Breaking News - 19 December 2004
Amalgamated - The Royal
Regiment of Scotland
The British Ministry of Defence has announced
that the 26 infantry of the line regiments still in existence in the British Army will now
become just 12 under a sweeping round of changes. The Allied Regiment, The Argyll and
Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise's) had resisted amalgamation and even disbandment
since the Cardwell Reforms of 1881.
It is now announced that the Scottish Regiments
(including The Royal Highland Fusiliers, The Black Watch, The Highlanders, and The Argyll
and Sutherland Highlanders, as well as a fifth regiment in which the Royal Scots and the
King's Own Scottish Borderers will be merged) will become one single cap badge
five-battalion regiment, provisionally named the Royal Regiment of Scotland. It is
reported that each battalion will keep their unit name in front of the battalion title.
Overseas - December 2004
||Non-Article 5 NATO Medal for Operations in the Balkans
For service with Operation
Bronze/Operation Boreas, two Calgary Highlanders officers were presented this medal in
December 2004. Operation Bronze/Boreas employs approximately 85 Canadian soldiers,
maintaining support to EUFOR and the transition from SFOR after the end of their mandate. The Operation includes a Liaison and Observation Team and various positions
at Multi-National Task Force North-West Headquarters in Banja Luka and SFOR HQ in
Congratulations to Captain Fiona McLean, CD, ADC
and Captain Louis Marselje, CD.
CO's Parade - 8 Dec 2004
||Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee
|On behalf of the Government of Canada,
Warrant Officer Kennedy, Regimental Support Staff from Princess Patricia's Canadian Light
Infantry, was awarded the Queen's Golden Jubilee Commemorative Medal. Warrant
Officer Kennedy is currently the Operations and Training NCO for the Regiment and plays an
instrumental role in co-ordinating the support of various agencies so that the unit can
train, both collectively and as individuals on taskings and courses.
At right; Warrant Officer Kennedy receives his award
from Lieutenant Colonel Lee Villiger, Commanding Officer, and Chief Warrant Officer Flint
Walters, Regimental Sergeant Major.
Congratulations to the following
troops for their promotion into the ranks of the Non-Commissioned Officers.
Corporal James Hutchison
Corporal Cody Martin
Corporal Stephen MacPherson
Corporal Jonathon MacLeod
Corporal Bryan Trochim
Corporal Grey Wilkinson
||Sergeant Keith Scott, former Chief Clerk of
the Regiment and lately of Regimental Headquarters, was recognized on parade by the
Commanding Officer for his 29 years of service to the Canadian Forces. Sergeant
Scott will be presented with his retirement scroll on an upcoming parade.
Captain MacLean's report from SFOR, Captain "Lou" Marselje provides the
following very welcome report from his own overseas employment in the former Yugoslavia
Stabilization Force/European Union Force
Multinational Task Force Northwest Headquarters - Captain Louis Marselje
I am employed with the SFOR-EUFOR Multinational Task Force NW
HQ (MNTF NW HQ) in Banja Luka as the Operations Officer of the Joint Military Affairs
(JMA) branch and Officer Commanding one of its "twigs," namely the Inspection
and Verification Unit (IVU). This branch is the leading edge of Task Force operations
other than Harvest operations and Mosaics (mini harvests). These operations are used to
collect and find illegal weapons.
The branch consists of a Chief JMA, I am directly below him as the JMA OPS, with the
operations cell. Speading out from there on the organization chart is a planning cell, a
mine cell, an entity liaison cell and the IVU. The branch is supported by Bosnian mine
cell employees, Language Assistants and drivers, almost 50 people in all. Entities means
Bosnian (VF), Bosnian Croat (VH) and Bosnian Serb (VRS) army units. Needless to say that
our staffs are daily on the road visiting entity army bases, weapons and ammo sites,
exercises, suspected places and illegal sites, etc., and they often stay overnight. From
time to time, I accompany them. We experience much traveling over a large area and have
many adventures to talk about. I had the pleasure to visit Canadian camps Maple Leaf and
Black Bear before decommissioning. I have also traveled to places beyond our AOR and this
did broaden my situational awareness.
take as many SFOR soldiers with us as we can on day trips. Capt McLean was one of those. I
aranged a T55 tank ride for her at the Manjaca Ranges. I told her that I had flowers in
mind, but could only find a tank instead. "Tanks are good!" she said. It was her
first ride in one of those beasties. My teams and I do get rides from time to time as
VF/VRS soldiers are proud to show them off (and other vehicles) and even are willing to
have us try to drive them.
My days are 12-14 hours and I love everyone of them. In the morning, I tend to tease
people on the way to the Commander's daily Operations Brief, by telling everyone that it
is another happy day in Paradise. No one takes this happily and tends to throw things at
me, the poor sports they are!
Operation Bronze - Captain Fiona McLean
Captain Fiona McLean sends her greetings to the Regiment from
Doboj, Bosnia, where she is currently (as of November 2004) serving as part of Operation
The mandate of Operation BRONZE is to maintain support to
SFOR (the NATO Stabilization Force) during the transition of the Bosnia-Herzegovina
mission from NATO to the European Union, which is expected to be complete by the end of
2004. Operation BRONZE includes a Liaison and Observation Team and various positions at
Multi-National Task Force North-West Headquarters in Banja Luka and SFOR HQ in Sarajevo.
The mission currently employs approximately 85 Canadian
Brigadier General Gordon H. Sellar, CD, BSc,
Born in Calgary in 1923 to a prominent
Scottish lawyer father and an English teaching mother he was the foundation student at
Strathcona School for Boys (now Strathcona Tweedsmuir). A lifetime athlete, he was
Junior Alberta badminton champion, a Western Canadian Junior tennis star and the leading
Jr. Boy Rider, later playing both football and hockey at the Royal Military College.
He graduated at 18 as a Lieutenant and returned to his home in Alberta and joined
The Calgary Highlanders. He became engaged to Gloria, his boyhood love, and married
shortly before going overseas. He arrived in Northwest Europe after D-Day, and
became Scout Officer, fighting across France, Belgium, The Netherlands, and Germany.
The Scout and Sniper Platoon was always in the forefront of the battalion's
advances and his name is mentioned several times in the Regimental War Diary.
After the war, Sellar became an officer in
the Permanent Force (today called the Regular Force) and enjoyed a brilliant career in
Canada and abroad. He served in Korea, commanded the First Battalion, Black Watch
(Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada when it was a Regular Force unit, and commanded five
seperate Canadian Forces Bases in West Germany, overseeing the move of these bases to Lahr
and Baden in the south of the country.
From his days as a Junior Boy Rider, horses
were always a part of Brigadier Sellar's life, who became an accomplished rider and polo
player, and played competitively at a national level for Canadian, English and West
African teams. He avidly attended horse shows in Canada and the US, organized and
rode the Canada Trail, founded the National Hunter Trials and was Canadian representative
for the M.F.H. Association. He was also the Senior Master of the Frontenac Hunt for
25 years. He leaves behind wife Gloria and three children. His published
obituary states "Gordon was a sweet man. He cared fiercely for his soldiers and
their welfare, loved his family dearly and was proud to serve his country."
Brigadier General Gordon Sellar was scheduled
to speak at Mess Dinner in honour of the 60th Anniversary of the Battle of Walcheren
Causeway, scheduled for 30 October 2004. The Regiment is deeply saddened at the loss
and pass on their condolences to family and friends.
Lieutenant Edward Patrick Ford
Ed Ford arrived served with the Calgary
Highlanders as a platoon commander in Normandy, and though briefly evacuated in August
with battle exhaustion, remained with a rifle company until 19 September 1944, when
he took over the duties of Intelligence Officer of the battalion. He held the
position until 2 November 1944, when Captain Keller, MM took over the position.Lieutenant
Ford's duties as IO included keeping the battalion's War Diary. While the diary has
not been published in a formal sense, Lieutenant Ford's entries were very notable for the
level of detail that went into them and make for fascinating reading as well as being an
invaluable documentation of the battalion's history. After his period as
Intelligence Officer, he went on to command 14 Platoon in action.
Ed Ford was a member of the Clan of the
Gallant Canadians and passed away at the age of 90 on 28 August 2004 at St. Joseph's
Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario, leaving behind his wife of 62 years, Pat, and daughter
Daughter Patrica writes:
It is with a heavy heart
that we inform you of my Dad's passing on Aug 28, 2004. He was so proud of his
Affiliation with The Regiment all through his life - to the point I grew up thinking all
soldiers were Highlanders. In a letter to be opened after his death, he expresssed
his appreciation to the Regiment which I have enclosed. He looked forward to the
newsletters publication and contact with his loyal regimental family.
On behalf of my mother, I remain,
The letter has been given to the Regimental
Secretary for future publication. The condolences of the Regiment go to the friends
and family of this proud Highlander.
13 October 2004
Warrant Officer Paul Reaper
Change of RSM Parade - 22 September
Photos (2Lt Mills)
Regimental Sergeant Major Kent
Griffiths, CD, passed the pace stick on to Acting Regimental Sergeant Major Flint Walters,
CD who was confirmed in his appointment at a battalion parade at Mewata Armouries.
Honourary Colonel Bob Gibson acted as Reviewing Officer for the parade.
||Concurrent with being confirmed as the
Regimental Sergeant Major of The Calgary Highlanders, Flint Walters was promoted to the
rank of Chief Warrant Officer.
|This is the highest
non-commissioned rank possible in the Canadian Forces.
At right; CWO Walters,
LCol Villiger, CWO Griffiths.
has moved on to 41 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters, assuming the duties of Brigade RSM
(a move that was actually made several months ago). Both CWO Griffiths and CWO
Walters are long-serving members of The Calgary Highlanders, as well as United Nations
Peacekeeping Veterans. Both men have been regarded as solidly professional, with the
best interests of the men under them and the Regiment always at heart, as well as
preserving and promoting the core traditions which we as a Highland Regiment thrive on.
||Clan of the Gallant Canadians
Chief Warrant Officer Kent
Griffiths was elevated to the rank of Toshach in the Clan of the Gallant Canadians in
recognition of his service to the Regiment and his continued service to the Canadian
Forces in his role as Brigade RSM of 41 Brigade.
The ongoing dedication of the
Ladies Auxiliary was marked by the presentation of Certificates of Appreciation to Mrs.
Helen McCumber, Mrs. Shelley Russell and Mrs. Deirdre Spaan.
From left to right; LCol Villiger, Mrs. Spaan,
Mrs. Russell, Mrs. McCumber, HCol Gibson
Sergeant(retired) Jim Rankin was
presented with certificates from The Honourable Ralph Klein, Premier of the Province of
Alberta as well as the Department of National Defence, commemorating his retirement from
the Regiment and the Canadian Forces earlier this year. Sergeant Rankin was properly
attired for the evening's parade as a member of the Old Guard, in Regimental headdress,
blazer and tie.
Outgoing RSM Griffiths made two presentations
of plaques for the Warrant Officers & Sergeants Mess and the Junior Ranks Club in
addition to a presentation to the Officers' Mess.
|Officers' Mess - Major Dorcas
||WOs' & Sgts' Mess - WO Fedoruk
||Junior Ranks Club - Cpl Moreau
THERES A LEGEND THAT EVERY STAR
BURNS WITH THE VALOR IN A SOLDIER'S HEART
AND IT'S ALSO SAID THAT HIGHLANDERS
KEEP THE NIGHT SKY FROM GOING DARK
THERE IS BOUND WITHIN THE WEAVE OF THE
TRADITIONS AND AN IMAGE SO STRANGE
THAT STRIKES FEAR IN THE FOE AND DEMANDS THE RESPECT
OF THOSE WHO BEHOLD AND COMRADES IN ARMS
WITH THE RESONANCE OF PIPES IN THE WIND
AND A CLAMOR OF THE DRUMS SOUNDING CHANGE
APPREHENSION BUILDS OF THE ENCOUNTER THEY FACE
AND A FLAVOR OF FEAR IS ON THE RIVAL'S TONGUE
IT'S A STANDARD IN THE CALGARY CLAN
THAT THEY BE SOLDIERS EVERY WOMAN AND MAN
AND THEY CARRY WITHIN THE DISTINCTION ACQUIRED
SINCE THE OLD TIMES WHEN THE COUNTRY WAS YOUNG
THERE'S A FACT THAT MANY SCHOLARS HAVE
THE ROOT OF HONOUR GOES DOWN TO THE BONE
AND IT'S JUST THIS TRAIT IN THE TARTAN CLAD
THAT COMMANDERS HAVE ALWAYS DESIRED
SO ASK NOT WHICH WAY YOUR COLOURS BLOW
JUST FOLLOW THEM WHEREVER THEY GO
FOR THE DUTY OF A HIGHLANDER
IS TO MARCH, FIGHT AND SOMETIMES DIE
CWO KJ Griffiths, CD
Regimental Sergeant Major, 2004
Honorary Colonel Gibson was Mugged In to the
Officers Mess after the Change of RSM Parade.
Major Kyle Dorcas (Regimental Major), Colonel Bob
Gibson (Honorary Colonel),
Lieutenant Colonel Lee Villiger (Commanding Officer)
Captain Chris Scott, Lieutenant Palmer,
Second Lieutenant Heller and Second Lieutenant Adam Lowther were "mugged in" to
the Officers Mess at a dinner on 11 September 2004.
Left to right: Lt Palmer, 2Lt Lowther, 2Lt Heller, Honourary Colonel "Bob"
Gibson, Captain Scott (Officer Commanding "B" Company)
Below: Commanding Officer
Lieutenant Colonel Lee Villiger and Officer Commanding Headquarters Company, Captain Russ
Meades, on the occasion of the Mugging In of the below named officers.
Second Lieutenant Heller
Second Lieutenant Lowther
Photos (2Lt Mills)
CO's Parade - 8 September 2004
Calgary Highlanders Photos (2Lt Mills)
Canadian Forces Decoration
Sergeant Chris Tucker
Sergeant Paul Reaper
Tucker (left) and Sergeant Paul Reaper (right) were both awarded the CO's Commendation for
placing first and second, respectively, on this summer's DP3B course by Lieutenant Colonel
Spotted - Summer 2004
At an Armoury "out
Can ours be far away?
Photo courtesy of Jim Carswell.
Far From Home
Jeffery Williams is a
distinguished author of Canadian military history, having penned the story of the First
Canadian Army's fighting from the end of the Normandy campaign to V-E Day in his book THE
LONG LEFT FLANK. He has also published books on Julian Byng, commander of the
Canadian Corps in World War One and later Governor General of Canada.
He has just recently released
his autobiography, with many photos and anecdotes of his service with the Regiment.
|Williams was a prewar Calgary Highlander, who had served in
the Militia beginning in 1937, enlisted upon mobilization and was among the initial draft
of Calgary Highlanders to sail on the S.S. Pasteur for England in 1940. He trained
with the battalion in the UK and eventually transferred to staff duties.
The book can be found online at http://www.amazon.com
Far From Home: A Memoir of a 20th Century Soldier by
Jeffery Williams. (University of Calgary Press, 2003) 374 pages, many
illustrations. ISBN: 1-55238-119-6
National Commemmoration of
the 60th Anniversary of "D-Day"
The Calgary Highlanders
Heritage Section represented the Regiment at the national oberservance of the 60th
Anniversary of the invasion of Normandy as well as the annual "Stand On Guard"
living history event in Ottawa. Stand on Guard is an assembly of re-enactors and
vehicle collectors who portray the life of the Canadian soldier from the 1500s to the
present day. The playing field at Notre Dame Junior High School in Ottawa is
converted to a period encampment with battle recreations and static displays. Over
1500 students in the Ottawa area went through the displays on Friday June 4, and the event
was opened to the public that evening and for the day on Saturday June 5.
On Sunday June 6, the national
commemoration was observed at the National War Monument next to the Parliament buildings.
The re-enactors and vehicles from Stand On Guard lent support to this event.
Two Calgary Highlanders
re-enactors took part in this weekend, helping to ensure the actions of both the Regiment,
and of western Canadians in general, in the Second World War was not forgotten.
(Above) Chief Warrant
Officer Gary Crocker, MMM, CD, at left, extends dinner invitations to the Calgary
Highlanders Heritage section - at centre, Corporal Michael Dorosh, CD (currently company
clerk of "A" Company), and Lieutenant Kevin Winfield, CD (currently commanding
the Military Police detachment in Wainwright, Alberta). CWO Crocker's duties in the
CF are as Life Cycle Material Manager - Small Arms and Director Soldier
Systems Program Management. In short, he advises the entire Canadian Army on
all small arms, from the pistol to the .50 calibre machine gun and everything in between -
including the new generation of weapons such as the C7A2. His expertise on weaponry
was of great help to the re-enactors who brought blank firing weapons such as the MG42 and
Bren Gun to the various displays at Stand on Guard.
(Above Right) Photo taken
at the National War Monument during the service. Photo by Warrant Officer Ed Storey,
CD (Canadian Military Engineers). After the service, a civilian gentleman and his
wife from Ottawa came up, obviously recognizing the regiment's insignia, and recounted how
a relative of his had served with the battalion, and explained to his wife some of the
fighting the regiment saw at Hill 67, Walcheren Causeway, and the Rhineland. It was
rewarding for the two Heritage Section members to be able to tell the man that the
Regiment is still going strong, and remembering the actions of the men who did the
Regiment proud from 1939-1945.
Private Alonzo J. Sampson
Alonzo J. Sampson served in the
Canadian Army from October 1942 to December 1945, and joined the Calgary Highlanders as an
infantry reinforcement. He was one of a handful of Calgary Highlanders recognized
with a Mention in Despatches, which was gazetted in April 1946.
Alonzo J. Sampson passed away on
31 May 2004 at the age of 80 years.
More information is available on Private Sampson's service by clicking on
The webmaster is grateful to Alonzo's son Brian
Sampson for sharing the sad news, and extends the condolences of the Regiment to his
|Wednesday, June 2, 2004 (From The Halifax Herald)
Alonzo J. (M.I.D.)
SAMPSON, Alonzo J. (M.I.D.) - 80, Lower L'Ardoise, passed away peacefully on May 31, 2004.
Born in L'Ardoise on April 2, 1924, he was a son of the late James and Eliza (Peters)
Sampson. Alzono was a retired stevedore from the International Longshoremen's Association
in Halifax where he was employed for many years. He was also a seasonal lobster fishermen.
A proud veteran of the Second World War (1942-45), Alonzo enlisted a year younger than was
possible, driven by his desire to serve his country by not revealing his actual age. He
served with both the Calgary Highlanders and the Black Watch. Alonzo was very humble about
receiving the Oak Leaf, being mentioned in dispatches by the King of England for
distinguished and gallant service while serving in North Western Europe, including
Holland, Germany, France, England and Belgium. Alonzo was a member of Royal Canadian
Legion, Branch 110, L'Ardoise. He is survived by his loving and most devoted wife, Alice
(Sampson); daughter, Linda Poxon, Burlington, Ont.; Josilyn Levia (Jim), Montreal; Brian
(Andree), Lower L'Ardoise; Barry (Annette), Port Hawkesbury; Avery (Linda), Halifax;
grandchildren who he loved very much and was so very proud of, Brian (Caroline) Poxon,
Victoria Adelin, Kaitlynn and Jamison Sampson. He is also survived by sisters, Edna
Sampson, Lower L'Ardoise; Hilda Mac Martell, St. Peters. He was predeceased by twin sons
in infancy and brothers, Ephrium and Wallace. In celebrating life he enjoyed the musical
talents of his three boys, as well as the company of his family and friends at gatherings.
He was an avid deer and duck hunter with many stories to share. Visitation will be held
from 2-9 p.m. on Friday, June 4, and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 5. The
funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday in Holy Guardian Angels Church,
L'Ardoise, with burial to follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, L'Ardoise.
Change of Command
Parade - Land Forces Western Area - 30 May 2004
On 30 May 2004, Land
Forces Western Area conducted a very public Change of Command ceremony at
Edmonton City Hall. The Regimental Pipes and Drums were delighted to accompany the Royal
Canadian Artillery Band in two musical selections, as well as providing a short
medley of 6/8 Marches as part of the entertainment during the event.
Honourary Colonel Bob Gibson can be seen
at far left enjoying the music provided by the Regimental Pipes and Drums. Photos
below are thumbnailed, click to enlarge.
Photos by Lieutenant Kevin S. Winfield, CD
CO's Parade - 26 May
Several awards and presentations
were made at a CO's Parade on this Wednesday evening.
Canadian Forces Decoration
||Corporal Laramee, CD
Corporal Laramee was recognized for twelve years service to the Crown by the
presentation of the Canadian Forces Decoration.
Corporal Laramee flanked by the CO and the RSM.
Lieutenant Colonel Mark
Tennant Trophy - to the best rifle shot in the Regiment
was presented with this annual award.
St. Julien's Day Awards- 24 April
In honour of the 89th
Anniversary of the Battle of St. Julien - the first Battle Honour earned by the Regiment -
The Calgary Highlanders exercised their right to the Freedom of the City of Calgary,
followed by the annual meeting of the 10th Battalion Calgary Highlanders Association, and
annual all-ranks Association Dinner. As is customary, several trophies were
presented to deserving members of The Calgary Highlanders' Regimental Family.
More information on the trophies
mentioned below may also be found in the Honours and Awards section of this website, with
a brief history of each and a list of former recipients.
Chief Warrant Officer
Marty McCumber Award - Outstanding Service to the Regiment
The Ladies' Auxiliary were
recognized for their long service to the Regiment; Deirdre Spaan, Helen McCumber and
Shelley Russell perpetuate the long standing tradition of a strong Auxiliary and the
Regiment extends their continuing gratitude to them for their efforts.
Soldier of Excellence
Lieutenant Colonel Warren Spaan,
CD, former Commanding Officer, initiated this award, which represents an acknowledgement
of excellence amongst the Junior Non-Commissioned Members (those soldiers ranked from
Private to Master Corporal). This year the recipient - chosen by ballot from
among his peers - was:
Colonel J.Fred Scott
Memorial Cup - Outstanding Athlete
The award for outstanding
athlete, in recognition in part for his role as Captain of the Oak Leafs Hockey Club, went
Sergeant Chris Tucker
Overseas Battalion Award
- Best Junior NCO in a Combat Arms Role
The award for most proficient
junior Non-Commissioned Officer in a combat role went to
Master Corporal Kelly
Sergeant Miller Trophy -
Most Proficient Sergeant/Warrant Officer
The award for most proficient
senior Non-Commissioned Officer went to
Warrant Officer James
R. MacDonald, CD
Ensign's Award - Most
Proficient Junior Officer
The award for most proficient
junior Officer went to
Lieutenant Colonel P.F.
Hughes Trophy - Most Proficient Member of the Pipes and Drums
This years recipient was:
Drummer Ian Michaluk
Shortest Right Marker in
Measuring in at 5'5-1/2",
the webmaster was surprised but honoured to be called upon to act as Marker for Number Two
Guard during today's parade. He also thanks the honours committee for his award of
the Justice J.V.H. Milvain Cup for "Most Proficient Junior Rank in a Non-Combat
Congratulations to all those
recognized at tonight's dinner. Good luck to those who are writing exams during this
busy time of year.
It is worthy of note that
the Soldier of Excellence marched in today's parade, brought his studying with him after
the parade, left to write his exam at 1900, and was back at the dinner in time to accept
his award. Well done, Private Emslie!
Birthday Presentations - 31 March 2004
In honour of the 94th
Anniversary of the birth of the Regiment, several awards and presentations were made at
Mewata Armoury on 31 March 2004 to mark the occasion.