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Cover Photos 2011 - Current
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Jun 2017

On 3 June 2017 The Calgary Highlanders had a unique ceremonial parade in which both the Commanding Officer and the Regimental Sergeant Major ended their tours of command and passed the reins to successors. Lieutenant-Colonel Kyle Clapperton, CD, turned command of the regiment to Lieutenant-Colonel Simon Cox, CD. Chief Warrant Officer Glenn Fedoruk, CD is shown in the photo at left, pleased to be accepting the pace stick. The large photo (click the thumbnail at left) also shows outgoing RSM Chief Warrant Officer Chris Tucker, MMM, CD. Their facial expressions provide an interesting illustration of some of the emotions of the day.

Photo courtesy of James H English

Sep 2016

Sergeant Brian Gaisford, photographed on 1 September 2016 during a commemoration of the German invasion of Poland. Thirty-eight members of Operation REASSURANCE attended the ceremony in the Cemetery of War in Drawsko Pomorskie, Poland, along with Polish and other NATO soldiers. The German invasion on 1 September 1939 is considered by historians to have been the formal outbreak of the Second World War.  Operation REASSURANCE refers to the military activities undertaken by the Canadian Forces to support NATO assurance and deterrence measures through the provision of military capabilities for training, exercises, demonstrations and assigned NATO tasks. Both a Maritime and a Land Task Force were deployed to eastern Europe in August 2016. The Land Task Force is composed of 220 soldiers, mainly from 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry.  Operation REASSURANCE is commanded by Major Lonnie Campbell, a former Calgary Highlander.

Canadian Forces Combat Camera photo

Apr 2016

Padre Ken Nettleton, photographed at the Vimy Monument on April 25, 2015. Padre Nettleton was a popular fixture of the regiment during the years he served in Calgary, a gifted public speaker who tended to the regiment's spiritual needs whether in garrison or the field. Padre Nettleton followed his civilian employment to Victoria, where he became the regimental padre of The Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary's).

Calgary Highlanders photo

Sep 2015

On Wednesday, 16 September 2015, the Regimental Kit Shop enjoyed a short visit from Mr. Fred Scott, who also took time to investigate the weapons the regiment trains with today. Scott is both a veteran of The Calgary Highlanders, as well as the son of one of the regiment's wartime commanders. Mr. Scott joined the Canadian Army in 1948, undergoing officer training in Edmonton. He served with The Calgary Highlanders, was promoted to Captain in 1952, and retired from the military in 1968 having served as the Deputy Commanding Officer.

His father, Colonel J. Fred Scott, served in the First World War and the interwar Militia. In 1939, he transferred from command of the 15th Alberta Light Horse (a cavalry unit not scheduled to mobilize) in order to command the 1st Battalion, The Calgary Highlanders, which mobilized for the Second World War on 1 September of that year. As part of a shaking out of First World War veterans, he was sent back to Canada before the unit went into combat. One of his legacies was the promotion of Battle Drill Training, a system of training created in the British Army which Calgary Highlanders eagerly picked up, and which spread from the Highlanders throughout the Canadian Army. J. Fred Scott went on to command a Battle Drill school in Vernon, B.C. in 1942. An elementary school in Calgary was named in his honour after the war. Scott was admitted to the Order of the British Empire as an Officer and passed away in 1982. See here for more detail.

photo by MCpl Shawn McDermott

Jul 2015

On 8 July 2013 it was announced that the Canadian Army would restore a number of rank titles and badges, consistent with that worn in the pre-Unification (1968) period. The Canadian Forces officer insignia common to all three branches, consisting of lace bars, was replaced by the historic star and crown insignia. On Wednesday, 10 December 2014, officers of the regiment wore the "new" insignia on duty dress as a group for the first time. The return to "historic" rank insignia aligns the officers with practice in many militaries around the world who wear similar star and device insignia, as well as public service organizations in Canada such as RCMP, municipal police, and EMS services who also denote rank for senior leadership with similar insignia. Shown here are Lieutenant-Colonel Kyle Clapperton and Major Peter Boyle, photographed at the Victory Services Club in London during the regiment's battlefield pilgrimage in April 2015. The star and crown insignia is visible on Lt.-Col Clapperton's epaulette. Major Boyle wears the crown of a Major along with the device worn by provincial Aides-de-Camp.

Calgary Highlanders photo by Nancy Saxberg

May 2015

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, colonel-in-chief of The Calgary Highlanders, meets Regimental Sergeant Major Chris Tucker at a reception at Canada House in London on Sunday, 19 April, 2015. Honorary Colonel Michael Shaw looks on. Over 100 serving and former serving soldiers and musicians of The Calgary Highlanders travelled to Europe to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of St. Julien. The regimental delegation attended events in London, Belgium and France with delegations from other CF units perpetuating units of the 1st Canadian Division, including the 10th Battery, Royal Canadian Artillery (perpetuating the 10th Battery, Canadian Field Artillery), The British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught's Own) (7th Battalion, C.E.F.), The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry (Wentworth Regiment) (4th Battalion, C.E.F.), and The Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary's) (16th Battalion, C.E.F.). On April 19th the Canadian delegations marched past Buckingham Palace, through Canada Gate, and to the Canada Memorial in Green Park to pay tribute to their predecessor units with a wreath laying and service of remembrance. The R.H.L.I., Canadian Scottish, and Calgary Highlanders all had the opportunity following the parade to meet their respective colonels-in-chief at a royal reception at Canada House.

Buckingham Palace

Nov 2014

Floral tributes accumulate at Mewata Armouries on 25 October 2014 in memory of Corporal Nathan Cirillo of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada (Princess Louise's). Corporal Cirillo was murdered in cold blood while performing public duties at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the nation's capital as part of the National Sentry Program (see below). Both the Argylls, based in Hamilton, Ontario, and The Calgary Highlanders have drawn regimental traditions and dress regulations from their affiliation with The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise's) of the British Army (now reduced to a single company and component of The Royal Regiment of Scotland). The death of Corporal Cirillo, coming just two days after another assault on uniformed Canadian service personnel which resulted in the death of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, has led to an outpouring of public sentiment. The tributes at Mewata Armoury have been spontaneous and coincidental to similar tributes across the country.

Calgary Highlanders photo via Cpl Dorosh

Sep 2014

In the summer of 2014, Corporal O. Avelino stands guard over the tomb of the Unknown Soldier as part of the National Sentry Program in Ottawa. The National Sentry Program is a part of the ceremonial fabric of the national capital, occurring kitty-corner to Parliament Hill and the more famous daily Changing of the Guard. A purpose of the sentries is to "reinforce public awareness that the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is to be treated with dignity, tribute and respect." Items of note on Corporal Avelino's uniform, in addition to his Canadian Forces Decoration marking 12 years of service and good conduct, are a blue pin on his right breast pocket commemorating the War of 1812 which all soldiers of the Canadian Army will wear through 1814 (the anniversary of the war's end) and the French-Grey patch of the 3rd Canadian Division, recently introduced when Land Force Western Area was renamed. More on the experience of Corporals Avelino and Danenas here.

Photo courtesy Warrant Officer Tim Perry, OIC National Sentry Program

Jul 2014

On 6 June 2014, the anniversary of the historic D-Day landings in Normandy, Land Force Western Area was renamed to become 3rd Canadian Division. This will be the fourth formation in Canada's history to bear the name. The first served in the First World War as a component of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, the second in the Second World War, landing in France on D-Day and serving throughout the North-west Europe campaign, and the third was created as a duplicate for occupation duties. After 1946, the 3rd Division name and formation patch (a French-Grey rectangle) disappeared. As part of the return to the Canadian Army's historical identity, the Division has been reborn. An official patching ceremony was held to commemorate the renaming, and Sergeant Ray Harris can be seen raising the new Division Camp Flag and Commander's Pennant at that ceremony on June 6th. The Calgary Highlanders now serve in the 3rd Canadian Division, and will wear the famous French-Grey formation patch on their uniforms beginning in the autumn of 2014.

Photo by Master Corporal Mélanie Ferguson, Canadian Army Public Affairs

May 2014

The first combat action of the 10th Battalion, CEF in the First World War came at Kitchener's Wood on the night of 21-22 April 1915. The site of the famous counter-attack by the 10th and 16th Battalions is now marked by a memorial stone. A regimental contingent visited the site in the summer of 2010 to mark the centennial of the raising of the regiment in April 2010. In April 2015, as part of international events to mark the centennial of the First World War, another regimental tour will visit locations of interest in Europe, including battlefields in France and Flanders, including the site of the counter-attack at Kitchener's Wood. The stone marker is located beside a farmhouse near where the 10th Battalion formed up for the attack. The site of the former wood, where much of the fighting took place, now stands on private farmland.

Photo courtesy LCol (ret.) Mike Vernon, CD

Mar 2014

Leutnant Weigel poses with the regimental cap badge at the Change of Command parade on 11 September 2013. A Panzergrenadier (mechanized infantry) officer with the Bundeswehr (German Armed Forces), Weigel was studying at the University of Calgary at the time of the Change of Command. Three German officers in residence at the U of C accepted invitations to attend the parade as guests of the regiment. Canada and Germany have been NATO allies since the former West Germany was admitted to the alliance in 1955. The state of war Canada declared on Germany on 10 September 1939 ended officially on 8 May 1945 when the Allies declared Victory in Europe (V-E Day). In recent years, Germany's contributions to world peacekeeping efforts have outmatched that of Canada in terms of number of personnel deployed outside their borders. In 2012, the United Nations reported that Germany deployed 293 UN peacekeepers to Canada's 200. Germany has also been active in NATO missions such as Afghanistan where over 5,000 soldiers were deployed, and over 50 of their soldiers killed. Germany has been extremely active since 1945 re-establishing itself as a good European neighbour, ally and friend, and currently is considered the "economic engine" of Europe.

Calgary Highlanders photo

Nov 2013

Eyes Right. Private Dietz marches past the saluting dais during the annual St. Julien's Day parade in April 2013. His C7A2 rifle has bayonet fixed in accordance with the ancient custom of Freedom of the City, a privilege granted to The Calgary Highlanders by the City of Calgary in 1964, permitting the unit to march through the streets with Colours flying, drums beating, and bayonets fixed.

Calgary Highlanders photo

Sep 2013

Drum Sergeant Chris Linford, photographed on the steps of the old Calgary City Hall in April 1988 during St. Julien's weekend activities. Linford's introduction to military drumming had been with a Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps affiliated with The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada in Montréal. A move with his family to Calgary, where his father played bagpipes with the Regimental Pipes and Drums of The Calgary Highlanders, followed, and Linford enlisted in the Militia as a drummer, also serving two summers as a section commander with the Summer Youth Employment Program, teaching recruits basic training. In January 1989, having earned the rank of sergeant and being appointed lead drummer with The Calgary Highlanders, Linford left the regiment for the Regular Force, to be commissioned as a Canadian Forces Nursing Officer. In the years since, he gained the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel, served overseas in the Gulf War, Rwanda, and Afghanistan, and commanded 1 Field Ambulance. He recently published a book about his experiences, including "a very personal and inspirational story of (his) diagnosis of PTSD" entitled Warrior Rising.

Calgary Highlanders photo via Cpl Dorosh

Jul 2013

Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada on an inspection parade in the United Kingdom sometime between the Dieppe Raid of 1942 and the invasion of Normandy in 1944. The soldiers wear the standard Battle Dress uniform of the era, and the famous Red Hackle of their affiliate regiment in the British Army in lieu of the regimental cap badge. The Black Watch was raised in Montréal in January 1862, and mobilized two active battalions in the Second World War, in addition to manning two reserve battalions. In the autumn of 1940 the 1st Battalion of The Calgary Highlanders was reassigned to the 5th Canadian Infantry Brigade, and served alongside the 1st Battalion of the Black Watch for the remainder of the war. The Black Watch suffered the highest casualty rate of Canadian infantry battalions in North-West Europe, losing 1772 killed and wounded of an authorized strength of about 800 officers and men between July 1944 and May 1945, a testament to the ferocity of the combat they endured. The Regiment was briefly stood up as a component of the Regular Force between 1953 and 1970. A number of Calgary Highlanders in the post-war era have also served part of their military careers with Canada's senior Highland regiment.

Library and Archives Canada photo

Jun 2013

Private Ashley Holloway, photographed at the Regimental Centennial Birthday parade at The Military Museums on 31 March 2010. Women were first recruited into the Canadian Army in 1941 for a separate, non-combatant, corps, and were integrated into support trades of the armed forces in 1964. In 1987, the Combat Related Employment of Women trials began the integration of women into combat trades. In 1990, female Calgary Highlanders first wore the kilt on parade when Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II presented a new Queen's Colour to the regiment at McMahon Stadium. In 2012 Holloway, a qualified infantry soldier and promoted to corporal, was presented the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal at the Army Ball in Ottawa in recognition of dedication to both the unit and community. Like all reservists, she balances her duties in the military with family and career, working in civilian life in the health care industry. The Canadian Forces today is one of only a few militaries in the world to have a "no exclusion" policy, meaning all trades are open to all members who meet the occupational requirements.

Photo courtesy 2nd Lieutenant Eddie Chau

Apr 2013

His Worship Mayor Ralph Klein, on the dais with Colonel P.F. Hughes, CD, commanding officer of Southern Alberta Militia District, reviewing the Guard of Honour during a combined Freedom of the City parade of The King's Own Calgary Regiment (RCAC) and The Calgary Highlanders in April 1985, to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the creation of the 103rd Regiment (Calgary Rifles). Both the KOCR and the Highlanders trace their lineage to the creation of the 103rd Regiment on 1 April 1910. On 29 March 2013, Ralph Klein, OC, AOE, passed away at the age of 70, having served three terms as Mayor of the City of Calgary, and four terms as Premier of the Province of Alberta. During his time in office, his contacts with The Calgary Highlanders ranged from brief appearances at formal events such as reading the municipal proclamation at this Freedom of the City parade, to more intimate social settings, such as attending dinings-in at the Mewata Armouries Garrison Officers' Mess.

Calgary Highlanders Museum and Archives Photo p92-22

Mar 2013

Reconnaissance Detachment of Calgary Highlanders, photographed during Exercise HIGHLAND ISLAND posing for a group photo while waiting on the dock for extraction by assault boat. HIGHLAND ISLAND was conducted at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt on 8-10 March 2013, and included both combat elements and logistical support from the Royal Canadian Navy, 39 Combat Engineer Regiment, 39 Signal Regiment, The Loyal Edmonton Regiment (4 PPCLI), The Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary's), and 15 Field Ambulance. The exercise, attended by approximately 70 Calgary Highlanders, featured training in amphibious operations.

Calgary Highlanders photo (Corporal Michael Dorosh)

Jan 2013

Harold Marshall was one of the original Calgary Highlanders that sailed for the United Kingdom on S.S. Pasteur in 1940. On 6 October 1944, he was a sergeant in the Scout and Sniper platoon when Canadian Army Film and Photo Unit war photographer Ken Bell immortalized him in a photo that would be widely reproduced after the war. Marshall was wounded in December 1944 but survived the war, went to work for the City of Calgary Electric System on his return, retiring in 1975, and passed away in Calgary just shy of his 95th birthday in January 2013.

Library and Archives Canada photo (Ken Bell)

Sep 2012

Three soldiers of The Calgary Highlanders travelled to Dieppe, France to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Dieppe Raid in August 1942 along with other CF personnel and surviving veterans of the Raid. Warrant Officer Paul Holland poses here with one of the local re-enactors who was encountered, completely kitted out in the uniform and equipment of a Second World War era Calgary Highlander. The regiment's participation in the actual raid had been limited to members of the 1st Battalion's mortar platoon, who did not disembark from their transport - though two sergeants did receive Mention in Despatches for their actions in shooting down a marauding German aircraft. A Calgary Highlanders staff officer, Captain Ted Insinger, assigned to a brigade headquarters, was killed during the raid, the only regimental casualty of the Canadian Army's blackest day.

Photo courtesy Corporal Thomas Huynh

Jun 2012

Standing vigil at the cenotaph at Central Memorial Park on Remembrance Day on November 11, 2011 (see also the cover photo for December 2008). This immaculately turned out Highlander wears the standard No. 1 Dress uniform consisting of Distinctive Environmental Uniform (DEU) modified for Highland dress. The C7A2 rifle is now standard, with four-point telescoping butt-stock, green "furniture" and rail mounts on the front sight triangle.

Calgary Highlanders Photo (Corporal Michael Dorosh)

Feb 2012

Corporal Jean-Guy (J.T.) Toussaint trades places with Chief Warrant Officer Bob Besse as Regimental Sergeant Major as part of the annual traditions at the all ranks Christmas Dinner on 10 December 2011. By tradition, the oldest serving corporal becomes RSM for the day while the youngest serving private soldier becomes Commanding Officer. Corporal Toussaint came to The Calgary Highlanders in recent years after a long career as an infantryman and paratrooper with the Regular Force, including service with Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry and 2 Commando, Canadian Airborne Regiment, with operational tours in the Golan Heights, Cyprus, and with UNPROFOR in the former Yugoslavia. As a Calgary Highlander he also deployed to Afghanistan. He currently works with the Mewata Armoury Support Centre as the Single Point of Contact for pay enquiries, and has announced his retirement plans after two decades of service to the Crown.

Calgary Highlanders Photo (Captain Steven Zivkow)

Jan 2012

David Milne was born at Bervie Kincardineshire, Scotland on April 25, 1888, the eldest of six children to survive infancy. He enlisted in the Greenock Burgh Police Force at an early age (Greenock would later become familiar to Canadian soldiers whose troopships landed there during the First and Second World Wars). Milne moved to Calgary and enlisted in the Calgary Police in 1910. Calgary's Chief of Police at that time, Thomas MacKie, had also served on the Greenock Burgh Police Force. He was promoted to Detective in July 1912, and he married in 1915. Milne enlisted in the 89th Battalion, CEF, and was appointed Company Quartermaster Sergeant on attestation. He arrived in the U.K. in June 1916, where he transferred to several reinforcement battalions, finally being commissioned early in 1918 and transferred to the 10th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force in April.

On September 2, 1918, during the fighting at Villers-les-Cagnicourt, France, he suffered a penetrating gun shot wound to the stomach and died of his wounds. He was awarded a Military Cross for the action at Villers-les-Cagnicourt, having personally scouted territory under heavy fire and then leading the final assault on the sunken road which resulted in the capture of the enemy position. He left behind a wife and daughter. Lieutenant David Milne, MC, was one of five Calgary Police Force officers to be killed fighting in the First World War. The modern Calgary Police Service and The Calgary Highlanders, who perpetuate the 10th Battalion, have a long tradition of links between the two organizations.

Photo and information from David Bluestein and Calgary Highlanders Archives

Nov 2011

The giant Highlander from the MacLeod Bros. store, featured in the August 2010 cover photo, overlooks a sea of tents on the Mewata Armouries parade square following Exercise HIGHLAND WANDERER in October 2011. The canvas tent has been a staple of Militia life since before the Calgary Highlanders and their predecessor units were formed. Canvas "bell tents" were used from the beginnings of the regiment in 1910 up into the 1970s, to be replaced by series of 5- and 10-man tents, as well as modular tents. The regiment has recently acquired the small 4-man "crew tents" shown here for use in moderate weather. After field exercises, all kit is thoroughly cleaned and left to dry in the open air of the armoury, lest it mildew and rot.

Jan 2011

The Calgary Soldiers' Memorial was a project initiated by reserve units in Calgary to commemorate more than 3,000 Calgary area soldiers killed while serving with local regiments in the First World War, Second World War, and other overseas missions, including Afghanistan, since 1945. Integrated into a massive revitalization of Memorial Drive, the memorial, encompassing 40 tonnes of granite markers onto which the names of the fallen will be enscribed underneath regimental insignia, will be located across the Bow River from Mewata Armouries. The final construction will be complete in the new year and a ceremonial unveiling on the 94th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, April 9th, 2011.

Representations created by the Marc Boutin Architectural Collaborative.

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