Byng.
Lieutenant-Colonel Redman had married Jean Hogg in
Calgary in 1916, with whom he had three children. Lieutenant-Colonel Daniel Lee
Redman died in Calgary on 8 April 1948, and is buried with other veterans of the Great War
at Burnsland Cemetery, just south of Stampede Park in Calgary.
1921 - April 1922
Lieutenant-Colonel McDonald was the first commander of The Calgary Highlanders after the redesignation as a Highland unit. Formerly the commander of Military District 13, he
reverted to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in order to command the battalion.
Lieutenant-Colonel McDonald presided over the very first mess dinner, at the Palliser
Hotel's Grill Room, on 21 December 1921, and was the first one to propose the now
traditional toast to "The Glorious Memory of the Twenty-Second of April."
Commanding Officer of the Calgary Regiment, upon their creation in 1921.
The 1st Battalion was
commanded by Major Stevenson, who reverted from a colonelcy to accept the position.