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                                                                                       Volume 5, Issue #2
                                                                                           Fall 2009
                                                                           Honorary Colonel’s Message                                            2
                                                                           Honorary Lieutenant Colonel’s Message                                 2
                                                                           Commanding Officer’s Message                                          3
                                                                           Padre’s Message                                                       3
                                                                           Association President’s Message                                       4
                                                                           Editorial                                                             4
The Regiment Journal - PloughJockey                       (ISSN 1200-
                                                                           New Commander of 33 CBG                                               5
460X) is the unofficial publication of The Hastings & Prlnce Edward
Regiment. The mandate of this journal is to promote our regimen-           Along Route 56                                                        6
tal family and its activities. Views expressed are those of the con-
tributors and do not necessarily reflect those of the editor, publisher,
                                                                           The White Battalion                                                   8
senate, regimental associations, commanding officers of regimental         Missing In Action                                                     9
units, the Canadian Armed Forces or of the Department of National
Defence. The editor may edit material submitted. The Regiment              Memories and Experiences - Art Hunt                                  10
Journal - PloughJockey is published twice a year, in the Spring and        How I Met My Wife - Alf Mountenay                                    11
the Fall. Please address correspondence to:
          The Editor, The Regiment Journal - Ploughjockey                  Address by the CDS - General Walter Natynczyk                        12
     The Armoury, 187 Pinnacle Street Belleville, ON, KBN 3A5              Ex HASTY SHOOTER                                                     16
        e-mail:              Fax-.(613)966-2110
                                                                           Afghan Repats BBQ                                                    17
          Regimental Web Site:
                                                                           Friendly (AntiAircraft) Fire - Col Cy Yarnell                        18
 The Hastings & Prince Edward Regiment                                     My Time in Hospital - Ray Playfair                                   20
  Colonel-in-Chief: HRH Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, KCVO                Regimental Golf Tournament                                           23
            Honorary Colonel: Michael Scott CM, CD
       Honorary Lieutenant Colonel: Robert Wigmore CD                      Veterans Affairs and Reservists                                      24
          Commanding Officer: LCol J. J. Parkinson CD                      Corps of Commissionaires                                             24
Armouries: Belleville, Peterborough & Cobourg                              Coe Hill Warriors’ Days                                              25
Perpetuating: 9 Brigade Canadian Field Artillery, 39th, 80th,
136th, 139th, 155th & 254th Battalions Canadian Expeditionary
                                                                           Training Afghan Prison Guards
Force World War 1, 15th Argyll Light Infantry, 16th Prince Edward                                     - WO Rod McNeil                           26
Regt, 40th Northumberland Regt, 49th Hastings Rifles, Durham
Regt, Midland Regt, 9th ATk Regt and 34th ATk Bty.
                                                                           Our Militia Heritage                                                 27
Allied with: The Princess of Wales Royal Regiment,                         LCol Ray McGill Retirement Dinner                                    28
                     Canterbury, Kent, England.
Affiliated Cadet Corps:                                                    J57 in Kandahar - Capt Mike McCloskey                                29
             488 - Cobourg, 385 - Madoc, 640 - Cloyne,                     Landing in Sicily Day                                                30
 1129 - Haliburton, 2672 - Peterborough, 2777 - Campellford,
                  2817 - Lindsay, 2818 - Belleville.                       Atts & Dets, Promotions, Honours & Awards                            32
       Institutes: Officers Association, SrNCOs Association,               Who’s Where Now                                                      33
  The Regimental Association, Pipe Band, Regimental Museum,
         Regimental Kit Shop, The Senate, The Trust Fund,                  Coming Events                                                        33
                The Regiment Journal-PloughJockey.
     Editor-in-Chief: Honorary Colonel M. Scott, CM, CD.
                                                                           Recollections of Serving with the 9th
          Managing Editor: LCol D.J. Kernaghan, CD                           Anti-Tank Regiment, 1950-1953
   Advisory Committee: Capt B. Buchanan, CD (Regtl Assn),
             Capt W. Vallance OMM,CD(Cadet Corps),
                                                                                                         - Bill Campbell                        34
Sgt J. Taylor, CD (SrNCO Association), LCol J Inrig, CD (Senate),          Why!                                                                 36
              LCol J.F. Sherry, CD (Officers’Association),
                Major G.M Robertson, CD (Battalion)                        Photo Album                                                          37
     Finance: Col KDH Willcocks CD, LCol D. Campbell CD,
                   LCol H.L. Simpson, CD, Maj. G. Lee, CD                  Quote of the Issue... “It is a question of our own security.
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       Honorary                                                                     Honorary
       Colonel’s                                                                    Lieutenant
       Message                                                                       Colonel’s
  THE SAME COIN                                                                    This has been a very
                                                                                   busy year for The
The      two most important                                                        Regiment. With spring
events on my military calendar                                                     comes range practices
in the last couple of months                                                       and summer exercises
were the National Honorary                                                         and deployments. On
Colonel’s       Conference      in                                                 a lighter side, some unit personnel were able to take part in the Canada
Edmonton in August and the                                                         Day celeberation on Zwick Island and also at 8 Wing Trenton as they
Annual Regimental Reunion in                                                       held their 75th anniversary. 2Lt. Neate deserves a lot of credit for the
October.                                                                           demonstration section that garnered a lot of attentlon at both places.
   In Edmonton we were briefed on equipment procurement plans,                     She had weapons, equipment, vehicles and also had face painting for
operations in Afghanistan, the future of the Reserve after 2011 and                several young people.
even the current state of the reserve pension plan. I also spent a day                  At the Coe Hill Warriors Day weekend the museum had good dis-
at CFB Wainwright and toured the Canadian Manoeuvre Training                       plays and the unit also showed their weapons and equipment as well
Centre (CMTC) and watched Hasty P’s take part in Ex Maple Defender,                as painting young peoples’ faces. After having many 25 pounder shells
although I was probably too far away for them to realize I was there.              fired over our heads during WW2, I had the opportunity to pull the trig-
The amount of time and resources that have been utilized to recreate               ger and see and hear this most effective piece of artillery. By the way, all
the villages, culture and challenges of Afghanistan in order to ensure a           the “smoke” was actually talcum powder that had been loaded into the
realistic training environment is amazing.                                         shell casing. It sure looked real.
     At the reunion we celebrated the centennial of the Belleville                      This year is the 100th anniversary of the Belleville Armoury. Con-
Armouries, we got a chance to spend time with our Vets, both old and               struction was started in 1907 and finished in 1909.Thcrc will be a cel-
new, and honour those who have gone before us. Looking back on that                ebration on the 17th of October 1009 in conjunction with the annual
weekend I would like to say a very large thank you to both LCol Skip               Regimental Reunion. The program runs from 1300hrs until 1600hrs
Simpson and Honorary LCol Bob Wigmore for the incredible amount                    with the unveiling of a memorial plaque and a gigantic cake cutting.
of work they did to make the Centennial open house on the Saturday                      The new training year has started so there is much activity at the
such a great success.                                                              Armoury now. The Commander, MGen Connors, of Land Forces Cen-
    These were two very different events but they were two sides of the            tral Area held a conference in Cornwall 25 to 27 September 2009. The
same coin. The coin of course is the regimental family, one side being             main theme for the Strategic Planning Session was the care and welfare
the serving soldiers and the other the vets, association members and               of our soldiers. This included the care of injured soldiers as well as
other family members. It’s impossible for a coin to have only one side             their families. The discussion also covered the post Afghanistan opera-
just as it’s impossible for the regiment to survive with only one part of          tions after 2010, including the resupply of equipment and vehicles. He
the family.                                                                        stressed that we have the best of equipment and said that the Army will
      I know some of you are saying “Here he goes again. He never                  continue to buy the Cadillac rather than the Chevie type of equipment.
stops talking about the regimental family.” Well you’re right I always             The Reserves will still be called upon to supporat the Regular Forces in
bring it up because I believe it’s the key to our success. Family takes care       their operations. Leadership development is a high requirement.
of family and when they do great things happen. So I’ll keep harping                     Doug Calver passed on to me that the plaque we erected at the
about it so no one forgets. So keep soldiering on and doing everything             Pachino Beach landing site in September 2005 had been vandalized.
you can to make sure the other members of our family are healthy and               White paint had been brushed across the face of it. I contacted Capt
happy!                                                                             Dave Evans and in his usual efficient way, he was able to contact people
                               Paratus                                             at the Embassy in Rome, Veteran Affairs and other helpful people. The
                              Mike Scott                                           result was that the plaque had been cleaned up somewhat and further
                                                                                   cleaning will be done.Thank you Capt Evans.
                                                                                                               Bob Wigmore
  A note from the editor...
                                                                                    As chairman of the 100th Armouries Anniversary Committee.
  New in this issue is the elimination of the                                       I want thank all who made the event a success. In particular the
                                                                                    success would not have been possible withour the help of LCol[R]
  “Miscellanea” page(s) at the back of the journal.                                 Skip Simpson, Major Dave Evans, Major Rob Bradford and the
  The final page (inside rear cover) will now be a                                  Museum staff, all who spent many hours and days researching
  “photo album” of various shots while “miscella-                                   the history of our Armouries. Skip Simpson and Rob Bradford in
                                                                                    particular, along with John Geen, Orland French, Jerry Boyce, Mac
  nea” items will appear as boxed snippets (like this)                              Smith and Bob Mitchell contributed to the history that was needed.
  throughout the mag where space remained.                                          Thank you all.

                                                                                                                             Bob Wigmore, Chairman
                                           Don Kernaghan                                                                    Belleville 100th Armouries
                                                                                                                             Anniversary Committee

                                           The Regiment Journal                2   Plough Jockey, Vol 5 #2
     Commanding                                                                           Padre’s Message
    Officer’s Message                                                                     At the beginning of the train-
                                                                                          ing year, the Belleville Garri-
I   am now entering my final year
                                                                                          son hosted a formal dinner so
in command. Looking back, we
                                                                                          that we could do two things as
have maintained our strength, while
                                                                                          a regimental family. The first
improving on the number of Senior
                                                                                          was to say farewell to LCol Ray
NCOs we have, in particular WOs
                                                                                          McGill, who is now officially
and improving on the number of
                                                                                          retired. Hearing Maj Mur-
junior officers we have. All the Hasty
                                                                                          ray Robertson’s anecdotes and
Ps who deployed to Afghanistan
                                                                                          reflections on his time serving
returned home relatively safely
                                                                                          alongside LCol McGill was a
between March and June this year.
                                                                                          reminder that this Regiment
WO Aleman who was caught in an
                                                                                          has a very long and honourable
IED blast while on foot is doing well,
                                                                                          history that has been made by a
displaying a justified stoic optimism.
                                                                                          band of dedicated soldiers and
This past summer we badged another
                                                                                          their families. The second task
23 Hasty Ps, gained three more
                                                                                          we had on that evening was to
MCpls, another Sgt and two more 2Lts. With respect to collective training, LFCA
                                                                                          start the training year with a time of fellowship. One of the difficulties
sent two rifle companies to EXERCISE MAPLE DEFENDER out in Wainwright
                                                                                          with the Reserves is that we work together one or two nights a week
Alberta. One of those companies was led by the Hasty Ps, with Major Rankin
                                                                                          and one weekend a month but don’t always have the “off-time” to re-
as the OC, Capt Cybulskie as the 2I/C and MWO Hulan as the CSM. We
                                                                                          ally get to know each other.
also provided a Platoon Commander, a number of soldiers and NCOs as well as
                                                                                              As a chaplain, this is important to me. In my civilian role as a parish
Major Cossar as the planner for Battle Group. From everything I have heard,
                                                                                          priest, I often see people from Sunday to Sunday but never really get
we had the best company out there, job well done to all those who participated!
                                                                                          the chance to know them. Some people I have hardly seen but because
     Looking at the year to come soldiers are currently preparing to deploy with
                                                                                          I have been honoured to be a part of a very momentous event in their
TF 3-09 and TF 1-10. This is one area the unit could perhaps improve on: more
                                                                                          life, whether a baptism or a marriage or a funeral, I have gotten to
volunteers per rotation for Afghanistan. That said, those putting their hands up
                                                                                          know them very well. And then, there are a whole lot of people in the
are more than well prepared for the tasks they will perform and will lead the way
                                                                                          middle that I see in various places in the life of my parish and have
for those they serve with. The current focus for those not deploying is getting
                                                                                          gotten to know pretty well.
ready for domestic operations, in particular those anticipated for 2010. Linked to
                                                                                              The same is true in my role in the Army. I know many people rea-
this are the tasks we conducted a staff check for last year. Current indications are
                                                                                          sonably well, some not at all, and others quite well. As the unit chap-
that a para task will not likely come to us, rather it will remain centralized with the
                                                                                          lain, I believe it is my duty to know every soldier—from the new recruit
QOR and opportunities will be spread more equitably across the Area. Although
                                                                                          to the Commanding Officer—well enough to provide appropriate pas-
somewhat disappointing, you can’t miss what you didn’t have. Spreading this out
                                                                                          toral care when needed. It’s a unique responsibility and privilege—
will also improve morale among the other units in LFCA including 33 Brigade.
                                                                                          one that no one else is able to exercise. In my efforts to get to know
Recognizing the plan still remains to be finalized this could still change. There is
                                                                                          people I spend time in the mess after training so I can socialise. I walk
no confirmation regarding the task to support the Wing Auxiliary Security Force
                                                                                          around the parade square to observe training and to engage soldiers
in Trenton, we will likely learn more, late in 2010. We have conducted one airfield
                                                                                          in conversation during down time. I have gotten to know some people
security exercise this May and have another planned this October followed by a
                                                                                          really well for a reason I wish I didn’t have: through the trauma of a
third in February. The exercise this May was an outstanding learning experience
                                                                                          death in combat.
with a lot of lessons being identified. The intent is to do an identical exercise
                                                                                              This year, I have begun a series of “Padre’s Hours”, occasions when
in October in order to capitalize on those lessons identified and turn them into
                                                                                          I can spend time with the troops (only the junior ranks to this point) to
lessons learned.
                                                                                          share with them a bit about myself and my role and to hear from them
    As I mentioned in the last issue of the Plough Jockey there are some areas I
                                                                                          how their life is going. I love being in the Army, but what makes it
would still like to improve. I would like to improve retention; right now we are
                                                                                          especially rewarding for me is the opportunity to walk among past and
more or less replacing what we lose each year and I would like to get into a position
                                                                                          present soldiers and share in the story of this great Regiment.
where we train less because we lose less. This will become more important in
                                                                                                As I reflect on the health of The Regiment and on the taskings
the years to come. Linked to this we also need to improve participation on unit
                                                                                          that are coming our way (I’m sure the CO will have lots more to say
exercises. This is not something the RSM and I can do alone, it will require all the
                                                                                          on that), I am glad that we have such a strong Regimental tradition to
unit’s leadership to make this happen, both Senior NCOs and officers. In the last
                                                                                          draw upon. But, I would also say that we still need to continue to work
issue I also mentioned I would like to improve camaraderie through a variety of
                                                                                          hard to keep our family strong. Having served in the Navy for the bet-
professional development opportunities, physical training both individually and in
                                                                                          ter part of a decade before I came here, I can definitely say that one
teams, and through increased participation in unit social functions. This will now
                                                                                          of the strengths of the Army is the camaraderie that exists between
be more difficult as we start heading into a period of resource constraint.
                                                                                          officers, NCOs and junior ranks. Without being too familiar, there can
     The change that is now coming is a mixed blessing, rather than embracing
                                                                                          be a real sense of family that comes from the nature of the job we do.
the change, where we can, we must now shape the change. Unity of thought,
                                                                                          This is a strength we must not take for granted in a world that increas-
effort and purpose are more important than ever if we are to shape change for
                                                                                          ingly seems to turn its back on family.
the betterment of the unit, the Brigade and LFCA. While doing this we must not
                                                                                                 As the year goes by, with the Regimental Reunion, the Men’s
lose sight of the need to be prepared for domestic operations, as well as continuing
                                                                                          Christmas Dinner and the multitude of other opportunities that we
support to CF participation in international operations, while supporting
                                                                                          have to get to know each other better, I hope that I will have the plea-
deployed soldiers and their families. With the coming change we need to keep
                                                                                          sure of meeting faces old and new to carry on our conversations and
our Regimental motto to the fore, PARATUS.
                                                                                          continue to add to the story of The Regiment.
                                                                                                                 VOCATIO AD SERVITIUM,
                                J. J. Parkinson, CD                                                                       Brad Smith +
                                       LCol                                                                                 Padre
                                                      The Regiment Journal                3   Plough Jockey, Vol 5 #2
Regimental Association President’s Message                                  Editorial
                                                                            A number of issues back, in an effort to give more reading without increas-
                                                                            ing the number of pages (and cost), I reduced the type size to 9 point from
When      I became
                                                                            10. My reasoning was that Legion Magazine print size is 8 point and if
your      President,
                                                                            vets (with the failing vision age brings) were able to read that, then TRJ-PJ’s
one of the goals
                                                                            9 point text should cause little problem. This so far has been written in 9
set was to find and
                                                                            point size.
encourage all past,                                                                            Legion Magazine uses 8 point size like this.
present and future
                                                                                        Earlier issues of TRJ-PJ used 10 point like this
members to join
the     Regimental
                                                                                                       (albeit in Ariel text).
                                                                                Now, back to “9”... Your comments are welcome - carry on with 9 point
Association. We
                                                                            OR revert to 10 point, with more pages and greater costs vs less articles and
have been suc-
                                                                            same number of pages? The text style was also changed starting last issue to
cessful but not as
                                                                            one requiring slightly less page space.
successful as I had     After 14 years of loyal service at the helm                                         -----
                       Howard Adamson has passed leadership of              Cpl Matthew Wilcox has been found guilty in the accidental shooting death
       Our WWII
members are get-       the Regimental Association over to Bucky             of another in Afghanistan. It’s a modern day tragedy in that it was his best
                        Buchanan. Other executive members are               friend Cpl Kevin Megeney who died due to Wilcox’s negligence (not hav-
ting on in years
                         Frank Evans (V Pres), Mike Evans (2nd              ing unloading his weapon while off-duty in the Kandahar camp) and that
and most are not
                       VPres) and Larry Shoebridge (Secty-Tres).            it happened during horseplay (quickdraw). A military court sentenced him
physically capable
                                                                            to four years in jail, dismissal from the Canadian Forces and has a five-
nor want to take
                                                                            year weapons ban. Although a Reservist, he (and any other committing a
on new challenges. All members need to continue the search for past
                                                                            criminal act) rightly deserves the same punishment a Regular Force soldier
members. Within the serving ranks I have attempted to enlist people for
                                                                            would receive. He is reputed to be a good and dedicated soldier and was not
small tasks or committees so they become informed on the Regimental
                                                                            reduced in rank, which seems to imply the mercy of the court spared him a
Association and its operations. From these newest members, we hoped,
                                                                            dishonourable discharge.
would come other new members, new ideas, as well as promoting our
present projects. The CO has made some strides in getting the serving
                                                                               NATO and Gen McChrystal may finally be on the right track in Afghani-
soldiers to join us and we applaud his efforts. The difficulty is keeping
                                                                            stan in refocusing efforts to place soldiers in villages and out of Forward
them as paid and active members.
                                                                            Operating Bases (FOBs). This will give direct and continual contact with
    We, your Executive, and current members, must also approach and
                                                                            the citizens as well as protecting them. Any plan however has its downside.
encourage our serving soldiers to join. Those that do must be made
                                                                            One major problem is that by “penny-parcelling” your troops around you
welcome. It is their Association as well as ours.
                                                                            leave them vulnerable to attack by larger groups. A strictly defensive war
    They are the future of this wonderful family. At this time no new
                                                                            can never be won as it leaves the enemy the freedom of choosing when and
endeavours are being planned. We find the calender is as full as we can
                                                                            where he will attack.
reasonably manage.
                                                                                 This happened in early October at a NATO outpost on the Pakistan
       At the 2009 AGM I would like to see more members present.
                                                                            border. In a 13 hour firefight eight Americans and two ANA were killed.
30-35 members making the decisions for 250 is not in the best inter-
                                                                            The Taliban learned a while ago they cannot win a head-on-head battle
ests of this Association. This year the Reunion dinner location had to
                                                                            against NATO troops and have resorted to IEDs and suicide bombers. Now
be changed because of the uncertainty of the Branch 99 RCL status.
                                                                            that weaker targets are becoming available and, although this latest battle
At the 2009 Golf Day we agreed we could not see holding a Reunion
                                                                            was won (at least 100 Taliban were killed), we can expect future attacks will
without the Saturday evening dinner. A search for another location was
                                                                            be in greater strength against smaller outposts/villages. Here’s hoping the
commenced. Arranging the dinner for the Belleville Armoury was not
                                                                            defenders are backed up by standby forces that can be rapidly flown in to
an option due to a previous engagement. The only location open that
                                                                            save the day.
could accommodate our needs was the Ramada Inn - Belleville. We
hope you enjoy the new location and dinner.
                                                                              The Canadian government is standing by its decision to pull our troops out
    Now, let us move forward towards increasing our membership and
                                                                            of Afghanistan in 2011, except for a smaller group doing reconstruction,
expanding our Regimental Family.
                                                                            etc. If people think the army is going back to the days of “peacekeeping”
                                                                            they sadly underestimate the situation in Afghanistan. On 5 Oct 2009 a
            “P A R A T U S”
                                                                            Taliban suicide bomber managed to get inside the UN World Food Program
         H. S. Adamson, President
                                                                            facility in Islamabad, Pakistan killing five UN staff. Despite the UN World
 A new TV series Combat Hospital is being produced but it’s un-             Food Program being totally humanitarian, a Taliban spokesman claiming
 certain when and if it will be aired. It is being shot in the Canadian     responcibility said “The UN and other foreign [aid groups] are not work-
 Military Hospital in Kandahar and although the scripts are fiction         ing for the interest of Muslims. We are watching their activities. They are
 they have great access to reality there.                                   infidels.” Canadian soldiers serving in Afghanistan after 2011 will have a
                                -----                                       hard time doing simple “good works”. If the Americans do increase their
 Daryl Kramp, the MP for Hastings-Prince Edward, has introduced             troop numbers in Afghanistan and the Pakistanis continue their pursuit of
 a bill to the House of Commons entitled “Canadian Soldiers’ and            the Taliban northward, these insurgents (who, in Afghanistan, are mainly
 Peacekeepers’ Memorial Wall Act”. Such a wall of remembrance               foreigners) will move out to some other place in the world where they are
 would honour our over 115,000 soldiers whose graves lie in 75 differ-      more welcome.
 ent countries.                                                                To those who feel we should negotiate with the Taliban, The Pakistanis
                                -----                                       did, giving them control of most of the Swat region. That however wasn’t
Sales of Spam - that much maligned “meat” of WW2 - are rising as            enough and the Taliban soon started pushing their control southward to-
consumers are turning more to lunch meats and other lower-cost foods        wards the provincial capital. That’s when Pakistan said enough and is now
to extend their already stretched food budgets.                             forcing them northward and out of the country.
                                                                                                         Paratus. Don Kernaghan

                                       The Regiment Journal             4    Plough Jockey, Vol 5 #2
           COLONEL D.R. WAITE, CD
     New Commander 33 Canadian Brigade Group
Colonel    Waite joined
the Canadian Forces
in 1975 as a Trooper
in the Governor Gen-
eral’s Horse Guards,
located in Toronto, On-
tario. During his service
with the GGHG, he
completed two tours
in Germany; one with
B Squadron, Royal
Canadian       Dragoons
(Armour) in 1977 and
another in 1981 as Re-
connaissance       Troop
Leader with D Squad-
ron, Royal Canadian
   Col Waite was select-
ed to be commissioned                                                                         Donations to the
from the ranks in 1987 after obtaining the rank of Master Warrant Of-
ficer. He attended the Militia Command and Staff Course at CLFCSC                        Regimental Associations
in Kingston Ontario in 1991. He assumed command of the Governor
General’s Horse Guards in 1994 and remained CO until 1998. In 1997,
                                                                                               Trust Fund
he graduated from the United States Marine Corps Reserve Command &                        are Tax Deductible !!!
Staff Course at Quantico, Virginia.
  In 2001, he was appointed Directing Staff Member for the Militia Com-
mand and Staff Course (MCSC) at the Canadian Land Force Command
                                                                                 Interest from this fund is used to benefit the Battal-
and Staff College (CLFCSC), Kingston where he taught the MCSC until                ion in amenities not provided by DND, such as:
2002. In 2003-04, he instructed the US Army Command and Staff Gen-
eral Course (Reserve). In 2004, Col Waite served as an exchange officer
with the US Army Reserve, 98th Division, 6th Brigade, 98th Battalion.
                                                                                - purchase of regimental accoutrements,
Upon his return, he was appointed as the Chief Instructor for the Primary       - training enhancements,
Reserve Army Operations Course for LFCA from 2005 to 2007. In Sep-              - recruiting assistance
tember 2007, Col Waite was transferred to LFCA Headquarters and filled
the position of G3 Reserve Force Generation Collective Training. In May
                                                                                - support of the Regimental Band
of 2009, Col Waite was appointed Commander of 33 Canadian Brigade               - student bursaries
Group which is headquartered in Ottawa and comprises 14 units located           - general financial help.
in communities throughout Ontario.
   Col Waite completed a seven month operational Tour in Kabul, Af-
ghanistan as Special Advisor / Planner within the Combined Security              Your loyal support will ensure the perpetuation of
Transition Command – Afghanistan (CSTC-A), Afghan National Army                  our Regimental traditions. Receipts will be issued
Development Directorate. Col Waite was awarded the “South Western
Asian Medal” by the Canadian Armed Forces, the United States Military
                                                                                  for Income Tax Charitable Donations purposes.
“Defense Meritorious Service Medal” by the Commander of CSTC-A
and the “Afghanistan Victory Medal – First Degree” by the President of             The Hastings & Prince Edward Regimental
Afghanistan.                                                                               Associations Trust Fund
                                                                                                P. O. Box 22143
                                                                                            Belleville, ON, K8N 5V7
 A new magazine about military lifestyle, geared to families, is being
 launched, called Ubiquitous. It is designed to educate, enhance and            LSgt Clifford Fox served The Regiment for many
 empower military families and the family members, friends and com-             years as a steward and cook. He is buried in a
 munity groups that support them. Subscription rate is 10 issues per
 year for $15.95 (including taxes). FMI:              regimental grave in the Belleville cemetery but
 Sounds like a nice Christmas gift.                                             without a headstone. Donations are requested to
                                                                                help pay for this stone and may be made to:
 Major flight line construction at CFB Trenton will take place over the
 next three years. $334 million has been allocated for six new buildings.        The Hastings & Prince Edward Regiment
 This is on top of the $500 million budgeted last year for infrastructure       Trust Fund (see ad above). It’s not right that
 projects. The new two-bay C-17 maintenance hanger (16,630 sq m                 this loyal servant of our regiment should lie in an
 and $122.6 million) will provide 662 construction jobs.
                                                                                unmarked grave.

                                        The Regiment Journal                5   Plough Jockey, Vol 5 #2
                                                                                                           executive of the Senior NCO Association chose
                                                                                                           you as that recipient.
                                                                                                              Jim Fraser has purchased several copies of
                                                                                                           your book. At the last men’s Christmas dinner
                                                                                                           he asked me to get a copy signed by the LCol
                                                                                                           of the Regiment, J Parkinson, HCol Mike Scott
                                                                                                           and HLCol Bob Wigmore and send it to him. I
                                                                                                           got a letter back stating that he had sent it to Ste-
                                                                                                           phen Harper signed “Your Friend Jim Fraser”. I
                                                                                                           have no idea how that went over as I don’t know
                       16 May 2009                                                   18 June 2009          what political stripe Jim wears. Based on Jim’s
From:        John Melmer                             From: Doug Calver                                     interest in your book I am sure he would pleased
  I appreciate that The Regiment was represent-        I recently returned from a war cemetary & bat-      that you received the print.
ed at my father’s funeral. My family will miss       tlefield tour of the 1st Canadian Div. With the
him and I will continue to remind my son’s of        help of Max Fraser (son of Major James Fraser                    10 July 2009 (Landing in Sicily Day)
his honesty and care, and his example.               MC, Hast&PER) & his partner we were able to           From:       Maj R. Bradford
    One of my father’s stories, if I could....       lay poppies & give honours to 332 fallen Hasty                   Brussels, Belgium
 Over the years I have had to deal with blood        Ps in 14 cemetaries visited. I am correlating pics    Subject: Assoro Print
pressure problems. My father’s blood pressure        & text from a journal I kept on the tour, if you      Dear Larry,
was always low. I asked him how he dealt with        are interested in any aspect please let me know.          Thank you for your e-mail and the wonder-
stress (being a school principal for many years                            -----                           ful surprise. I know Maj Fraser from history, of
before he retired). He said that during WWII,                                        20 June 2009          course, therefore know him to be a great Hasty
they had fought to make                              From:       Joe . W. Armstrong                        P. I am quite taken aback that the Sr NCO As-
ground and there were                                            Toronto, ON                               sociation should choose me for the honour of
many casualties on one                                  Congratulations on another splendid issue of       receiving the Assoro commemorative print as
particular day. He sat                               Plough Jockey. I am always impressed by the mag-      I have been out of The Regiment’s eye for so
down to eat lunch in a                               azine’s wonderful combination of professional-        many years now. Nonetheless, I am pleased
field of dead soldiers                               ism and individual warmth as well as its range        that the members know that the shining brass
(Germans). From his                                  of history of the regiment and current activities.    cap badge of The Regiment has seen many un-
perspective, nothing else                            The “Gothic Line” series is especially illuminat-     usual places and activities since I began extra-
in life could be as stress-                          ing and well done.                                    regimental duty in 1988, and is therefore associ-
ful compared to that                                                       -----                           ated with some very interesting initiatives. I was
day.                                                                                 9 July 2009           in Plymouth a couple of years ago waiting to
   Anyway, Thank you!          Harry Melmer          From:       John B. Matthew                           be flown out to a British aircraft carrier when a
                       -----                                     Oshawa, ON                                newsman standing nearby asked me what regi-
                       May 27, 2009                  Subject: Lance Sergeant John Matthew                  ment I was from. He said he could not help but
   It is with great pleasure that the Peterborough       I received the Commonwealth Graves Com-           notice a badge “so lovingly polished for so many
Remembers Committee announces that the He-           mission Final Verification Form, which has to         years that the lettering had worn away.” Re-
roes’ Tribute Gala taking place at the Peterbor-     be completed and returned to their office. The        membering Col Duffy’s oft repeated direction
ough Armoury on June 6, 2009 is SOLD OUT.            form shows that my grandmother was the des-           that a Hasty P always keeps his brass polished,
    Due to the generous support of many people,      ignated next of kin, but she passed away on De-       I felt a surge of pride in The Regiment at that
all 280 seats have been purchased in honour of       cember 30, 1981 at the age of 81 years old.           moment that took me back to my roots in the
the ultimate sacrifice made by our local fallen          Will they accept me, his nephew, as the next      regimental cadet corps (and my first exposure
soldiers; Corporal Randy Payne, Corporal             of kin?                                               to Brasso...and, come to think of it, “Capo” as
Mark Robert McLaren, Warrant Officer Robert              If you could please, suggest some comments        well). I joined No.2818 in 1969, which makes
Wilson and Private Michael Bruce Freeman.            that are fitting for such a stone (Line 1 and line    this the 40th Anniversary of my first donning
     Although the event is now officially sold out   2 are allowed 25 characters and spaces per line).     the red beret, displaying The Regiment’s brass,
– the Peterborough Remembers Committee is            Line 3 and 4, I would like to have “IN THE            and sporting the same old-gold-&-royal blue
still working towards building a strong public       END...” “ONLY KINDNESS MATTERS!”                      Hasty P shoulder flashes my own uncle (Bob
awareness of the sacrifices that were made by        which is a more modern saying, but does do the        Bradford) had worn at Assoro as a rifleman in
our local fallen soldiers and their families. The    man some justice.                                     “A” Company. (I would never have dreamt I
Committee would like to invite all citizens to          Thanks for your help.                              would be wearing that cap badge 40 years later
show their support by visiting the Peterborough                            -----                           in Brussels as the Canadian head of delegation
Remembers website at http://www.peterbor-                                  8 Jul 2009                      to an amphibious warfare conference at NATO to sign the guestbook so           From:       Larry Shoebridge                          Headquarters. I doubt if the CO, Maj Cun-
that a permanent legacy can be created in re-                    Secty, Regimental Association             ningham, and then-WO Vallance would have
membrance of these soldiers.                         To:         Major Robt Bradford                       predicted such longevity of service as I was a bit
    Proceeds from the Heroes’ Tribute Gala will      Subject: Assoro Print                                 challenged by the concept of left and right at the
be used to create a trust fund for the children of       Today I delivered Assoro print #43 (of 250)       time.) This honour is a wonderful way to mark
Warrant Officer Robert Wilson and a donation         to your home here in Belleville. This print is        my anniversary!
will also be made to the Mirmun Girls’ Orphan-       compliments of Major Jim Fraser of Vancouver               Please advise me of the details of the As-
age location in Kabul, Afghanistan.                  (yes the same Jim Fraser MC on page 53 of your        sociation executive so that I may convey my
     Monetary donations are also gratefully ac-      book Honours and Awards). When we sent out            thanks. What success I have enjoyed and what
cepted and can be made by calling the Com-           the notice regarding the Assoro prints Jim sent       contribution I have made to the Service owe
mittee Co-Chair, Mr. Alan Wilson at (705) 313-       a donation to the Tust Fund with the stipulation      much to the Sr NCOs who molded me in The
1109.                                                that the print be given to a deserving officer. The   Regiment and were my vital partners as I in turn

                                      The Regiment Journal              6     Plough Jockey, Vol 5 #2
trained others. There are too many to recall,         I simply call them annual events
although names like Bill Vallance, Cec Ruttan,        which gives one an excuse to
Doug Ogilvie, Howard Adamson, Chuck Mack-             have another rowdy party.
innon, Carl Ward, Dave Hannah, Les Howell,                Apple Juice - I remember a
Bill Douglas, and (from the Regular Force Sup-        winter exercise at which the
port Staff) Len Sonnenberg of the RCR, remain         Sgt’s Mess was duly set up in
very prominent in my mind. Howard Kokesh              the back of a truck after training
-- “Sam” -- and Bob Armitage must be recalled         had finished for the day. A very
in a category all their own as retired-from-the-      cold weekend and so we decided
unit but active-in-The-Regiment Sr NCOs               to have our “discussions” over
during my time in the armouries. Of course,           a drink. The rye was OK but
there were others as well, and the legacy of the      “yikes” no mix. A can of apple
wartime NCOs was always prominent because             juice was produced, opened and
of The Regiment and the many veterans who             we had “rye slushies”. Not very
remained associated with The Regiment in later        tasty but it did melt the frozen
years. Finally, and also in a category of his own,    can of apple juice. Again - Hasty
is Colonel Duffy, who never fully ceased being        “P”s make do, improvise.
a Sr NCO even after commissioning, and who                Keep well Harry and do as
first started training me as a member of the Ju-      the doctor orders. Don’t try the
nior Emergency Measures Organization (EMO)            apple juice tonic. It may give you
in 1967, when I was eleven years old.                 a surprise at the wrong end.
   I will drop a line to Maj Fraser directly.                               -----
                       -----                                                          14 Aug 2009                                      12 Sep 2009
                                  14 July 2009        From:      Don Kernaghan                           From:      Tom Robinson
From:       Gary R. Hayes CD**, PLCGS, CAS            To:        Cheryl MacLeod, Editor of the           To:        Mike Evans
Business Development Coordinator                                    Maple Leaf.                             Bev and I were out today in Harlem in the
Kingston Regional Office                              Again an excellent issue of The Maple Leaf (12     town square watching the celebrations. We
Canadian Corps of Commissionaires                     Aug 2009, Vol. 12 No. 27). I notice on page 22     came across a plaque on the wall of the city hall
737 Arlington Park Place                                                                                 stating this town was surrendered to the Hasty
Kingston, ON K7M 8M8                                                                                     PS and the RCR’s on May 8th 1945, the Queen
  I was visiting Belleville last week and managed                                                        of Holland unveiled this plaque on May 8th,
to obtain your journal from a local bookstore.                                                           1995.
   Very professional and interesting articles. I am                                                        I thought you’d be interested.
offering a short history on the Canadian Corps
of Commissionaires for your next issue.                                                                                                  13 Sep 2009
I hope you can use it.                                                                                   Comment from Hon LCol Bob Wigmore...
[Ed Note: Thanks. See pg XX].                                                                              I was there in 1995 when George Renison pre-
                       -----                                                                             sented the plaque on behalf of the Hasty P’s.
                                  29 May 2009                                                            Stan Down, George Swoffer, George Ponsford,
From:       Harry Fox                                 you show a shot of two vets, the same great shot   John Inrig, Bill Vallance and several others were
To:         Howy Adamson, Assn Pres                   used in your 19 Nov 2008 issue. The two are        there. A very good trip. I will bring my pictures
   Thank you for the birthday card [Ed Note:          “Blackie” Simpson and Barney Ferguson, World       to the reunion for you to see.
Harry’s 95th]. Yes, I know it is a bit late, but I    War 2 vets of The Hastings & Prince Edward                               -----
was very pleased to get it. I mean I am late in       Regiment. I thought you might like to know                               14 Oct 2009
letting you know I got it.                            should you use it again. Keep up the good work.    From:      Merv Rowan
  And I took your advice and looked at the num-           Blackie Simpson & Barney Ferguson                         Lindsay, ON
ber of the house, and by golly, you were right,                             -----                             We have just been informed that the MTO
the number is 94. Must have been looking at the       From:      Bill Hubbs                              is making up signs for The Midland Regiment
moon through a bottle too many times the night           Can you are someone in the Regimental As-       Commemorative Highway similar in size. style,
before.                                               soc. confirm thet the man on the right in the      etc. to ours. Three are to be erected on Hwy.35-
   The doctor has given me strict orders: lay off     attached photo is Lord Louis Mountbatten and       one just south of the Haliburton Boundary, one
booze. So am on apple juice. Seeing as how I          the year if possible? The photo was taken, prob-   at the intersection of Kent Street West, Lindsay,
was raised a Baptist, it is fairly easy for me.       ably in the mid 70s, at a reunion as my father,    and one midway. We are hoping to have some
                                                      Ben Hubbs, died in 1979.                           sort of dedication at the Sir Sam Hughes Branch
                              June 24, 2009           Thank you for any help you can offer.              of the Legion in
From:     Howard Adamson                                                                                 Lindsay.      Date
Dear Harry,                                                                                              and time to be
  I am remiss in my reply to your letter of May                                                          announced.
29, 2009. Unfortunately I placed your letter on                                                          Ed Note: The
the “pile” and somehow it got filed in another                                                           Hastings         &
place. So much for my organizational skills.                                                             Prince Edward
  It’s amazing how many times you can look at                                                            Regt      perpetu-
a number and the mind sees something else. I                                                             ates the Midland
just thought it would be funny if you said you                                                           Regt who amal-
were somewhere else and others knew better.                                                              gamated with us
HA! HA!                                                                                                  on 1 Sep 1954.
   Birthdays - I no longer celebrate birthdays.

                                           The Regiment Journal             7     Plough Jockey, Vol 5 #2
                                The White Battalion
                          Christopher, George, Sgt, in Belleville on 24 May 2009 at 86 yrs. A past
                          chairman of the Belleville Veterans Council and a past president and life
                          member of the AN and AF Veterans Association. George had served over-
                          seas in WWII with the 11th L.A.A. Regiment in the 5th Infantry Brigade.
                          On return he joined The Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment and was
                          one of those chosen to represent The Regiment in the Coronation parade
                          of Queen Elizabeth in 1953. George also served as Drum Major of The               George
                          Hastings & Prince Edward Regiment Bugle Band, shown at far right C1960.         Christopher
                                                                                                          Reunion 2006
                          Simmons, Edward H, MD, M(Surg), FRCS(C), FACS, in Youngstown,
                          NY on 8 May 2009 at 83 years of age. Dr. Simmons served as a Corporal in
                          the Second Battalion of The Regiment, then as RSM of the Canadian Of-
                          ficers Training Corps at the University of Toronto. He was a pioneer in the
                          treatment of spinal deformities and diseases.

                          Melmer, Harry Norman at the Trenton Memorial Hospital, on 10 May
                          2009, age 85 years. A photo of Harry in recent years is in “Along Route 56”.                          Sgt George
                                                                                                         Harry Melmer           Christopher
                          Leigh, Lloyd Robert, Cpl, B44521, in Orillia on
                          4 Aug 2009 in his 88th year. Lloyd enlisted on 13
                          Oct 1942 and served with The Regiment through
                          Italy and NW Europe. He was the youngest of four
                          brothers who served IN WW2 - all of whom re-
                          turned home safely!

Roland “Roly” Finley joined the White Battalion on 17 June 2009 in Lind-
say, Ontario at the age of 85 years 1 month and 24 days. In the photo below
the original colour print shows Roland with Hasty P shoulder flashes, but the
                                                                                Lloyd Robert Leigh
divisional patch is green (ie: 3rd Div) and his medals do not include the Italy
Star. Must be a story here! As well he sports a small hexagon above
his right pocket with the six triangular segments of different colours;
Anyone know it’s meaning?

Boyle, Rev. Terrance, Capt Padre(RC) on 22 April 2009 in Bel-
leville, He served in The Regiment in the early 60’s.

Cochrane, William O, Major on May 28, 2009 in Mississauga at
the age of 83. Bill had battled Pulmonary Fibrosis for the last 6 years.

Stock, Dr. John Samuel, Captain, on 22 June 2009 at 86 years of
age, in Belleville. Dr. Stock served with the BC Regt during WW2
and was wounded in action in Normandy. He later served as The              Roly Findley in more
Regiment’s Medical Officer in the late 1950’s and early 60’s..                 recent times

Scott, Dr. Russell, UE, MD, CM, at 94 years on 29 July 2009. Russell during WW2                                    Roland Finley - 1940’s
performed plastic surgery in England. Back home he practised as a GP and served a term as
Mayor of Belleville during which time he gave strong backing of his city to saving the Hasty Ps
from disbandment in the early 1970’s and, in our appreciation, was made an Honorable Major
of the unit.

Denyes, Clayton Dale, Cpl, on 26 June 2009 at 70 yrs. Clayton was a drummer in the
Hast&PER Band 1960-65.

Hunt, Arthur, Cpl joined the White Battalion on 18 Aug 2009 at 87 years of age at his home
in New Westminster B.C. Originally from Deseronto, ON, Art was in the RCAF serving in
Trenton upon the outbreak of war. He left the RCAF, joined the Hast&PER in Nov 1939 and
sailed for England in Dec 1939. Art was a stretcher Bearer and one of the six surviving 39rs.
Some of Art’s memories are on pg xx.                                                              Art Hunt at the Gothic
                                                                                                     Line Memorial -         Frank Butler, 1995
Butler, Frank Bailey, MWO, joined the White Battalion on 4 Sep 2009 in his 90th year                    Oct 1998
in Belleville. Frank served in the 34th Fd Bty in Belleville until its amalgamation with the
Hast&PER in 1954, then served in The Regiment’s Pay Office.

Dunn, Alfred, in May 2009 at Ottawa. No further details are known.

                                              The Regiment Journal            8    Plough Jockey, Vol 5 #2
 Also Remembering                                              Missing in Action
  our Comrades in                                                 Hasty Ps
       Arms...                                               The following twelve Hasty P’s of the White
Cpl Pte. Alexandre (Pelo) Peloquin,
                                                             Battalion have no known grave. Now that
3R22eR (serving with 2R22eR Battle Group)
                                                             Lance Sergeant John Matthew’s grave is to be
on 8 June 2009 by an IED in the village of
                                                             named (see last ssue), TRJ-PJ is looking for
Nakhoney, about 15 Kilometres southwest of
                                                             any information readers may be able to offer
Kandahar city. Canadian soldiers have dubbed
                                                             of the remainder of our regiment’s MIA’s.
Nakhonay as one corner of Panjwaii’s “Taliban
triangle,” a well-known hub of insurgent activ-
                                                             Caban, Victor William, Pte, KIA 18 Jul          Donald
ity going back to 2006; it’s believed to be a stag-
                                                             43, C5707 (at Valguarnera). Son of Victor
ing and logistics centre for insurgent attacks on
                                                             and Margaret Caban of Toronto                   B r o w n
Kandahar City. That day, during Op Constric-
tor, his group had already confiscated 15 bombs
                                                             Cassibo, Bernard Eugene, Pte DoAS 22            Whytock
                                                             Jul 43, C4574 (at Assoro).                      was The Regi-
plus enough material that could have made up
                                                             Craik, James, Cpl, 18 Dec 43, B73588 (at        ment’s Trans-
to 80 antipersonnel and antiarmour explosive
                                                             Moro River)                                     port      Officer
                                                             Douglas, Russell George, Lt, 31 Jan 44,         heading to OP
Cpl J.R.Martin Dube, 5e Regiment du Ge-
                                                             (at San Nicola - San Tomasso). Son of Geddie Husky, the in-
nie de Combat, died while dismantling one of
                                                             and Margaret Douglas, husband of Mary A.        vasion of Sicily,
two roadside bombs in Afghanistan on 14 June
                                                             Douglas of Mount Stewart, PEI.                  on board HMT
2009. “His actions, his sacrifice, saved the lives of in-
                                                             Freeburn, Percy Angus Neil Alex, Pte, 30        Devis. In the
nocents” - BGen Jonathan Vance.
                                                             Jan 44, C5066 (at San Nicola - San Tomasso)     Mediterranean 2Lt Donald Brown
Cpl. Nicholas Bulger, 3PPCLI on 3 July
                                                             Hoyles, Baxter, Pte, 31 Jan 1944, D71595        Sea, just east             Whytock
2009 by a roadside bomb in the western Zhari
                                                             (on advance to Gothic Line)                     of the Straits of
district, 60 km west of Kandahar. The vehicle                                                                                     Picton, Nov 1939.
                                                             Juby, Claude Leslie, Pte, 25 July 1943,         Gibralter, the
of the commander (BGen Jonathan Vance) had
                                                             C120169 (at Nissoria)                           Devis was torpedoed on the afternoon of 6
just passed over the bomb and was only 15 m
                                                             Long, Alfred Keith, Pte, 28 Jul 43, M,          July 1943. The ship sank in 20 minutes. Capt
ahead of Cpl Bulger’s LAV. Cpl Bulger was
                                                             C65184 (at Assoro-Nissoria). Son of Alfred      Whytock, on board accompanying most of
from Peterborough.
                                                             Henry Clark Long and Edna Alice Long of         The Regiment’s vehicles, was lost at sea along
MCpl Philippe Michaud on 5 July 2009
                                                             Port Hope, ON.                                  with nearly 50 other ranks. Capt Whytock
died in a Quebec City hospital of injuries sus-
                                                             McConnell, Richard Irvine, Pte,                 was from Madoc. His name is remembered
tained from a landmine while on foot patrol in
                                                             KIA 31 Jan 44, B48914 (at San Nic-              on the Cassino Memorial (Panel 14). Regret-
the Panjwaii district on June 23.
                                                             ola - San Tomasso). Son of Hilliard             fully his MIA file must be closed. RIP.
MCpl Patrice (Patty) Audet (Flight En-
                                                             and Carrie McConnell of Arthur, ON
gineer - 430 Tac Hel Sqn) and Cpl. Martin
                                                             McGinty, John Joseph, Pte, DoW 25 Jul 43, B131654 (at Nissoria). Son of Mr & Mrs John
Joannette (Air Gunner - 3R22eR - on his
                                                             McGinty of Coatbridge, Lanarkshire.
third tour in Afghanistan) on 6 July 2009 killed
                                                             Way, Samuel, Pte, KIA 18 Jul 43, C5401 (at Valguarnera). Son of Samuel and Letitia Way of
in Griffon helicopter crash at an American base
                                                             Belleville, husband of Muriel Betty Way of Sevenoaks, Kent.
in Zabul province, about 80 kilometres NE of
                                                             Welsh, Chester Wellington, Cpl, KIA 30 Jan 44, C80212. Son of John C. and Theressa
Kandahar. Another Griffon had just taken off,
                                                             Welsh, husband of Georgina Welsh of Maberly, ON.
leaving them in a dust cloud, as well as their
                                                             Whytock, Donald Brown, Capt, on 5 Jul 43. Son of Charles and Helena Whytock of Madoc.
own downblast cloud; taking off in zero visibil-
ity they struck a perimeter defensive wall. Also
                                                                      KIA- Killed in Action   DoAS - Died on Active Service   DOW - Died of Wounds
killed was Capt Ben Babington-Browne of 22
Engr Regt, British Royal Engineers.
                                                               The Department of History and Heritage (DHH) in Ottawa now has a forensic anthropolo-
Pte Sébastien Courcy, 2R22eR on 15
                                                             gist on staff - Ms. Laurel Clegg who manages casualty recognition primarily for CF personnel
July 2009 during Operation Constrictor IV,
                                                             that died before 1970. About 28,000 Canadian soldiers have no known grave; 20,000 of those
a counterinsurgency clearing of the town of
                                                             served during the First World War. These remains are usually discovered as cities expand onto
Nakhonay, 17 Km SW of Kandahar. Tasked to
                                                             old battlefields. “It is our job to confirm the remains are Canadian,” explains Ms. Clegg. “We try
observe movements from a position overlooking
                                                             to identify them through badges, DNA and dental records, if possible.” (From The Maple Leaf - 3
the town he stepped on what was either an IED,
                                                             Dec 2008).
or an old mine planted during the Soviet oc-
                                                                 The remains of Pte Ralph Ferns has recently been identified by DHH. Ferns, of the Royal
cupation, which blew him over the edge and he
                                                             Regt of Canada, died in France in Aug 1944. Someday one of ours will be discovered and hav-
fell to his death.
                                                             ing details on those listed above would help in the identification, particularly
Cpl Christian Bobbitt and Spr Matthieu
                                                             relatives who could provide DNA samples. Can you help?
Allard, 5th Combat Engineers Regiment on
2 Aug 2009 by a roadside bomb attack in the
Zhari district, west of Kandahar. The two “in-              in defusing half of the IEDs found in Kandahar       lometres southwest of Kandahar city. “Lorm”
separable” friends died together. They had dis-             in July alone, saving dozens of innocent lives.      was a member of 2R22eR.
mounted from their vehicle to secure the area               Maj Yannick Pepin and Cpl Jean-Francois              Pte Jonathon Couturuer, 2R22eR, on 17
after an initial blast near the town of Senjaray            Drouin, 5 Combat Engineer Regt, by a road-           Sep 2009 near Savadat (25 Km SW of Kanda-
and were killed by a second explosion. Soldiers             side bomb SW of Kandahar on 6 Sep 2009.              har) when his vehicle struck an IED.
that day had neutralized two bomb-making op-                Pte. Patrick Lormand, on 13 Sep 2009 by
erations; Allard and Bobbitt were likely involved           an IED blast in the Panjwaii region about 13 ki-

                                          The Regiment Journal              9      Plough Jockey, Vol 5 #2
         Memories and Experiences, by Art Hunt
Leaving Halifax in the Latter Part of 1939            how I remember these facts.                            the ground; the sand flew up about four or five
  The troopship Ormandy was a boat that was             I turned myself in to CMHQ3 in London for            inches in front of my face. The only casualties
mainly used between London and the far east.          being AWOL. A major took me to a place                 we had that time was the water wagon - it got
On the ship there were other troops (RCASC)1 .        called Galoshields and put me in jail. The             shot up real good.
Someone got into the ship’s supply of liquor and      Chiel of Police said after the officer left “I have         Another time I was ordered to go with the
beer; it was passed around amongst the troops.        no jurisdiction over you and I’m not going to          patrol as a medic which included a lieutenant, a
The Captain was mad as hell - upon arriving           lock the cell door”. And I was given freedom           sergeant, a Brengunner and twelve other ranks.
in England every soldier on board was fined 10        to walk around the city but I had to be back           All I was holding was a web belt and shell dress-
shillings apiece. The Canadian dollar was fixed       by 5pm each day. The Chief of Police’s wife            ing kit. The Germans got onto our trail with
a $4.47 to the Pound that year [Ed Note: There        cooked my meals until they came to place me            their group as we headed back to the unit. All
were 20 shillings to a Pound, but a Private’s pay                                                            the time they were machinegunning us and
was only $1.10 a day].                                                                                       mortar firing us. The officer was the first time
  When we received word to proceed to France                                                                 under fire, because we got into a difficult spot so
the Stretcher Bearers composed a poem that                                                                   he turned to the sergeant because he was experi-
goes like this:                                                                                              enced; he said he would watch and learn.
    As we marched down the streets of Aldershot                                                                  The group had to go over some open ground,
       to board the boat for France                                                                          the sergeant said we’ll fire where the machine-
    To cross the English Channel                                                                             gunners are to pin them down, then one man at
                                                                                                             a time would run across the open space. Then
       just to beat old Hitler’s pants
                                                                                                             they could fire on the machinegunners and
    We will advance on the Seigfried Line                                                                    that was repeated til the riflemen got across the
       just like a bunch of bees                                                                             safety.
    And treat the German soldiers                                                                                 There were four of us left, the officer, the
       like a bunch of fleas                                                                                 sergeant, the Brengunner and myself. The of-
    And when the war is over                                                                                 ficer said to me “I’m hit”. I said “Where”. He
       we’ll board the boat for Canada                                                                       said “My buttocks”. I told him to drop his pants.
    and we’ll all shout “WE WON!                                                                             I checked, the round went across the buttock
   Which was true, we did shout “WE WON!”                                                                    cheek but did not break the skin - so he was very
  I met a girl from Yorkshire and she sent me a                                                              lucky.
poem called Forget Me Not; it’s as follows:                                                                      Now it was my turn to cross the open space.
                                                                                                             Half way across every bit of strength left my
    When you are sad and lonely
                                                                                                             body and I dropped like a potatoe sack right
         and sitting in a pleasant spot                                                                      there and when I was falling down the machine-
    Pluck this four leaf clover                                                                              gunners were on me. I hit the ground and my
         called Forget Me Not                                                                                strength came back, then I ran to the rest of our
    When this you see,                                                                                       group. They asked me what happened? Both
          remember me                                                                                        ends of the patrol wanted to know how I was
    It’s you that has my heart,                                                                              missed - I don’t know - I guess I wasn’t meant to
         although we are far apart.                                                                          die there and then - another time.
    While in Britain training strength [sic] on the                                                               A third time - I had taken some personnel
                                                                                                             back to the medics station. I was on the way
parade square learning battalion marches and              Pte Art Hunt - Picton, 1939                        back to The Regiment; I was in no man’s land.
drills one of our members took seriously ill. He
was placed in the military hospital in Aldershot      back in military hands.                                The odd shell was landing in the open fields,
- he died2, then we had to learn the slow march           In Sicily I was AWOL again. I reported back        I got lost and a hugh figure of a man jumped
immediately while we were training for the            to the unit and talked to Captain Dafoe; he said       up off the ground and challenged me for the
regular march. It was very difficult to go from a     to me “The Colonel is waiting to talk to me”,          password. I forgot it. I heard the officer take the
very fast pace to a very slow pace.                   but the LtCol was out on a recce and never             safety off his revolver. I had to think quickly so
   One of our officers in The Regiment was field      came back because he was killed4, and so I was         I said “Where the hell are the Hasty Ps?” He
cashiered. Major Graham read off the charge in        never charged. I made my mind up right there           told me off for forgetting the password, he said
front of all of us. The officer was stripped of all   and then I would be a good soldier and settle in       “I was gonna shoot you”. Again I was lucky it
badge and button items and the order was giv-         and behave like the rest of my regiment.               wasn’t my time to go.
en for The Regiment to come to attention and               There are a few times that I knew I could            In British Columbia Canada after my service
about turn. While we were about turned then           have been killed...                                    years I had two headon car accidents and I sur-
they marched the X officer to the gate in the              When we crossed the Straits between Sic-          vived both of them. I have cheated death in the
field and turned him loose. I heard that he came      ily and Italy on the way up the boot, the order        service and out a lot of times.
back to Canada on a cattle ship.                      came to dig in. I started to dig a hole in the early      A few years ago there was a movie called The
    Our regiment got a break on account of            morning at sun up. I heard an aircraft coming          Scarlet Pimpernell. It was, you seek him here,
we were slated for the raid on Dieppe but the         towards us - I lay on the ground and I heard           you seek him there, you seek him everywhere. I
G.O.C. of another division complained that the        firing from his machineguns. I tilted up my hel-       consider myself to be the Scarlet Pimpernell of
First Division was in France in 1940 and they         met to have a look and six inches in front of my       The Regiment because they could never catch
wanted their turn for the raid on Dieppe. This is     head I saw five rounds on ammunition go into           me at my pranks.
                                                                                                                   In those days there was some unfairness
1           Royal Canadian Army Service Corps         3         Canadian Military Headquarters               in giving officers ribbons for just visiting. My
2           Sgt Harry Grant, 9 Mar 1942.              4         LCol Sutcliffe at Assoro on 20 July 1943     thoughts and feelings about officers that came

                                          The Regiment Journal             10        Plough Jockey, Vol 5 #2
from CMHQ in London England... Then
unit takes them on strength and published
their rank, name and when they visited
                                                          How I Met                                      my 20th birthday, I had to return to Picton and
                                                                                                         my unit. On checking in my platoon officer told
                                                                                                         me to pack my gear and then I could have the
the regiment’s headquarters. At that time I
guess the military law was if they spent 24                My Wife                                       rest of the day off. But I had to be back by 9:00
                                                                                                         PM as The Regiment was moving. At 10:00
hours or more they were entitled to a cam-                                                               PM we boarded a train that took us to Halifax,
paign ribbon. I spoke to my son, a peace            by Alfred (Monty) Mountenay                          Nova Scotia, where we went aboard the ship
time regular officer who worked at National                                                              “Ormonde,” in a convoy for England.
Defence Headquarters in Ottawa and he               On December 3, 1939 I                                                         My      first   Christmas
said that loophole had been fixed and in fu-    was Corporal of the Guard of                                                  away from home was
ture I believe that the officers would have     The Hastings and Prince Edward                                                spent in the middle of the
to spend 30 days in the war zone to get a       Regiment at our barracks in Picton,                                           Atlantic Ocean. We landed
campaign ribbon5 - this makes me feel bet-      Ontario. Along about 7:00 PM,                                                 in     Greenock       Harbour
ter. They probably did the same thing in        Jim, our company clerk, stopped by                                            December 31, 1939 and
France in 1944.                                 and asked if he could borrow my                                               boarded a train for the trip
   After the war I visited my son who was       car to take his date home. I said,                                            to Aldershot, England.
an exchange officer with the British Military   “Sure, as long as you are back by                                                 From then on I would
Forces and I met in his apartment the Brit-     11:00 PM. That’s when I get off                                               not see my home again till
ish officer who looked after Rudolf Hess. I     duty.”                                                                        1945. At the end of April
mentioned that I was there during the war.            Two days later as I walked                                              1945 I arrived back at my
We brought up Hess’s name and wondered          down the street I saw this young                                              home on a thirty day leave,
where he was kept prisoner. It was three        lady get off the bus and stand there                                          at the end of which I was to
miles from Farnborough and I tried to get       like she was looking for someone.                                             return to my unit in Europe.
into the apartment where Hess was held,         Being a good scout, I asked her if                                            Joyce and I got together
but security wouldn’t let me. They said the     she needed some help. She said                                                and we had a long talk and
British government had sealed the apart-        she was to meet her date, Jim, at                                             decided to forget the past
ment. I was told Hess did try to escape and     the bus stop for their date for the                                           and start anew to make a life
he fell down the turret of the house where      dance, which was about to start at                                            for ourselves. While waiting
he was held and broke his leg. The British      the armouries across the street.                                              for the return trip to Europe,
officer said he would show me something              I suggested we go over there                                             the war over there ended. I
the next time he came over to visit my son      to find her date. He wasn’t there                                             was then discharged from
and he had a letter in his hand he handed to    and he never did show up. We                                                  the Army and returned to
me. It was a letter from Rudolf Hess to this    introduced ourselves. Her name was Joyce. So             civilian life.
British officer thanking himfor everything.     Joyce and I spent an enjoyable evening dancing              Together, Joyce and I made a new life for
Hess signed his name in very large letters. I   and talking. After the dance, I walked with her to       ourselves, a very happy and loving life together
think it was then that they moved him from      her friend’s house where she would be staying as         and had a loving son. Joyce passed away three
Britian. It was quite something for me to be    her family lived in Belleville about 20 miles away. I    months short of our 60th wedding anniversary.
able to see and read the personal letter from   found out Jim was just a date for the dance and that     She was truly a lovely lady and a loving wife. My
Hess to the officer in my son’s apartment.      she didn’t have a steady boy friend. Before I left her   son and I miss her very much.
                                                we made a date to go to the movies the next night.
          The Scarlett Pimpernell                   For the next nine days we dated. On December              Joyce and Alfred Mountenany
                  Art Hunt                      15 I got permission from my commanding officer
                                                to get married. We were married in the church on             Tho you are gone and I remain
[Ed Note: For more of Art Hunt’s memo-          Saturday, December 16 at 7:00 PM. As we left the             My love for you will never change
ries see Volume 4, Issue #5, pg 22.].           church my comrades formed an arch with their
                                                rifles and bayonets to honour us. Our wedding
                                                supper was at her friends house with all our families        No one can ever take your place
                                                and friends. Then we spent the night at her family’s         Your tender love and smiling face
                                                home in Belleville.
5         Regulations now say 3 months              Sunday morning, December 17, which was also              The days are long and lonely too
                                                                                                             But I’ll get by with thoughts of you

                                                                                                             At night my dreams as I sleep in bed
                                                                                                             Recall the day when we were wed

                                                                                                             Our lives were filled with love and joy
                                                                                                             When by God’s grace we got our boy

                                                                                                             We travelled to places we had never seen
                                                                                                             With you my darling we lived our dream

                                                                                                             I’ll live the rest of my life with pride
                                                                                                             For I know my darling you’re by my
     The Picton Canning Factory “Barracks” of 1939 shortly before it burned down in
      the late 1990’s.The old Picton Armoury is seen behind the tree at photo right.

                                            The Regiment Journal             11        Plough Jockey, Vol 5 #2
    Address by General Walter Natynczyk,                                                                         And our work begins here at home. The Cana-
                                                                                                               dian Forces’ most important mission is to defend
              OMM, MSC, CD                                                                                     Canada and Canadians. This is our first priority.
                                                                                                                   One of our essential missions that occur on
         Chief of the Defence Staff                                                                            an average of three times a day or night is search
                                                                                                               and rescue. The CF has exceptionally talented
          to the Conference of Defence Associations Institute                                                  men and women who launch in aircraft and he-
                                                                                                               licopters normally in terrible conditions to assist
                   Ottawa, Ont 27 February 2009                                                                those in dire need. With us today is the CF’s
Introductory Remarks                                    officers who are gaining decades of experience         Senior SAR Technician, MWO Gavin Lee. He
                                                        over very short periods of intense operations, I       spent 8 years in the Army as a Combat trucker
  Thank you for your kind remarks. Thank you            am proud. The quality of our new leaders is            before making the jump—over 600 to be exact
to LGen Evraire, Dr. Cowan and Colonel Pel-             remarkable. Our RMC Cadets from Kingston               into the SAR world.
lerin for hosting this important event. Alain, as       and St Jean please stand up.                              And, he has launched out the door on a mo-
I see all that you do to make CDAI conference                Today I’d like to outline my assessment of        ments notice more than 500 times to rescue Ca-
successful I truly marvel.                              where the CF are today and where I believe             nadians, Americans, Spaniards, Japanese—all
     Senators, MPs, Provincial MLAs, Ambas-             we need to go in the future. I see the CF as           in need of live saving assistance.
sadors, thank you all for your interest and pres-       an integrated, modern military force built upon           In fact, MWO Lee was awarded the Medal of
ence here.                                              core service competencies. Where the CF can            Bravery for putting his life on the line in a daring
      I offer a special welcome to Gen. Mattis          achieve strategic effect with integrated naval, air,   rescue dive mission to save six boaters trapped in
and Gen. Renuart for joining us this morning.           land and Special Forces operations.                    their overturned vessel in Active Pass near Vic-
Similarly, I am very pleased to see three former           We in uniform cannot fulfil our responsibilities    toria. He is here with his wife Retired Air Force
CDS’s Generals Manson, Baril and Heneault.              without the great support of the Department. In        Officer Mary Lee and their daughter Gillian.
      Honorary Captains and Colonels General            the strategic environment of the 21st century we          And we need to invest in SAR for the future.
and Flag Officers CFCWO, Chiefs and RSMs,               all work together Regulars, Reserves and civil-        The FW SAR is a priority acquisition in the
Distinguished members of CDAI, Ladies and               ians, in one defence team.                             CFDS to enable outstanding airmen like MWO
Gentlemen.                                                 Our civilian work force, from coast to coast, is    Lee to project his teams to save Canadians to all
    It’s a real pleasure to have the opportunity to     robust. Here in Ottawa, we are very proud that         corners of the nation and our three oceans.
speak to the members and guests of the CDAI. I          DND was ranked amongst the top employers in               One of the toughest Region to operate is the
would like to thank you all for being here.             the city.                                              Arctic where the CF will enhance its presence
   I feel privileged to be here as your CDS, now             The Canada First Defence Strategy, an-            over the next few years. As Minister Cannon
in my eighth month of duty. What a ride it has          nounced by Government last spring and briefed          said yesterday, the Arctic is a fundamental part
already been! I have had the opportunity to see         by the Minister this morning outlines the CF’s         of Canada and Canada is an Arctic Power.
the CF from coast to coast to coast, sailing in the     missions and tasks. It details a plan to rebuild the       It is a vast area that we have placed under
Pacific, Atlantic, Mediterranean and the Gulf. I        CF over the next 20 years. This is an important        a single commander. BGen Dave Millar com-
have visited TF Kandahar three times including          achievement. It is probably the best plan since I      mands a Region that is 40% of Canada, larger
over Christmas with the Minister.                       joined the military.                                   than all of Europe and with a population of ap-
    Last Friday the Rangers allowed me to drive             The CFDS establishes that the three tasks for      proximately 100,000 souls.
one of their Snow Machines over the lakes of            the CF are                                                The environment is changing. The melt is oc-
North Eastern Saskatchewan. It was such a great            • to defend Canada,                                 curring faster than most expected. Last year we
day that I have to turn in a day’s pay! Wherever          • to be a reliable partner with our US allies and    had another record year for commercial traffic
I go, I can’t help but be inspired and proud of           • to project leadership abroad to protect Cana       in the Archipelago. The polar route from Asia
our men and women in uniform. Canadians can                  dian interests.                                   to Europe will be open for commercial traffic
take pride in having one of the most profession-               The Strategy directs the CF to grow to          sooner than we expect. We in the CF must be
al and best-trained militaries in the world. Our        100,000 military personnel with 70,000 regu-           ready for the new realities in Canada.
Allies tell us so as well as one said that the CF is    lars and 30,000 reserves, to recapitalize combat          Infrastructure and activity levels are key to ex-
a great military, there just aren’t enough of you.      equipment, to enhance the force’s readiness and        ercising sovereignty in the Arctic. Initiatives for
We’re trying to change that!                            infrastructure. We have a way to go to achieve         the docking facility at Nanisivik and the train-
   Where we are today is a reflection of the ser-       these numbers as the force currently stands at         ing Centre are key investments in infrastructure
vice and sacrifices of those who went before us.        65,000 regulars paid, but with 55,000 trained ef-      to improve our ability to operate in the North.
I am humbled to stand before you. You who               fectives and just over 25,000 effective reservists.    Our goal is to have them up and fully opera-
trained us, you set the standard. You showed us             The Strategy is solid, but it will take time to    tional by 2015.
what right looks like.                                  grow and rebuild the Canadian Forces while at              Dave Millar has the mission to exercise our
    As I call your group, please stand up and re-       the same time we are prosecuting a high tempo          Sovereignty throughout his region in support
main standing: I’d ask our Veterans of WWII,            of operations, transforming the forces to meet         of the other Departments. He has many assets
Korean Vets plse stand up. Peacekeeping Vets,           the needs of a changing world, recruiting and          available to him: satellite based imagery, ground
Veterans of the Gulf War and the Kosovo air             training Canada’s finest, and caring for our           and spatial radar, patrol aircraft, naval vessels,
campaign, Veterans of Afghanistan, Campaign             wounded and their families.                            and Rangers.
on terror.                                                                                                        Every summer during the peak months of ac-
      Although you may not be wearing a uni-            Operations:                                            tivity in the North, Canada Command launches
form today, the very fact that you are here to             Let’s talk about what all this means.               a series of sovereignty operations in support of
day demonstrates that you are still serving. We           This is a very busy time for the Canadian Forc-      other Departments with folks operating in the
thank you for your sense of duty to Canada and          es – we’re engaged in many operations both at          North. Ships, aircraft, companies of soldiers,
the CF and thank your families for the sacrifices       home and abroad. Operations are our business,          and Rangers, work together to patrol our vast
they made to allow you to serve.                        our primary output. I like to say, the Canadian        spaces and test themselves against different
   I’d also like to remark that our future is bright.   Forces is Canada’s most valued insurance policy.       emergency scenarios.
When I see the young soldiers, NCO and junior           Defending Canada and North America                         The Rangers are a remarkable force. They

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number about 4500 folks and many of them are         and women are deployed under the United Na-               We met the requirements of the Parliamen-
community leaders and elders. Just a few weeks       tions flag in places like Sudan, Congo, Cyprus,      tary vote with the addition of the infantry Bat-
ago, the Governor General recognized Ollie It-       the Middle East and Haiti. Other deployments         talion and Chinook helicopters with the strong
tinuar with the Order of Military Merit. He’s 88     continue with Kosovo, Sierra Leone and MFO           support of our US allies. 2/2 infantry is de-
years old, the oldest member of the CF, and he       Egypt.                                               ployed alongside our Battle Group of 3 RCR.
became a Ranger at the ripe age of 60.                    Last summer, Commodore Bob Davidson             (Ironic that the battalion’s first battle honour
    Ollie and his peers patrol in their respective   commanded a multi-national naval task group          was War of 1812 – Battle of Queenston Heights
region, act as the first responders to ground        in the Gulf Region designated Combined Task          (Oct 13, 1812)
search and rescue and instruct village youth in      Force 150 with a mission to conduct maritime            Six Chinook helicopters are hauling cargo and
traditional ways as part of the Junior Ranger        security operations as part of international ef-     hundreds of Canadian, Afghan and Allied per-
program.                                             forts to counter terrorism. His sailors did an       sonnel. The Heron UAV and Griffin helicopters
   Further South, we are exactly one year away       outstanding job interdicting small coastal vessels   are all having a significant impact in improving
from the Olympics. The CF is also preparing to       from transferring drugs, weapons between             operational performance of the Task Force.
support the RCMP in their mission to secure the      countries and smuggling people.                        The mission has transformed from one focused
Games.                                                  We then assigned HMCS Ville de Quebec to          predominantly on security to one that is truly
     We have formed a Joint Task Force under         escort United nations sponsored, World Food          focused supporting the Afghan Government to
the command of Rear Admiral Ty Pile to sup-          Program ships delivering life saving supplies        take ownership of their country.
port Assistant Commissioner Bud Mercer of the        to Somalia. With every ship safely escorted,              The Canadian Government established six
RCMP who has the lead to provide security for        36,000 tons of food got to the people, enough        priorities providing us with guidance:
the Games.                                           food for 400,000 people for 6 months.                   • Building Afghan National Police and Army
   Two weeks ago we supported the RCMP and              With us today from the Ville de Quebec are        capacity,
other Departments in a live exercise that was        Master Seaman Nathan Haddon and his wife                • Humanitarian assistance
invaluable in developing our collaborative pro-      Lisa.                                                   • Provision of basic services through develop-
cedures. We are going through lessons learned           As second in command of a boarding party,         ment
and adapting as we work with safety, security        Master Seaman Haddon was awarded a Com-                 • Building Governance institutions
and Games organizers.                                mander’s Commendation for his exceptional               • Enhancing Border security
     I applaud focus on yesterday’s seminar on       leadership. In extreme heat and under great             • Assisting the Afghan Government in recon-
CAN US relationship. It is fundamental to our        pressure, he led his team in independent opera-      ciliation.
domestic, continental and international mis-         tions aboard several merchant vessels. The ex-            The CF has the lead in building Afghan se-
sions. I remember receiving support from the         ceptional junior leaders like Nathan inspire us      curity force capacity and enables the success
US during the Ice Storm and Manitoba Floods.         all.                                                 of the Other Government Departments in the
As well we have supported them in the after-                                                              other priorities. But the essential requirement
math of Hurricane Katrina and in advance of                                                               to achieve these priorities is security that men in
Hurricane Gustav.                                                                                         uniform with our Afghan partners provide.
        Under the cooperative agreement of                                                                    A stable and secure Afghanistan strengthens
NORAD, Canada Command coordinates our                                                                     international security – and by extension, Cana-
Navy to provide maritime warning to our coast-                                                            da’s security. Canadian security begins 10,000
al approaches while Air Force CF-18s secure our                                                           km away where ungoverned areas become fer-
airspace. We are intercepting any aircraft that                                                           tile ground for terrorist training camps whose
approaches our continent without having filed                                                             sole purpose is to export terror.
a flight plan.                                                                                               Again, we are projecting leadership abroad.
   We are working closely in continental defence.                                                         Until last November, a Canadian general officer
You may have seen that our Aurora Aircraft                                                                had command of Regional Command South
from Comox deployed to the South East Pacific              CDS Gen Walter Natynczyk                       for nine months. MGen Marc Lessard most ably
and participated with the US Coast Guard in                                                               led the multinational forces in Southern Afghan-
counter-drug operations. Together they detec-        Afghanistan                                          istan. He will assume command of CEFCOM
tion and arrested of a semi-submersible drug             Afghanistan is the most difficult, complex,      in May.
running boat with 7 tonnes of drugs! (Where are      dangerous and costly operation since the Kore-           General Lessard and his force of Canadians
those Edm Mall subs?). The HMCS Montreal is          an War. The mission has defined the CF in this       exemplified what we do best abroad to meet our
returning from a similar operation in the Carib-     decade and with the experience of our young          international commitments with honour, to pro-
bean after having supported the Coast Guard in       veterans will for decades to come.                   vide leadership and to contribute to peace.
another take-down of a drug boat carrying half          Our forces are there participating in a NATO-         And the Governor General and I just wel-
a ton of cocaine.                                    led, UN-sanctioned mission at the request of the     comed home BGen Dennis Thompson and his
     Last year, NORAD has reached its 50 An-         elected government of Afghanistan.                   HQ team this Monday afternoon from theatre
niversary of service to Canada and the US. We           There is no doubt that the conflict in Afghani-   - another great leader who earned the trust and
are most fortunate to have Gen Gene Renuart,         stan is part of a region in turmoil. We certainly    confidence from our NATO allies.
Commander of NORAD here with us.                     focus on the central role and importance of                Our military is serving there as part of a
     He is a US Air Force officer but he has a       Pakistan plays in supporting NATO’s mission in       whole-of-government mission that involves not
special place in his heart for Canada; his grand-    Afghanistan. But as the terrible Mumbai attacks      only military personnel but also diplomats, aid
parents are from the Winnipeg area.                  proved, this tensions and conflict have a broader    workers and police.
                                                     regional context.                                        As the Army’s latest draft on Counter Insur-
Operations Overseas                                      The CF mission in Afghanistan has evolved        gency concludes (and I thank all of you in the
   Beyond our borders and our continent, the         significantly since we began in 2002, and espe-      academia and experts who contributed to the ef-
Canadian Forces’ mission is to project Canadian      cially after the recommendations from the in-        fort to write this keystone document): An insur-
Leadership abroad to contribute to internation-      dependent Manley Panel and the Parliament’s          gency is a political problem. The military plays a
al security. We currently have troops engaged        mandate extension to 2011.                           largely supporting role. Therefore the main ef-
in 16 operations around the world. Our men                                                                fort is Governance, not security. The real need

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of the country is win and hold popular support.       force that places no value on human life (blow-       what they needed to protect themselves or the
    Therefore the main effort is developing a re-     ing up innocent civilians, targeting schools, and     Afghans.
sponsible Government that is respected through        humanitarian aid workers and throwing acid on            A significant investment was required on short
fair elections. These are currently planned for       school age girls).                                    order to enhance the protection of our troops.
20 August and credible institutions that protect           With us today is WO Stephane Grenier, a          And now our soldiers are confident in their kit.
the rights of its citizens.                           Van Doo with the 3rd Battalion. He has already           I mentioned the helicopters, but the Leopard
    The voter registration is ongoing now. Thus       served in 5 missions abroad, namely Cyprus,           tanks, armoured heavy trucks, artillery, personal
far it has been very successful as about 4.3 mil-     Somalia, Haiti and twice in Afghanistan. He           equipment and radios have all made a huge dif-
lion Afghans. They have overcome Taliban in-          returned from Afghanistan last year where he          ference to our troops.
timidation and threats to exercise their right to     served as a section commander and was recently           They are confident in their kit and know that
a vote.                                               decorated with the Medal of Military Valour .         they are well supported by the nation for this dif-
    Governance is needed federally, provincially          Warrant Officer Grenier, then a Sgt distin-       ficult mission. And they are proud!
and right down to the districts and communities.      guished himself by his valiant conduct under             Veterans from this operational experience are
Through these institutions there will be hope for     intense fire, when his section was ambushed, he       seeing the “new normal” of complex, multina-
self-sustainment, economic development, jobs          selflessly exposed himself to great peril when he     tional, operations in dangerous, rapidly chang-
and a brighter future.                                engaged the enemy to rescue and evacuate two          ing parts of the world.
     What has been so difficult these past three      wounded soldiers, pulling one with one hand              However, the Parliamentary Vote by the Gov-
years is that Canadians military and civilians are    all the while returning fire with the other hand      ernment of Canada decided that the military
operating in one of the most difficult regions in     and coordinating the tactical withdrawal of his       mission in Afghanistan will end in summer of
the country. Quite simply the South and East of       troops. His immediate actions contributed to          2011. Governance, development and recon-
the country are the most violent, and violence        saving numerous lives.                                struction may continue, but the military mission
increased significantly over the past year. Af-          His wife Nadia and daughter Heidy could not        will come to an end. The CF is conducting plan-
ghan’s perception of confidence of their security     be here today, but they are extremely supportive      ning with our allies to ensure that our security
has deteriorated.                                     and proud of his work. Ladies and Gentlemen,          responsibilities will transition effectively.
    2008 was a difficult year right through Janu-     this is a Canadian hero and a true example of           But our focus remains on enabling the Afghans
ary with our troops assisting the Afghans Police      leadership for our NCOs.                              as much as we can in the next two and a half
and military to train and secure the countryside         Our troops are seeing mixed results. We make       years that remain. Our soldiers are focused on
at the same time. Security has not improved as        progress training police and guards and assign        the troop rotations that have yet to occur and
the insurgents operated from sanctuaries outside      them Kandahar to protect, but the Taliban are         they want to continue to make a difference.
the borders. Their attacks were more sophisti-        still able to penetrate the defences, and make        When the CF withdraws from Afghanistan in
cated.                                                spectacular attacks.                                  2011, I have no doubt that our services will be
   They launched successful attacks on the Kan-          And credit goes equally to the RCMP, DFAIT         called upon in troubled regions elsewhere as the
dahar prison, a Kabul hotel and embassy and           and CIDA. Their folks are deployed alongside          Government chooses.
numerous high level assignations and kidnap-          our troops, leading the way to assist the new
pings. Our brave soldiers, sailors and airmen         Governor and district leaders in Kandahar to          Canada First Defence Strategy (CFDS)
stood their ground and supported the Afghan           build a credible administration. CIDA is focused         And my priority as your CDS is to modern-
Army and Police to counter the violence.              on restoring the Dahla Dam which is vital to          ize, transform and grow the force to be ready for
   Your troops are performing very well with the      Afghans. When it comes on line, the irrigation        these operations. We’ve made some progress by
Afghans to clear insurgents allowing for devel-       system will provide for alternate crops, improve      acquiring the C-17 and Leopard II tanks which
opment and for district leaders to regain control.    farming and create more jobs. They have built         have already saved many lives in Afghanistan.
But Afghan Police are unable to hold the ground       22 of 50 schools and are making great strides in      We will receive C130J transport aircraft in the
and Taliban easily infiltrate back in through the     eradicating polio.                                    next few years.
heavy foliage of the countryside. The soldiers          Despite all these hardships, the Afghan people         But it is a difficult trend to reverse rust-out.
say that it’s like a game of whack-a-mole at the      are resilient. Afghans are showing up for work        After so many years of financial reductions and
EX.                                                   to support these development projects despite         boom to bust cycle in the defence industry sec-
     Quite simply there aren’t enough troops to       the intimidation of night letters.                    tor, it is hard to ramp up our procurement staffs
secure the entire country, which is the size of          We are helping them by placing greater em-         and re-ignite the industrial complex to rebuild
Manitoba! The reinforcement by the US forces          phasis on building the capacities of the Afghan       the CF.
will be most welcome to hold the gains and sup-       National Security Forces. Today our young                And, we need the support of Industry to
port the Afghan Security Forces. A civilian surge     officers and NCOs are mentoring five Afghan           achieve our goals. In the near term, shipbuild-
is also required by NATO partners to build in-        army battalions and a brigade headquarters in         ing concerns me the most. We have proven that
stitutions.                                           Kandahar.                                             we can purchase vehicles and aircraft. But we
   We also need support from organizations such           Afghan officers are now successfully leading      haven’t launched a major warship since the mid-
as the United Nations, NGOs and I0s, organiza-        and conducting complex operations. It takes           nineties.
tions that will help feed, cloth, educate and care    time to develop the competencies of profession-         Shipbuilding requires a long-term commit-
for a very poor population.                           al NCOs and officer Corps in the Afghan Army.         ment. Our shortest time on record to design,
    Yet your troops, DFAIT, CIDA, and RCMP,              A combination of RCMP, several officers from       build and launch a ship is eight years.
serving in theatre are making headway in sev-         Ottawa, military police and soldiers are mentor-        With the CFDS, the CF has a twenty-year plan
eral of the six priorities despite the volatile se-   ing an estimated 200 Afghan Police in the Kan-        to build over 25 ships, but we need to start build-
curity situation.                                     dahar region and in the effort to professionalize     ing right now. The AORs are 40 years old and
    So if you talk to Canadian troops who are         their skills.                                         the Destroyers only a couple years younger. JSS
there or who’ve been there, they’ll tell you how        Much has been made of the cost of the opera-        and the Canadian Surface combatant are proj-
proud they are of what they’re accomplishing.         tion. The true cost is the loss of lives of our ex-   ects that the Navy needs today. We are looking
   Your soldiers from private to general, describe    traordinary Canadian service men and women.           for ways to accelerate these programs.
tangible signs of progress in training Afghan Po-     They are our national treasure. The financial            Secondly, our combat vehicles are getting
lice and Army. They will tell you that progress       bill of this mission was steep because we allowed     banged about in Afghanistan. I’m sure LGen
is difficult especially when one is combating a       the force to become hollow. The CF didn’t have        Leslie will have more to say about wear and tear
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on the Army fleet later today.                        Force in the near future.                            comes to retirement, we expect like most of you
  We have repaired what we can, but we will             I am proud of the work of our Reservists and       that it will be a family decision. That is why my
need to advance on the CFDS plan for the Fu-          they should expect no less than the same level of    leadership team is placing a significant emphasis
ture Family of combat vehicles to enable the          care for their service.                              on addressing the dis-satisfiers to family’s qual-
army’s agility in the post 2011 timeframe.                                                                 ity of life.
  Air programmes deserving keen attention are         Recruiting                                                Our men and women in uniform couldn’t
the Fixed Wing Search and Rescue, the Next               I need to hire 6,000 reservists and 8,000 Reg     do their job if it wasn’t for the support of our
Generation of Fighter Capability and the Multi-       Force each year to grow by 1,000. We are look-       families. Yet our families have five areas of real
Mission aircraft to replace the Aurora.               ing for Canadians who want a career with ad-         difficulty:
  The real magic about CFDS is that we can            venture. Last year retirements came in faster          -childcare,
actually plan on these recapitalization projects      than we expected so we didn’t reach our growth         -affordable and decent housing,
with the policy endorsement by Government.            goal. (628 for FY 07/08) But this year, we are         -access to a family doctor, 40% don’t have one
The real challenge is getting to contract signing     attempting to overachieve.                             -education standards for military children (1 in
and having the first of kind built while main-           Attrition rose from 6.5% in 2006 to 9.1%          8 military children have special
taining the old hardware. We are still repairing      in January this year. Compared to our allies         needs) and,
Sea Kings while awaiting the arrival of the new       though, we are doing all right. Some have attri-       -loss of spousal employment and pensions
Cyclone Helicopter.                                   tion rates in excess of 10% but we are striving to      These are the main reasons for military mem-
                                                      bring our attrition rate back down.                  bers to pack it in early before the end of their
 Transformation                                          We received great new recruits, but many of       full career. I am dedicated to addressing these
   We have come a long way in Transformation          our experienced personnel reached their early        shortcomings in our family support and force
in a short period of time. Transformation has         retirement windows and are opting for other ca-      retention efforts.
provided us with a new structure that has proven      reers. Unlike many of you I must grow my own            This year we rolled out the Family Covenant.
effective and able to deliver.                                                                             It is our pledge to support families and make
  We also need to continually adapt our culture,                                                           them our priority.
doctrine, training and structures to adjust to the                                                            Their strength and flexibility through deploy-
world’s new realities. Our folks at the front are                                                          ments and postings and training help make our
continually changing their tactics techniques                                                              military successes possible.
and procedures to counter their foe. We too                                                                    Through our combat experience in Afghani-
need to change strategically to enable their suc-                                                          stan and despite our best efforts to protect our
cess. The culture of learning, agility and need                                                            personnel, we have taken losses—lives were lost
to fight complacency are essential in a profes-                                                            and able soldiers wounded.
sional force.                                                                                                 We grieve for every one of our fallen and for
                                                                                                           their families. I appreciate the huge support Ca-
People                                                                                                     nadians have provided the families of our fallen
    Let me turn to the most treasured resource                                                             comrades so that they know that Canada recog-
– People! The CF has gained a vast amount of                                                               nizes and appreciates their sacrifice.
experience over a short period.                                                                               We have changed many policies to ensure that
   But some folks, especially Senior NCOs and                                                              families of the fallen are treated with respect
officers are getting tired with repeat tours and                                                           and dignity. We do the same for those soldiers,
deployments. We are working at solutions to                                                                sailors, airmen and women who are injured
temper their operational tempo and at the same                                                             and wounded on operations. From the moment
time grow the force.                                                                                       they are wounded they receive the best possible
    We are hiring exceptional Canadians and               CDS Gen Walter Natynczyk                         medical care.
making every effort to grow the force through                                                                 It starts on the battlefield with medics and sol-
rapid recruiting and training. The growth of the      leaders. I can’t hire them through want ads or       diers who are specially trained in combat first
CF is my greatest challenge right now.                head hunters.                                        aid and then someone like our own doctors,
    Reservists are filling an essential role in our        In fact, Industry is hiring my early retirees   Major Sandra West takes over when they arrive
military more today than ever before. This is         because of the great leaders that they are! What     in the Kandahar Multinational Hospital. Major
the new normal—they are flying Griffon heli-          I have said to them however is that if their new     West played a key leadership role as the Officer
copters, manning Maritime Coastal Vessels such        careers don’t work out for them, I would be          Commanding an international team of doctors,
as HMCS Shawinigan up in Iqaliut last Sum-            pleased to welcome them back into the Force as       nurses, and technicians.
mer and we’ve got gunners such as MBdr Mike           long as they remain fit.                                 She directed life saving treatment for Cana-
Garbuio soldiering in Afghanistan on the M777             I am sending a message to those who have         dian soldiers and Allied soldiers, police officers,
artillery gun.                                        retired recently. If they want back in-- within 5    Afghan soldiers, civilians and children following
   MBdr Garbuio plse stand up. He’s a reserv-         years, we’ll expedite their re-enrolment. I want     numerous IED strikes.
ist from 30th Field Regiment here in Ottawa           them back in serving within 30 days.                     She is now working here in Ottawa as our
(LGen Leslie’s first Regt). He began his career          We have also made efforts to streamline the       Base Surgeon where she is coordinating contin-
in the Reserves as a medic, but later traded in his   training pipeline to accelerate candidates in key    ued medical treatment for our wounded war-
stretcher for the guns.                               trades such as pilot and many technical trades in    riors. Sandra, THANK YOU. Thanks to your
  In the fall of 2006, he worked around the clock     all the services.                                    husband Bruce who was a former JAG officer
on the guns of E Battery, 2 Horse, supporting             Retention is an area that we need to focus       and to your children Laura and Lisa.
the full spectrum of operations in the Panjwayi       more attention. To replace a senior NCO or                Ladies and Gentlemen this is the Military
District during Op MEDUSA. This operation             officer with 20 years of experience, it takes 20     Family who embody service and duty!
was a major turning point for Canadians in Af-        years!                                                       In terms of care and treatment of our
ghanistan.                                              Each and every one of our personnel made an        wounded, we are better than we were, but we
   MBdr Garbuio is a credit to his leadership and     individual decision to join the CF, but when it      have learned a tremendous amount of hard les-
his training and aspires to join the Ottawa Police                                                         sons over the past few years.
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    Nous soutiendrons nos combattants blessés.        soldiers is a top priority and includes making       on your car, donating to the Military Families
Nous les aiderons à retourner au travail. Nous        mental health services a priority. Services that     Fund, volunteering at a MFRC, sending letters,
leur donnerons une nouvelle mission – leur mis-       also provide supportive care for the military        thanking military members when you see them
sion est de guérir, de se rétablir et de conserver    family’s well-being.                                 in uniform.
ce lien avec leurs unités.                                                                                    And please encourage folks – folks who want
    We will support our wounded warriors. We          Conclusion                                           to learn, to serve, to lead, to innovate, people
will help them get back to work. We will give            The decline in our capability occurred over       who want a career with adventure, want the
them a new mission – their mission is to heal,        several decades. To rebuild will also take many      pride of wearing “Canada” on their shoulder
to get well, and to keep that connection to their     years.                                               – to give us a look, to get physically fit and to
units.                                                    Ladies and gentlemen, you have one of the        join us and ensure that Canada is secure for the
  We will also ensure that our wounded warriors       finest military forces in the world. We in uniform   future.
will have options to remain in the forces if they     are committed, professional and a determined           As you leave from here today please remember
become fit again and to assist them with Veter-       military. We are only starting the journey to        those Canadians in harms way today, they are
ans Affairs Canada for additional education, job      emerge from a difficult period of under fund-        on the high seas with HMCS Winnipeg cross-
placement when they wish to transition to civil-      ing and over tasking, but we have a plan and         ing the Pacific, in a CF-18 patrolling at 40,000
ian life. Thanks to many of you for the support       the resources to grow, modernize and transform       feet above the Arctic Ocean or on foot patrol
in providing career options to these wounded          our ability to react to security challenges of the   in Kandahar. In your own way and tradition,
warriors.                                             future.                                              please remember them and their families and
    We need to ensure for the care of our Post           We’ll need your continuing support to rebuild     the sacrifices that they make for Canada.
Traumatic Stress Injuries. They are complex in-       the CF. I would ask that you think of your forces      Thank you for your attention. I am proud to
juries and I encourage our members to open up         and the important job they do for Canadians.         be your CDS.
when they know something is going wrong.              Please show your support in ways big and small:
   I cannot overstate that Care for ill and injured   attending a Red Rally, a Yellow Ribbon sticker

                    EXERCISE HASTY SHOOTER

                       CFB Kingston                                     18-20 September 2009

                                    Photos (Clockwise from left): Pte Logan Murphy, Cpl Capen
                                       Petersdon, Cpl Matt Fagan and Cpl Daniel Fanning,
                                              Cpl Shawn Hoselton.            Photos by Sgt Les Wazny

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                           Repats BBQ
                               Welcome Home
                                20 June 2009

                                                                                        Cory Sanders, Blair Empey, Ben Huddleston, Nick Cook,
                                                                                                    Bill Widger, Andrew Langstaff

     Woody Reid and Mike Evans
                                               Steve Rankin, Don Hulan, Steve
                                                   Fujimura and son Tosh

                                                                                                                          Ian Kyle,       John Geen
                                                                                       Rod McNeil, Vinc Hickey

Bonnie & Robt Wigmore, Paul & Pat

                                                                                                                          Robt Wigmore,
                                                                                      Cathy Aleman & Ryan Kerr                     Larry Shoebridge
                                             Tim Aleman, Tom Whitehead

Mike Coyle (receiving a humourous
presentation from, Stuart Evans and
Blair Empey.

                                           Ken Willcocks, JohnSherry, Geo Inrig
                                                                                     Rod McNeil, Mark Howard, Tim
                                                                                     Aleman. Standing: Jeff Tippett.                  Alan Found

Pat Woods, David Panepinto, Nick Butler.
                                           Ricky Thompson, Ian Kyle.
                                                                                      Kyle Tobin,   Luke Hollinger,    Johana Snider and friend

 Luke Hollinger, Sam Ciufo,
                          Mike Coyle         Bruce Nickson,       John Inrig         Ben Huddleston, Dan Williams, Allan Roberts

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Friendly (AntiAircraft) Fire - Italy 1944
      Colonel Cy Yarnell, a Belleville resident, is a   was good shooting, but a bad target. Cy claims the
retired RCAF/CF pilot who flew Spitfires during         army was taught to engage enemy aircraft by simply
the Italian campaign. One of three RCAF pilots          firing their weapons upward in hopes of hitting one.
in a mixed Commonwealth unit, his 601 RAF               In reality enemy aircraft were not usually fired on as
Squadron would fly over our lines from their air-       that gave away our positions.
field at Termoli northwestward about 60 Km to a            Early January 1944 had good flying weather. The
“Bombline Patrol Ortona”. They flew at high lev-        Hastings & Prince Edward Regiment’s War Diary
els searching for enemy convoys or trains, bomb         generally states it was fair by day but cold by night.
them, then return to base at very low level. The        The Regiment at that time was in a defensive po-
Mark VIII Spitfire was armed with two .303 ma-          sition in the San Nicola - San Tomasso area. The
chine guns and two 20mm cannons; it carried one         only diary entry mentioning air activity in that pe-
500 pound and two 250 pound bombs.                      riod was on 16 January: “Allied aircraft bombed
      Below is a section from Cy’s logbook. In his      and straffed enemy installations on the
9 - 16 Jan 1944 entries he notes on the right side:     south side of the Arielli River today.”
“On several flights we would return across                  Cy was guest speaker at the Remembrance Day
army battlefront ‘on the deck’ - under 100’.            Dinner in 2007 and remarked that he knew the bul-
Our Army guys - not knowing we were                     let holes in his aircraft were by Canadian troops
friendly just fired their weapons ‘UP’. I got           because each hole had “Made in Canada” around it!
hit several times - wings, tail, etc. They              Bob Wigmore in his thanking Col Yarnell for his talk
owe me a beer or 2! We were briefed they                told him that IF the Hasty Ps had put the holes in
                                                                                                                      Flight Lieutenant Cy Yarnell
were Canadian Army (Hastings & Pr Ed-                   his aircraft they would have had “Compliments of the
ward Regiment)”.                                        Hasty Ps” around them, and also that he wouldn’t
                                                                                                                 Italy, 14 March 1944, Age 23, just back from a
     It would have been very difficult to hit a Spit-   be here now talking to us!                                        trip over the Anzio Beachhead
fire flying less than 100 feet above the ground at           There’s no record if Cy ever got his one or two      Note the missing rear view mirror (above the
up to 400 mph (350 Kts) and if it was our guys it       beers!                                                       windscreen) he discovered after landing.

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                                                                                         Above: Spitfire Mark VIII
                                                                                            (a soldier’s view).
                                                                                         Below: Mark VIII Spitfire

Canadian Winter Line in January 1944 lay from the Adriatic
coast along the south side of the Riccio River and the east side
                    of its western tributary.

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    My Time in Hospital                                               tol at them. They stopped and
                                                                      Fox showed his arm band and
                                                                      his RSM rank badge but the cor-
                                                                                                            you wish to call it. Our stretchers were loaded
                                                                                                            two high and the length of the aircraft. We were
                                                                                                            quite comfortable and cared for by an American
                  by Ray Playfair                                     poral would have none of it. Fox      army nurse. I remember one of the patients ask-
                                                                      said to the crew “any of you have     ing the nurse, what would we do if we had to
 In San Maria Di Scacciano ‘B’ Company had            any cigarettes”, some one handed him a pack-          crash-land this aircraft. She replied that would
attacked at first light with some progress into the   age. Fox gave it to the German and he let them        be no problem, the compartment at the back of
town; The Germans (1st Paratroop Div) coun-           through.                                              the aircraft is full of parachutes; she looked at
ter attacked and pushed our company back to             Just before the half-track arrived a shell landed   me and winked. I thought this was a good joke
the edge of the town. We called for tank support      close to us and the one German medical officer        until I thought how in hell could I jump out of
and eventually; three British Sherman’s arrived       that was tending our wounded was hit and his          a plane with a splint on my leg. Some fun, for
on the outskirts of the town. Unfortunately one       last words were “ Sorry I can not help you any        my first flight in an aircraft. It was a good flight
of them turned onto the road but dropped one          more” and he died.                                    because we flew right over Rome and down the
track into a ditch on the edge of the road and           RSM Fox arrived and proceeded to load our          Liri valley and landed at Naples.
fell over on its side. The present of the tanks       wounded like cord wood in the back of the                There were two military hospitals in Caserta,
made the Germans pull back, which allowed             ambulance and off to the aid station. One of          the 1st British and the 14th Canadian. As they
us to attack again. We formed two sections and        the wounded was the gunner that fired the two         were both very busy with patients coming down
proceeded up the road into town. For some rea-        shells into our house, I told him that I was not      from the North, each would receive patients ev-
son the remaining two tanks did not move for-         happy about what he had done, or maybe I did          ery other day. On my day it was the turn of the
ward with us, which they should have done. The        use other words to indicate my displeasure.           British. This is why I was sent to the 1st British
Germans were in good positions and proceeded          During this period I was in and out of con-           hospital.
to cause many casualties amongst our relatively       sciousness, I do not know whether it was the            I was placed in the intensive care section, very
small attacking force. We moved into one house        result of the explosion or lack of sleep. We had      good nursing and lots of hand holding. This
for better protection, which made them come           only slept for maybe four hours in the last three     hospital had been in Egypt at the outbreak of
to us. In this way we had the protection of the       days. I do not remember going through the Aid         the war and had been all through the North Af-
house and were able to fight back and made            station, but I imagine that they gave me a shot       rican campaign, so they knew their stuff.
them pay severely for their effort. A couple of       of some thing.                                           The nurse I had, was an older woman (in her
them got around us and proceeded, with the use           I eventually arrived at the !st Canadian Gen-      thirties) and was a very kind lady. After I had
of a Faustpatron, to blow the track off one of        eral Field Hospital at that time located in An-       been there a few days she came up to my bed
the remaining tanks.                                  cona. They told me, later, that they had over a       and said, “Looking at your chart it indicates that
    During this time is when the wounded Ger-         thousand casualties in the last 10 days. This of      your dressing should be changed in the operat-
man stretcher-bearer staggered into our house.        course placed me on the waiting list, as there        ing room. They are well occupied so I am going
I patched him up and sent him back to his own         were many more serious cases that required im-        to take a look”. She proceeded to remove the
line (as he was a non combatant).                     mediate attention. If I remember it took them         bandages, as she removed the last of the ban-
Shortly after this, the crew of our third tank saw    more than four days to get around to me. Un-          dage, the dressing and the lower part of my left
Germans around our house and (as the gunner           fortunately by that time my wound had become          thigh fell away from my leg. “Oh my God”, she
indicated later) fired their last two high explo-     infected with gangrene.                               yelled, and quickly bandaged it up again. The
sive rounds into the house. The two explosions        When I woke from the anesthetic, after the op-        next morning I was sent to the operating room
killed Cpl Cork, wounded me and incapacitated         eration, I found myself in a room with six pa-        for the start of the mending process.
Cpl. McGowan and the others long enough for           tients; there were soldiers from Greece, Poland,        I woke up in the same bed, still with the Thom-
the Germans to get into and take control of the       New Zealand, England and me the Canadian.             as splint on my leg, which restricted me to lie on
house.                                                I cannot remember the sixth. A sorry looking          my back. However clean dressings on my leg. I
    At this point there was a halt in the fighting    bunch.                                                was lucky in the fact that I did not have any re-
while the Germans went about picking up the              I was lying on my back with a Thomas splint        action to the anesthetic. A lot of the fellows were
wounded soldiers, theirs and ours. They placed        on my left leg. All in all I felt quite comfortable   quite sick after a visit to the operating room.
our wounded back close to the location of the         and while trying to gather my thoughts I noticed          Life in the hospital was quite normal, very
tanks and brought up their medical personnel          a short stocky man standing next to my bed. He        busy in the morning and very quiet in the af-
to attend to their needs. At this point the last      looked like a butcher, he was wearing a white         ternoon, then a little noisy in the evening. Each
tank started firing its hull machine gun. Two of      tee shirt and pants, and over this he had an          morning you would get a bowl of warm water to
the Germans ran and climbed up onto the tank,         apron that was covered in blood. “How are you         wash and shave with, however after a few days
lifted the hatch and dropped a grenade into it.       feeling?” he said. I replied that I felt all right.   my nurse came over to me and said, “I think you
The machine gun stopped firing.                       “Good” he said “I was the one that operated on        should have a bit of a wash down”. She then
At this time, unbeknown to us RSM Fox had             your leg; I took this out of your leg and thought     proceeded to strip down the bed and give me a
heard of our problem and had rushed over to           you might like it”. He then handed me a piece         bed bath. After she done her part she turned to
the tank harbouring and asked them to lend us         of the butt-end of a 75 mm shell that weighed         the orderly and said “I have washed down as far
one of their half-track ambulances to pick up         about four ounces. He went on to say that we          as possible and up as far as possible now if you
the wounded. They agreed but said they would          were going to take the leg off but we did not         wash possible we will be finished for the morn-
send their own crew. RSM Fox said all right           have the time. We will have to see if it will heal    ing”.
but I am going with them. Fine said the Brit-         itself, good luck my boy, and walked out of the          The food was good, all very English and al-
ish but drop your weapons and put on this Red         room. His little talk made me feel warm all over.     ways with a dessert which was nice. Lots of milk
Cross armband. He did as he was told, then he             A few days later the nurse came to me and         puddings, however they did not always have rice
found out that there was no room in the cab.          said we will be moving you tomorrow, down to          etc. so they used pasta, not bad but different. As
He jumped onto the running board with his arm         Caserta, to one of the hospitals there, we need       well every other day they handed out cigarettes,
through the window and yelled, “lets go”.             the room here.                                        a round can of fifty, I did not smoke but I took
   They ran across fields with Fox hanging on for         The next morning about twenty of us were          them anyway.
dear life and then onto a road only to be stopped     driven over to a small airport and there sat an          They would be good for gifts or barter. Un-
by a German Corporal waving a machine pis-            American DC3, or C47 or Dakota, which ever            fortunately I did use a cigarette while using the
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bedpan. This is what started a lifetime of smok-       every seen a person sleep with his eyes open.           because when I got out to the parking lot I found
ing.                                                       There was another fellow from the Scots             that my transport had left. I asked around and
   Each week it was back to the operating room         Guards. He had been in the fighting in North            found another vehicle going to Caserta and got
to check out how things were getting on and            Africa and had a poem that he repeated at               a ride. They let me off in the town and I had a
each time they gave me the same knock out pro-         length each day...                                      fair walk to the hospital. On the way I was walk-
cedure. Then they said things are looking good              We will always remember the 3rd of September,      ing on the road because there were no sidewalks,
but we have to do some skin grafting. This was              The morning that broke cold and clear              as I walked along a truck came towards me, so
not bad but they removed the skin from my rear              As the highlanders rose from their deep repose,    I moved over to let him pass but unfortunately I
end to use it far the graft. As I stated before, the        they were shelled from the front flank and rear    moved over too far and fell into the ditch. I ar-
splint on my leg confined me to lie on my back,             The Ities should know for they were the foe,       rived back at the hospital covered in mud. The
with the skin removed from my rear end, made                 a Scotsman you canny say canny.                   nurse on duty was not very happy. Oh well! I
lying in bed quite uncomfortable.                           For on that fateful day the Scots held the sway,   had a good evening.
   Sometime around the end of October, it was               As they stormed into Sidi Barani.                       Early in December the Matron came into
after lunch and I was half asleep, when I felt             One day in the middle of November, I was            the ward and said “I have something to tell you,
someone standing beside my bed. I opened my            lying on my bed and this very tall man came             there are five hospital ships that will be sailing
eyes and there was an officer in full walking out      walking up to the bed and said “Hello there”. I         back to England this month, and every attempt
attire. My thoughts were what would he want? I         looked up and it was Ted Jones (my uncle). My           will be made to get you back before Xmas. To say
looked again and oh my God it was (my brother)         reply was “What in hell are you doing here?”            the least there was great joy amongst the twenty
Arthur. I had no idea that he was in Italy. The        He told me that his antiaircraft battery had            some odd in our ward and a similar amount
nurse brought him a chair and we talked for the        been located around Taranto harbour ever                in the ward next to ours. A few days later she
longest time.                                          since they had landed in Italy, but now there           walked in and read out a number of names and
   It was only then that he told me after he was       was little chance of enemy air attack in that           saying you fellows listed will be leaving tomor-
commissioned in Syria he was posted to the             area, their units had been disbanded and all the        row. Every couple of days we went through the
Welsh Regiment and the unit was sent to Italy.         lower ranks had been sent to reinforce the in-          same routine until the groups for the first four
He was fighting in the Gothic Line, close to           fantry. However there were about two thousand           ships had sailed. We that were left were a little
Caroci, a town just about five miles from San          soldiers in a camp north of Naples holding the          sad because we did not feel that there was any
Maria Di Scacciano where I was. Arthur had             rank of sergeant and above, which the infantry          chance of getting home for Christmas. However
been leading his platoon and came under heavy          units did not want. Ted was a little concerned          on the 16th of December the matron walked
fire from German artillery. Shell fragments had        that this might change at any time. As indicated        in and our names were called. The next morn-
wounded him, and while being taken out of              previously Ted always felt that he was too tall for     ing we said our goodbyes and climbed onto our
the line by ambulance, he wounded again by a           the infantry. We had a good and long talk. He           transport and off to Naples harbour.
shell that hit the ambulance. This all happened        must have asked me many times what it was like             We boarded a Dutch ship named the SS Or-
on the same day that I was wounded and as far          fighting in the infantry. I did not know how to         ange. Its original work was to sail from Holland
as we could make out, within an hour of each           answer because he had been in the army from             to the Dutch East Indies. It had been converted
other.                                                 the very beginning and had done his part in the         into a hospital ship. Its officers were all Dutch
    We thought it must have been very hard on          Battle of Britain etc. I had always looked up to        but the crew was all from the Far East.
our Mother because she most likely received no-        him, and now he was asking me. I told him it               The accommodation was very good; we had
tification of our being wounded about the same         was a piece of cake and left it at that. He was         cabins with two or three occupants. Meals were
time.                                                  always a great fellow.                                  in the main dining room. Our first meal was
    Arthur had been sent to a hospital in Bar-            Toward the end of November I was asked if I          lunch and the Captain stood up and welcomed
ri, which is located on the East coast of Italy.       would like to go to the opera, my reply was yes,        us and said I feel that you fellows would like to
Once his wounds had healed and was in conva-           anything to get away from these four walls. So          get back to England for Christmas. The answer
lescence, and had heard, by letter from home,          late one afternoon, we had transportation over          was “Yes please sir”. Or words to that effect.
where I was, he asked for leave and got a ride         to Naples.                                                  He replied that he would see what he could
across Italy to visit me.                                 The Americans had refitted the La Scala Op-          do. After lunch we cast off and sailed out of the
   The hospital gave him sleeping accommoda-           era House and were going to perform the opera           harbour and passed the Isle of Capri. At that
tion for the night. He came around again in            La Gioconda. The Opera House was very nice              point you could hear the engines of the ship
the morning and stayed about an hour. Then             and the performance was very good. However              get louder and you could feel the stern of the
he had to leave and find a ride back to the East       one part, they had a bit of a problem. There is         ship settle lower in the water and the whole ship
coast. This really was a wonderful time; it was so     one scene where the king (?) was having a party         lurched forward. It was obvious that the cap-
good of him to go to all that trouble. The other       and the stage was set up as a ballroom.                 tain was trying to keep his word. In two days
patients in the ward were very impressed.                 At the back of the stage was a pair of French        we reached Gibraltar, as we entered the harbour
  During the next month I had a couple of more         doors. The King (?) announces that there will           I heard the captain give the order “We will not
trips to the operating room for more grafts and        be some entertainment. With that, the orchestra         dock, have them bring the passengers out to us
when I woke up from the last trip I came back          starts playing, the French doors fly open and out       and we will load them as we turn”. This is what
without the Thomas splint. Boy did it feel good.       comes a ballerina on her tipy toes to start her         was done and we were out of the harbour within
The nurse came over to my bed and whispered            dance. Then all the lights went out. There was          the hour.
in my ear, “Do not say anything but they are           a pause for a few minutes and the lights came                Every chance the officers had, they would
going to send you back to England”, and walked         back on. The cast got back in their places and          have their ears to the radio. As most of the fight-
away. This made me feel quite guilty with the          the King (?) makes the announcement again,              ing was in Holland at that time they were all
thought of not going back to The Regiment.             the music starts, the doors open, the dancer            very concerned.
     As I was now finished with the operating          comes out and the lights went out again. This              We landed at Southampton before noon on
room they moved me to a convalescent ward.             happened three times. It was good for a laugh.          the 22nd of December. I do believe that we
Quite a noisy place. A Scotsman in the next bed        The American generators possibly did not like           reached England before most of the other four
called for his mother all day, “Mummy, Mum-            the music.                                              hospital ships; ours was a very fast ship. As we
my, Mummy” all day and then “Daddy, Daddy,                When the performance finished I took a look          stepped onto the dock we were segregated as to
Daddy” all night. It is the only time that I have      around the building. I must have taken too long         our destination, then onto busses. It was very
                                               The Regiment Journal               21 Plough Jockey, Vol 5 #2
well organized. I asked the bus driver were we      diet”. They took me up to the manor house and     make sure the ward was tidy and the nurse got
were going and he replied Leavesdon. I had no       had me placed in a large bath filled with some    as much help as possible. It was fun and helped
idea where that was. He said just outside Wat-      medication for about an hour. The treatment       to pass the time.
ford; OK, I said, I know that place. We arrived     was successful and I did not have any problems        They had what they called “occupational
in the early evening and got settled in.            after that. However my shaking hands during       therapy”. I did some needlework and produced
   The hospital was a different concept than I      my leave did pass the problem on to other peo-    some three cushion covers. One of my old Mid-
would have imagined, it was constructed on the      ple, a very embarrassing situation. Oh well!      dlesex regimental badge, (they did not have any
grounds of an old estate The manor house was          Our hospital was located right across the road  Canadian patterns) one with MUM on it for my
used for administration offices, QM stores etc.     from a mental institution, which was staffed with Grandmother and I can not remember the third
From the driveway there was a wide concrete         a large number of Irish nurses. The only local    There are just three things that I can remember
walkway down a small hill to a row of six single    entertainment was a Public House about 400        of happenings during this period.
story buildings on each side. These were the        meters down the road, named the White Swan,         One was something I noticed every time I went
wards with one of the buildings being the main      which we named the Dirty Duck. After dinner       through Watford to catch a bus home (which
kitchen. Each of the wards was a rectangular        each night there was a flow of individuals from   was every chance I could get). There were a
shape. As you entered there was an examina-         both facilities all heading to the Dirty Duck. Ev-lot of British paratroopers about. I found out
tion room and nurse’s station on one side and a     ery night was party time.                         that the 1st Paratroop Div. (or what was left of
kitchen on the other, it then opened up into the      It was quite funny because our patients would   them) after they were pulled out of Arnham af-
ward of which there were twenty beds. Then at       hobble down to the Pub with crutches and canes    ter Gen. Montgomery’s Market Garden fiasco,
the far end were the ablution facilities.           and then after a few beers they would walk        were sent back to a location North of Watford
    The meals were supplied in bulk from the        back without any of their support. The hospital   for regrouping and reinforcements. They drove
main kitchen and served in the wards by the pa-     would send a truck up to the pub each week to     around town in their Jeeps and always the per-
tients. There were tables and benches down the      pick up the crutches and canes that had been      son in the passenger seat next to the driver was
center of the ward. For a convalescent facility     left behind. Unfortunately I did not participate  standing up holding the windshield. Why I will
this concept worked very well.                      because at that time I did not drink, and I had   never know. I think they were saying, “Hey look
   The next morning we received clean clothes.      better use for my money but I cannot remember     at me”. They always had a proud look on their
Our dress while in hospital was a white shirt and   what.                                             faces. I feel certain that they were the replace-
blue pants and jacket. We wore our regu-                                                                    ments. However the last time I saw them
lar beret and a regular great coat. Then                                                                    they were not standing in their Jeeps and
in came a doctor with all our documenta-                                                                    they had a very sad expression on their
tion to check us over When my turn came                                                                     faces. It was a few days later that we heard
the doctor looked me over and then said                                                                     that they had been dropped on the Ger-
“I see you live in England so I would think                                                                 man side of the Rhine River.
you would like some leave?”; my reply was                                                                      Another was a wedding that took place
“Yes sir”. “Well we will see what can be                                                                    in the ward of the hospital - a patient, a
done”.                                                                                                      member of the RCMP. The poor fellow
   A half an hour later a sergeant came                                                                     had stepped on a mine and had lost most
in and called my name, he said “Sign this                                                                   of the left side of his body. He had been
paper; here is a seven-day pass and ten                                                                     engaged to an English girl and she was
pound out of your pay book, you can go                                                                      insistent that they should get married, so
right now”.                                                                                                 they had the ceremony in the hospital. I do
    I was out of that place like a shot out                                                                 not know what happened to him as he was
of a gun. I took the bus, which ran right                                                                   still there when I left.
passed the hospital to Watford then an-                                                                        The last one of my memories; I was re-
other one to Ickenham. I think I was there                                                                  turning from a day at home and riding the
within the hour. I walked up the street                                                                     bus from Watford and I noticed that there
and knocked on the door. Nobody was                                                                         was a girl in a Land Army uniform (ladies
at home. I looked around and found that                                                                     that worked on the farms). When I got off
the back door was locked and all the win-                                                                   at the hospital she got off the bus as well.
dows were closed and locked except the                                                                      As the bus pulled away she came up to me
small vent window in my room. I took off                                                                    and said, “Would you please hold me” and
my coat and jacket and was able to slide                                                                    proceeded to put her arms around me. I
through it. How I ever did it I do not know.                                                                asked her if she was all right, she never
Anyway I was sitting in the living room                               Drawing by Robt G. Kernaghan said a word.
when my Mother came home. I said “Hello”.              The second week I was there I was put in          We stood there for about ten minutes until
She turned with a start and nearly fainted then     charge of the ward. I cannot remember the title. the next bus came along. She said,” Thank you”
started to cry. It was a very nice reunion.         As I indicated previously the bulk meals came and got onto the bus and it drove away. There
    During the week’s leave I do not remember       from the main kitchen. However things like are strange happenings in wartime.
exactly what I did except visited the family and    bread, sugar, butter, salt and pepper, etc. came     In the early part of March a doctor said to
spent one night at Joyce’s house and slept in       from the QM stores in the manor house. One of me, “Well Playfair I am happy to tell you, you
their table shelter in the dining room. The week    my jobs was to check what was required, make have a ticket home”. My reply was it would not
passed very fast then back to Leavesdon Hos-        out the requisition and get the nurse to sign it cost you very much because I only live about 10
pital.                                              and then go to the stores and keep our kitchen miles from here. He was a little confused and
  The next morning the doctor came in and c         well stocked. The other job was, when the trol- said he would look into it.
hecked me over and said “How do you feel?” I        ley came from the main kitchen, make sure that      Two days later I was given my walking papers
said “Fine, but I have these lines on my hands      the meals were served to the patients; many of and sent to downtown Aldershot to 5 CRTU.
and they itch like hell”. He took a look at them    them were still confined to their beds and tidied
and said “You have scabies; it is a sign of poor    up after the meal. I suppose the main job was to
                                     The Regiment Journal             22        Plough Jockey, Vol 5 #2
 Regimental Association Golf Day - 5 June 2009

Left to Right - Rear Row: Ian Inrig, Ron Last, Linda Kelloway, Aaron Beaver, Tyler Kelloway, Ed Evans, John Shifflet, Frank Evans. Third Row:
Brian Simpson, Bob McLuskie, Cliff Reid, Gerry Oberwarth, Ron Neal, Mike McFarland, Steve Rousell, Gord Horne, Sharon Stefan, Kyle Evans.
Second Row: Carol Inrig, Joan Adamson, Louise Oberwarth, Tim Zebedee, Skip Simpson, Larry Shoebridge, Romeo Primeau, Dave Evans, Kathy
Evans, Eva Evans, Bonnie Evans. Front Row: Jim Taylor, Howard Adamson, Cartl Brethour, Buck Buchanan, Blackie Simpson, Mike Evans, Mike
Scott, “Next to God” Sid Horne and Don Kernaghan (Not God).

                                                               The Ball
                                                         In My Hand I Hold A Ball,
                                                         White And Dimpled, Rather Small.
                                                         Oh, How Bland It Does Appear,
                                                         This Harmless Looking Little Sphere.

                                                         By Its Size I Could Not Guess,
                                                         The Awesome Strength It Does Possess.
  The Regiment’s Top Golfer - Dave Evans, with Howy      But Since I Fell Beneath Its Spell,
            Adamson & Buck Buchanan                      I’ve Wandered Through The Fires Of Hell.

                                                         My Life Has Not Been Quite The Same,
                                                         Since I Chose To Play This Stupid Game.
                                                                                                 It’s Made Me Whimper Like A Pup,
                                                         It Rules My Mind For Hours On End,
                                                                                                 And Swear That I Will Give It Up.
                                                         A Fortune It Has Made Me Spend.
                                                                                                 And Take To Drink To Ease My
                                                         It Has Made Me Yell, Curse And Cry,
                                                                                                 But The Ball Knows ... I’ll Be Back
                                                         I Hate Myself And Want To Die.
                                                         It Promises A Thing Called Par,
                                                         If I Can Hit It Straight And Far.                                   Anon

         Best Male Golfer - Mr Steve Roussel             To Master Such A Tiny Ball,
                                                         Should Not Be Very Hard At All.          Stand proud you noble swingers of
                                                         But My Desires The Ball Refuses,         clubs and losers of balls....
                                                         And Does Exactly As It Chooses.          A recent study found the average
                                                                                                  golfer walks about 900 miles a year.
                                                         It Hooks And Slices,, Dribbles And Dies, Another study found golfers drink,
                                                         And Even Disappears Before My Eyes.      on average, 22 gallons of alcohol a
                                                         Often It Will Have A Whim,               year.
                                                         To Hit A Tree Or Take A Swim.            That means. on average. Golfers get
                                                                                                  about 41 miles to the gallon.
                                                         With Miles Of Grass On Which To Land, Kind of makes you proud. I almost
                                                         It Finds A Tiny Patch Of Sand.           feel like a hybrid.
                                                         Then Has Me Offering Up My Soul,
 Best Female Golfer - Louise Oberwarth. On her left is   If Only It Would Find The Hole.
   Buck Buchanan and right is Hon Col Mike Scott.

                                       The Regiment Journal          23      Plough Jockey, Vol 5 #2
Veterans Affairs Reports Service and
Benefits for Canadian Forces
Being a member of the Reserves                                                           Canadian Corps of Commissionaires -
requires a special dedication and
commitment. Reservists are                                                                        Kingston Division
unique because they are both                                                          Celebrates 62 Years of Service in Eastern Ontario
civilians and members of the
military. When leaving the                                                            Captain Edward Walter, a retired officer of the Crimean War, found-
service, they have the special                                                     ed The Corps of Commissionaires in England in 1859 to help veterans
status of Veteran and the people                                                   make the difficult transition back to civilian life and employment.
of Canada value their service.                                                        In an effort to find jobs for these veterans, he convinced friends and
     Through the New Veterans Charter (NVC), Veterans Affairs Canada               acquaintances that the exemplary discipline, loyalty and dedication to
(VAC) has programs in place to assist reservists who are injured or become         service that veterans possessed could be put to excellent use in business.
ill during their service in the Canadian Forces (CF) and, in some cases, to        He succeeded in finding jobs for seven veterans and thereby launched the
assist them in finding civilian employment.                                        Corps of Commissionaires.
How VAC Can Help                                                                     While Canada's Governor General proposed a Corps be formed in Can-
     The NVC was designed specifically to meet the needs of today’s CF             ada after World War I, it was not until 25th July 1925, the Commission-
members, Veterans and their families-this includes benefits and services           aires opened offices in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. By 26th March
for reservists.                                                                    1947, Kingston’s Division was established by Colonel Elroy Forde, who
      They may receive compensation for the non-economic impact of                 was elected as the first Chairman of the Board and Commandant. Retired
service-related disabilities. If medically released from the Forces, or if an      Colonel Forde served with the Corps of Signals and was instrumental in
injury or illness is primarily related to their military service, reservists may   building Vimy Barracks and establishing the Signal Corps in Kingston.
also receive rehabilitation and compensation.                                         Today, the division serves an area from Bowmanville to the Quebec
    Reservists may be able to obtain group health insurance for themselves         border and employs over 800 Canadian Forces and RCMP Veterans. The
and their family. They may also be eligible for VAC’s traditional programs         Regional Office is located at Arlington Park Place Kingston with district
which provide treatment benefits for disabilities related to their service.        offices and managers in Kingston, Peterborough, Cobourg, Belleville,
Assistance may also be provided when required to help them remain in-              Brockville and Cornwall*. Our services include; security guards, enforce-
dependent in their own home, as well as case management services if they           ment, mobile patrol, ink and electronic fingerprinting, CPIC services, par-
have complex needs.                                                                don applications, oaths and affidavits.
     Reservist who decide to leave the CF can obtain career transition as-            Although the Canadian Government has authorized a Long Service
sistance to help them find civilian employment. They are eligible for this         Medal to be awarded after 12 years of service, the Commissionaires are
service if they have served in a special duty area or operation or have            not an agency of the federal government. The medal can be worn with all
served full time for 21 out of 24 consecutive months. They must apply              uniforms within the Federal and Provincial services. We are a private, self-
within two years following the period of service that makes them eligible.         supporting, not-for-profit organization governed by a board of directors
     Benefits are also available to families in the tragic event of a service-     with the CEO located in Kingston’s regional office. By operating in this
related death.                                                                     manner, we are able to fulfill our original mandate of providing fair and
Helping Reservists Transition                                                      meaningful work to Veterans and serving members of the Reserve Force,
     Information about these programs is relevant to reservists While they         while providing our clients with quality service at competitive rates. I may
are serving with and when they are preparing to release from the military.         add, Commissionaires are the only company in Canada with a mandate
Transition interviews are an opportunity to meet with a VAC represen-              to employ Veterans. A proud tradition continues employing over 22,000
tative to learn about available services and benefits. VAC has offices on          Commissionaires within 17 Divisions in all provinces and territories.
most CF bases and wings. If not, staff visits on a regular basis. Spouses or
partners are encouraged to participate.                                            *Ed Note: Hast&PER LHQ Commissionaire offices are at...
      For more information about VAC’s services and                                                  Belleville: 314 Pinnacle St.
support, please contact us toll free at 1-866-522-2122,                                                Cobourg: 150 King St.
       or visit                                                                  Peterborough: 270 George St
  An often-asked question... Who is a Veteran? Veterans Affairs Canada’             HM the Queen has given her name to the Elizabeth Cross, a new form
  defines Veteran as: “Any former member of the Canadian Forces who success-        of recognition for the families of British Service personnel killed while
  fully underwent basic training and is honourably discharged”.                     serving their country. It is accompanied by a Miniature and Memorial
                                                                                    Scroll signed by the Queen. The Cross, a sterling silver emblem over
 Lt Simon Mailloux (R22eR) lost half a leg thanks to an IED in 2007                 a wreath, will bear symbols of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.
 but is now the first amputee returning to duty in Afghanistan, albeit in           The reverse will contain the engraved name of the person being re-
 a staff position. Newly promoted to Captain he received no preferen-               membered. It will be awarded for personnel killed on active service or
 tial treatment proving his fitness, eg: walking 13 Km carrying a 27 Kg             as a result of terrorist action. Eligibility dates back to 1948.
 backpack in 2 hours and 22 minutes. It’s expected Cpl Jody Mitic may                                           (From the Fall 2009 Coldstream Guards Newsletter)
 be next - despite losing both legs below the knees he successfully ran
 the Canadian Army half-marathon in Ottawa 19 Sep 2009 on artificial                9 July 2009 - the MND announced $5 Billion fundiing for DND, spe-
 legs.                                                                              cifically for Light Armoured Vehicles. $1 Billion goes to upgrade the
                                                                                    LAV III’s in Afghanistan and $4 Billion to buy the new model LAV-
 20 July 2009 - the US Army (current strength 547,000) wants a tempo-               H’s - infantry vehicles to work in close combat alongside the Leopard
 rary increase of another 22,000 soldiers. 130,000 are presently serving            tanks, as well as some new armoured recce and armoured engineer
 in Iraq and there will be 68,000 in Afghanistan by the end of 2009,                versions. To date about 100 of our LAV III fleet have been destroyed
 although their commander in Afghanistan would like 78,000.                         or have worn out.

                                          The Regiment Journal               24        Plough Jockey, Vol 5 #2
              Coe Hill Warriors’ Days
                                                             5-6 September 2009

                 M551 Sheridan

                                                           RCD’s from Petawawa with two Coyotes

   Cpl Andrew Mustard demonstrating some of
        The Regiment’s current weapons.

                                                                                                                Hasty Ps taking part - L to R: Cpls Andrew
                                                              Fred Granger explains a point to visitors      Mustard, Blair Empey, Jimm Clapp, Sgt Scott Ryan
                                                                     at the museum’s display.                    and Pte Tyler Ryan (in 1943 Sicily dress).
                                                                                                                 Missing from photo is Cpl Dan Williams.
Little Lianne had the greatest fun. At left Cpl Dan
Williams gives her face a cam job and at right she                                                                                                Winner of
willingly donned the load a soldier would carry                                                                                                  the Coe Hill
then marched to the far side of the park to show
her parents, and back!
                                                                                                                                                Warriors Day
                                                                                                                                                  50-50 draw
                                                                                                                                               ($1178.50) was
                                                                                                                                                Mr Owen of
                                                      Combined Guard from HastyP’s 1129 (Haliburton)                                               Bancroft.
                                                      RCArmyCC and Bancroft Sea Cadets - Eyes Right at                                             The 2010
                                                      the reviewing stand. L: to R: Harold Nash (Pres 381
HLCol Jack Lee presents a plaque to Mrs JoAnne
                                                      Coe Hill RCL), Maj Alex Moseanu (721 Comms Regt),                                            Warriors’
Albert of Tweed in thanks for her town treating
soldiers enroute from Petawawa to Afghanistan
                                                      HLCol Bob Wigmore, HLCol Jack Lee (721 Comms                                             Days weekend
                                                      Regt), Dan McCaw (Reeve of Wolloston Townshp), Jo-                                          will be 4-5
(via CFB Trenton) to coffee and donuts at their
                                                      Anne Albert ( Reeve of Tweed) and Daryl Kramp (MP         HLCol Bob Wigmore
Tim Hortons .
                                                      Prince Edward - Hastings).                                  laying a wreate                 September.

Mr Brian Asbury from Milton with his amphibious DUKW, commonly called a “Duck”. The Regiment was supposed to land in Sicily in
these vehicles, but they failed to show up. With a water speed of just 5 knots they were seriously affected by sea state and tide movements.

                                             The Regiment Journal             25       Plough Jockey, Vol 5 #2
       Training Afghan Prison Guards                                                                           target and started to run back. They were get-
                                                                                                               ting yelled at by the now 30 plus on lookers to
                                                                                                               run back touch their targets. Whistle was blown,
                          by WO Rod McNeil, CD                                                                 but the task had been given, and I guess it was
                                                       on the range and we began our first attempt             a matter of pride now to touch their target and
Sept 13, 2008, KPRT, Afghanistan, 0308 Hrs...          at group PT. I had the Guard Commander                  run back. After 40 seconds only 3 of 8 had com-
this was my first day training Afghan forces and       start off with the squad breakdown; the guards          pleted their task as the rest continued to run back
the first day that I learned what I had to work        picked up the breakdown very well and the               and touch various targets in the hope of getting
with. Previously in the year a massive suicide         CSC and range staff was impressed. Now for              to their targets. Cheering was now happening
and coordinated attack on Sarapoza prison in           the complete motion, the Commander decided              from the crowd behind the recruits and the com-
Kandahar city led to the release of over 300           they did so well he would go full bore. Well I          pleted recruits to motivate their comrades. This
prisoners and the loss of over 60% of the guard        have never seen someone drowning on dry land            did motivate them and they finally all achieved
staff of the prison. This brought out a new            but that is the only simple way to describe what        their goals. End time three minutes forty five
training cycle for the prison guards with the          was occurring in front of me on the range. My           seconds to run down twenty five meters touch
CSC (Correction Services Canada) and as the            marker could not all of a sudden bring his arms         their target and run back. The Commander of
training NCO for the PRT (Provincial Recon-            over his head, the rest of guys down the line           the group was pleased and the spectators happy
struction Teasm) for the ANSF (Afghan Nation-          were wind milling the arms jumping up and               to see the guards getting the job done and work-
al Security Force) I was in charge of teaching         down, and passersby stopped and gaped as the            ing as hard as they did. I found out after I set
weapon tactics and personal defensive skills to        spectacle intensified into laughter on both sides.      all the recruits on a 10 min break that they did
guard staff.                                                                                                                            not know how to count,
      Time to start train-                                                                                                              so this was too was added
ing was at 0800 local;                                                                                                                  to our training woes.
the guard group arrived                                                                                                                       I am proud to say it
at 1030. Afghan time is                                                                                                                 took them 4 days to get to
not the same as western                                                                                                                 a semi cohesive unit were
time as I was to find out                                                                                                               they could do everything
more and more as my                                                                                                                     from push ups to a run
tour went on. First item                                                                                                                together for short periods
on the training table set                                                                                                               of time learning how to
up by CSC members                                                                                                                       count as we did activities.
was a quick PT test so                                                                                                                         We had been work-
we could gage where we                                                                                                                  ing towards basic weap-
would have to start the                                                                                                                 ons firing and minimal
physical training for the                                                                                                               movement. The day had
skills we would be teach-                                                                                                               come for us to start basic
ing. I wanted to start                                                                                                                  grouping skills. Our 8 re-
off simple; I opted for                                                                                                                 cruits were broken down
the jumping jack. The                                                                                                                   to two relays. I must
guard commander, who                                                                                                                    explain the AK47 has
had trained with ISAF                                                                                                                   three selections for the
(International Security                                                                                                                 operation of the weapon.
Assistance Force) over                                                                                                                  Selector at the top is on
the last year, was with                                                                                                                 safe, one click down is full
me and ready to begin.                                                                                                                  automatic and bottom is
Through my language                                       Warrant Officer Rod McNeil                                                    on repetition. The com-
assistant (interpreter) I told the recruits what we                                                            mands were given to Load and Ready, then af-
were trying to achieve with PT - it was a test of      The camera man said it best, “This! Is why we           ter sorting out some small issues, we gave them
team work and individual bench mark for the            are in Afghanistan!”                                    the basic command to fire five rounds center
beginning of our training cycle. I had my Guard             Ten minutes later and after regrouping and         of mass at their own time. The Fire command
Commander demonstrate a few quick jumping              coming up with what we thought was an easier            was not given, yet rounds were being fired. One
jacks. The looks on the faces of all the guards        group activity we lined the recruits up for the         recruit’s weapon selector was on auto and at
was that of awe and confusion. Thus I believed         next attempt. Task was to run from the twenty           least 12 rounds came out; another emtied his
it best to do another demonstration but with all       five meter mark with weapon above their head            magazine. Stopping and resetting for another
the range staff doing it to show the recruits what     touch their target and run back. After this was         five round grouping (hoping for five rounds on
team work was and how to act as one cohesive           translated we asked if there were any questions.        target some members were upset that we never
unit. To this day I still can not describe the sheer   None were asked. A demo was completed and               gave them the rounds they had shot off to top
look of lost on their faces, I thought to myself       the nods from the recruits looked as if this was        up their mags. A lesson they had to learn was IF
the only way to learn is to do and critique after.     understood. The whistle was blown signifying            they shoot it off they may not have enough to
    Through my Language Assistant I told them          the start of the activity and the recruits ran in all   get them though a fight. The second grouping
the basics of what was needed and broke them           directions on the range, the left and right of arc      the majority did fire around five rounds a few
down as per military training into squads. This        of the range was cement Texas barriers, if it was       more times but one was afraid to fire at all. It
came out rather well and they seemed to grasp          not for these I am sure they would have ran off         took 7 attempts to have the members fire five
it. I them made the decision that we should            the range. The Commander and Language As-               round groupings; now your asking yourself “five
video tape their attempts to show them later on        sistant were yelling to run down and touch their        times six is thirty”, but as written above there
their improvements to bolster their egos (this is a    targets, THEIR TARGETS. The recruits hear-              was one who didn’t want to fire.
big part of their culture). I then had them come       ing this ran down and all touched the middle                  The groupings were about five feet across
together in a single line at the eight meter mark                                                              at eight meters, hard to fathom but the second
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relay after watching the first relays mistakes did                                                          ter this the guys were taking any cats they could
about the same and we suffered similar set backs                                                            find and bringing them into the camp to stop the
about auto and failure to fire. We brought up                                                               snakes and spiders from scaring people.
the Commander to give them a talk to explain                                                                   It is a heavy learning curve over in Afghanistan
the mistakes and what he wants them to do, he                                                               - things do not always go the way you want - you
motivated them as they seemed ready to prove                                                                just go with the flow. There will always be situ-
themselves to the Commander and to the range                                                                ations that are going to be confusing and when
staff.                                                                                                      you investigate may find they can turn deadly
     The second magazine was issued, each re-                                                               even when you think them harmless. This week
cruit had a safety behind them ready to ensure                                                              was a real eye opener as what I was going to face
weapons were on the proper setting and they                                                                 and what I learned I passed on. I was told later
were set to shoot. A large Hiss was heard from                                                              that people had faced similar experiences dur-
the backstop and a large camel spider was spot-                                                             ing operations and training, saying they might
ted by target three. I was confused as to why                                                               have had injuries from teaching the Afghans if
the guys were backing up away from the spider         it I stepped back and ran into the camp Doctor,       I didn’t tell them to watch for the weapon selec-
and I was having my Language Assistant have           Capt Pete Walker. He asked me what was up, I          tion, or their guys would have poked at snakes
them stay in place, but he started to run, and        passed on about the snakes and spider and what        with their boot or weapon. Simple things are
seeing that the rest followed. I was not sure         was happening to the cat. He asked me if it was       often overlooked and in foreign places it can be
what would scare 8 armed people, pretty sure it       a black snake? I said that it was. He told me         fatal.
wasn’t a spider, big as they are (about the size of   that it was an Asian Pit Viper and when agitated           Good news is the guards got to a good stan-
a soft ball). I didn’t think that was the first one   they can jump 2 feet and strike and there was no      dard, and I carried on teaching ANA (Afghan
they had ever seen. I looked a little closer and      known antivenom in theatre for them.                  National Army), ANP (Afghan National Police)
found two black snakes. Grabbing a one foot               Laughing as he walked away he said “Oh!           and Governor of Kandahar body guard teams.
board I pushed them over the berm. At this time       check on the cat”. With that I turned around to       I found that you may have to take a different
I saw the range cat named Manuel (an Ameri-           see Manuel stumbling over the berm with what          approach to teaching but you can get them to
can had named him) run over the berm and a            looked like spider legs hanging out of his mouth      where they need to be if you concentrate and
terrifying cat scream happened. Scared me! - I        and no sign of the two snakes.                        teach to your audience. I also learned if you see
found my Browning in hand and a crazy desire              Cats are the natural enemy of the snakes and      a hardened Afghan running, before being a hero
to look to see what happened. Peeking over the        spiders over there; funny thing was that there        - look before you leap. Funny revelation was that
top of the berm I saw the cat spinning and hiss-      was an order to remove the cats as they would         a cat can save armed men.
ing, thinking the spider and snakes were eating       bring fleas and get in the way of the vehicles. Af-

                        Our Militia Heritage 70 Years Ago... 15 September 1939
                                                                                                      Regiment. He, along with all the compa-
                                               THE ONTARIO INTELLIGENCER                              ny commanders of the unit, has worked
                                                                                                      his way up from the ranks. Practically
                                          THE DAILY ONTARIO INTELLIGENCER is                          every officer on the slate has been asso-
                                          published every afternoon (Sunday and holidays              ciated with the Regiment for years and
                                          excepted) at The Ontario Intelligencer Building,            many are specialists along many lines. Lt.-
                                          Front St, Belleville.)                                      Col. B..C. Donnan, of the city, is a for-
                                                                                                      mer commanding officer of the Regiment.
                                                     HASTINGS AND PRINCE                              It is, perhaps, significant to note, that,
                                                        EDWARD REGIMENT                               when the order to mobilize came through
                                            The first regiment to begin active en-                    on September first, the H. & P. E. Regi-
                                          listment in Belleville and vicinity is the                  ment was the only infantry unit called
                                          Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment,                        into service in the whole of district No. 3, an
                                          C.A.S.F. This is, one of the oldest and                     area extending from Ottawa to
                                          most honored militia units in Military                      Oshawa.
                                          District No. 3. The Regiment itself is the
                                          uniting of the 16th Prince Edward Regi-                        LAV III family of armoured vehicles were de-
                                          ment and the 49th Hastings Rifles which                     signed for a Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) of 17t.
                                          was effected soon after the Great War. It                   The new LAV-H has a 25 tonne GVW to cope with
                                          is, also, affiliated with the Royal Sussex                  the greater weight of operational equipment and
                                          Regiment in Great-Britain, one of the old-                  add on armour. Extra protection is also afforded by
                                          est and proudest units of the Old Coun-                     a revised floor beneath the crew compartment that
                                          try’s forces.                                               now forms a shallow ‘V’ to deflect IED and mine
                                               The Commanding Officer is Lieut. Col                   blasts from below.
                                          Sherman Young, D.C.M., V.D., who has had                      LAV-H add-on armour is also considerably thicker
                                          a. distinguished military career and who                    than that currently applied to CF LAV IIIs (espe-
                                          is extremely popular with the men of his                    cially hull side plates).

                                             The Regiment Journal              27 Plough Jockey, Vol 5 #2
                              LCol Ray McGill, CD
                               Retirement Dinner
                                  12 Sep 2009

                                                                                                   LCol McGill and
                                                                                                  Capt(N) Sonja Bata

   LCol Ray McGill

                                                                                                  LCol Ray McGill,
                                                                                                Hon LCol Bob Wigmore
                                                                                                 and Maj Ross Cossar

  2Lt Erin Neate and
                                  Diane and LCol Ray McGill, CD
 OCdt Brain Raymond

                          CO LCol Joe Parkinson replying to the                                   LCol Joe and Mrs
 LCol Ray McGill               Toast to The Regiment                                              Kamille Parkinson

                                                                               Maj Ross Cossar, LCol Stephan Delaney (33CBG
LCols Duncan Campbell, Alex     Kamille Parkinson, Cathy Evans                  DComd) and LCol Joe Parkinson. Left: The
  McLeod and Ray McGill.            and Pearl Kernaghan                        multitalented 2Lt Steve Fujimura

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                                                                                                                           like to speak about how I dealt

                                            J57 in Kandahar...                                                             with these risks. When travelling
                                                                                                                           in a convoy I found the best way
                                                                                                                           to think about the risk of IED was
                                             Capt Michael McCloskey                                                        to say to myself that I was already
                                                                                                                           dead. There was little I could do
                                                       monochromatic labyrinth of high concrete walls                      while strapped into the back of a
                                                       with gravel roads. It smelled of hot concrete        RG31 or packed into the dark hold of a LAV3.
                                       It     is a     dust, diesel, burning plastic, and the “pond.”*      I simply placed my confidence completely in
                                       great hon-      It quickly developed into home for the next 9        the crew, had confidence in my own training
                                       our to be       months and I will look back fondly on some as-       (and estate planning) and settled in for the ride.
                                       asked to        pects, particularly the US PX and New Canada         Many people had other things they did to cope,
                                       submit an       House.                                               that was mine.
article for the Regimental magazine about my                My position with the headquarters was of-          The most memorable moment for me during
experiences in Afghanistan. It is also quite ap-       ficially designated “J57 Military”. My role was      the tour was a rather poignant one. The coor-
ropos as the Plough Jockey was very important          the coordination of equipment and training for       dination of mentorship of the Afghan National
to me while overseas. As a newly transferred-          the nascent Afghan security forces, particularly     Police in our area of operations was a shared
in Officer the magazine gave me much needed            the Afghan National Army and the Afghan Na-          responsibility between Canada and the United
knowledge of “who’s who” and also a great deal         tional Police. It was a complex job and had a        States. Our main point of contact with the US
of insight into current and past Regimental his-       very international flavour as I dealt with three     Army was a larger than life character, Lieuten-
tory. Many potentially awkward moments were            different international headquarters, four dif-      ant-Colonel James Walton. I had met him at
avoided by my judicious use of the magazine                                                                 numerous coordination conferences and found
to prevent any in-depth questions by outsiders                                                              him to have been a polished, professional, and
while I was still only halfway through Mowat’s                                                              gregarious officer. He was a natural leader. It
“The Regiment.” “Here. Have you seen our                                                                    was the day after a routine meeting that I was
Regiment’s magazine?” They would then de-                                                                   informed that he and his mentoring crew had
part enraptured by its glossy pages.                                                                        been killed by an IED and ambush. That af-
     I would like to start with the “why” of my                                                             ternoon I was enroute to one of our Forward
volunteering for deployment. There are a con-                                                               Operating Bases and had to debuss from the
flagration of issues as to why one goes but for                                                             armoured vehicle to conduct a roadside sweep
me there were two main ideas. The first was a                                                               for potential IEDs. As fate would have it I was to
feeling of “doing my part.” I had been work-                                                                check out the crater in the road that had killed
ing on a full-time contract in Petawawa and had                                                             our colleague the day before. I had attended
met many friends and peers that were on their                                                               many somber ramp ceremonies for the fallen
third (and for some fourth) tours in Afghanistan.                                                           soldiers during my tour, but it was this surreal
I hadn’t been once. The second idea was that                                                                and moving moment that still stands out for me.
years from now Afghanistan will (in my view                                                                      I would like to end by saying that I am ex-
and will contest it in the Mess to anyone within                                                            ceptionally happy to be back home and thank-
beershot) be an important shared experience for                                                             ful to belong to The Regiment. The support I
the institution of the Army and by not going I                                                              received while deployed was tremendous. The
would be on the outside of it.                                                                              volume of packages, cards, and emails kept me
    How I was selected was an interesting story.                                                            connected to the home unit and was the source
I was serving as a staff officer in 2 Canadian                                                              of good morale from me and envy for my peers.
Mechanized Brigade Group Headquarters in                      Capt Mike McCloskey                           It didn’t flag either as I received a parcel from
Petawawa and was temporarily assigned as Ex-                                                                the unit on the day I was to depart! I quickly
ecutive Assistant to the Commander who had             ferent countries, and multiple civilian organiza-    re-addressed it to the less fortunate at the Pro-
been named as the next Task Force Command-             tions. I learned a great many things, particularly   vincial Reconstruction Team. WO McNeil ap-
er. One day on exiting his office, he pointed to       patience. Decision making for these internation-     preciated the t-shirt..
a large spreadsheet and said “Do you see any           al organizations often moved at a glacial pace,
jobs that appeal to you?” I scanned the list of        but they did in fact move. By the time my tour       *Kandahar Airfield has a septic system com-
acronyms and replied altruistically “I would be        was completed I had seen the equipping of the        prised of aeration ponds in the South West cor-
happy to serve in any capacity.” I can now safely      Afghan National Army with NATO caliber               ner of the camp. These were originally designed
reveal that I said that because I had no idea          weapons, had a plan for their transition from        for a capacity of between 3,000-4,000 person-
what a J3 IM, J59, or J3 Coord were. As the            Ford Ranger pickup trucks to HMMVWs, and             nel. There are currently on average between
headquarters evolved I was comfortably nestled         had overseen improvements in the command             8,000-11,000 personnel on the camp. This
into a position in the J5 (long term planning cell)    and control of the Afghan National Police.**         over capacity often means that a horrific stench
of the headquarters.                                        Another thing this job provided me was an       settles over the camp. One particular Officer
      I deplaned at Kandahar Airfield in May           opportunity to travel about and see the country-     would often inhale it deeply and then wonder
2008. While I had a healthy dose of apprehen-          side to see the improvements on the ground. It       aloud “Jasmine? No no wait…Sandalwood.”
sion I must say that the overwhelming sensation        more often than not provided a much needed
I had was one of relief, that is to say finally get-   “reality check” to see the true state of the Af-     **Unfortunately the majority of senior and in-
ting there after almost a year of work-up train-       ghan National Police and gave renewed impetus        termediate leadership among the Afghan Na-
ing with the Headquarters and trips to Ger-            to our support to them.                              tional Police that I interacted with have since
many, Virginia, Panama, and of course scenic               As everyone knows there is a certain degree      been killed on the job, particularly Kandahar
Wainwright, Alberta. My initial impressions of         of risk inherent in travelling about (and even       Provincial Police Chief, BGen Matiullah Khan.
Kandahar Airfield or “Kaf ” as it is referred to,      just staying in KAF for that matter) and I would
was that it was eerie and purgatory-like. It is a
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                                                 RSM Allan Found, Capt Mike Wood and Mr Gord       Catherine and
                                                 Wood (RCL Br 387, Frankford)                      Austin Fuller,    Doug Buck

 Geo Wright, Frank Evans, Paul Hariton
              Carl Brethour

                                                                               48ths Chas Stock, Gord Outhwaite and Bill DeHarte

Padres Capt Brad Smith
and Maj Sid Horne.
Sentry Pte Logan Murphy
                             Pipe Major Bob Stewart   Capt Brad Elms and
                             & Trumpeter Kelly Begg      MWO Tom Whitehead

                                                                                   Assn Pres Howy Adamson. Colour Party: Larry
                                                                                   Shoebridge (Hast&PER), Ron Denham (48th
48th Highrs: Harry Wignall, John                                                   Highrs) and Reg Kirkland (RCR)
Dunne and Dick Birch
                                                                               Col of the RCR Walter
                                                                               Holmes and Maj Glen

                                                                                                       Pte Logan
                                                                                                         Murphy        Lt Kelly Begg

Hasty P Wreathe Laying - Assn Pres Howy
 Adamson and Mrs Dorothy Buck

                                                                                           Capt Rev Brad Smith, Maj Rev Sid Horne,
                                                                                                                     Pte James White

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  Hon Col Mike Scott, Assn Padre Maj Sid Horne,          P/Maj Robert               P/Sgt Robert
  Regtl Padre Capt Brad Smith, Pte James White             Stewart                   Thomson

                                                                                                             LCol Joe Parkinson and      Pte Logan
                                                                                                              RSM Allan Found              Murphy

  Lt Erin Neate, Col of the RCR Walter
     Holmes and Maj Glen Sylvester          48th Highrs...
                                            Dave Fowler,                           Ivan Gunter MM at         Alison McDonald, Robert Thomson
                                            John Dunne       Pte Murphy           the Belleville Jr Ranks                        and Bill Boath
                                                                                  Mess named after him.

John Inrig, Paul Hariton and
                       Carl Brethour                                             Larry Shoebridge and
                                            Scott Ryan and                                   Robt Wigmore
                                                      Gerry Oberwarth
                                                                                                                   HonLCol Bob Wigmore, Jackie
                                                                                                                       McFee and Ivan Gunter

                                                                                 Joe Schammerhorn and
RSM Allan Found, Capt Rob Cybulskie, Sgt                                                     Carl Rushlow
Al Park, MWO Pat Woods, Cpl Troy Swanson
                                           Rickie Thompson and
                                                         Ivan Gunter            Landing in Sicily                       Ron Schamerhorn, ?, and
                                                                                                                                  WO Don Carlson
                                                                                 10 July 1943
                                              Sixty Six years ago the Allies landed on the “soft underbelly of Europe” (as Churchill termed it) in Sicily.
                                           OPERATION HUSKY was the largest assault landing in history and still is in that eight divisions landed
                                           simultaneously - the Normandy D-Day operation (OVERLORD) landed ten divisions on day one, but it took
                                           all day to gradually get them ashore.
                                              The First Canadian Infantry Division (CIB) was part of the British Eighth Army and had under command
Fred Skyvington, Jackie & Merv Rowan       a Special Service Brigade (Nos 40 & 41 Royal Marine Commandos). 1st CIB assaulted right and 2nd CIB
                                           left with the Commando Bde on their left. First Brigade was comprised of The Royal Canadian Regiment,
                                           The Hastings & Prince Edward Regiment and the 48th Highlanders.
                                               1st Bde landed on the west side of the Pachino Peninsula along a divisional frontage of about 10,000
                                           yards. The Hasty P ‘A’ Coy however, due to a navigational error by the Navy was taken too far west and
                                           landed beside the Commandos. Once ashore they quickly rejoined the battalion but not before losing our
                                           first battle casualty: Sgt Maj C. F. R. Nutley, a man who had failed his medical but insisted on going based
                                           on the fact that Why had he spent all those years training only to be excluded when needed?
                                               Despite the size of the operation (nearly half million troops) the landing was a surprise until they were
                                           underway and mainly unopposed. The Italians and Germans believed Crete was the likely destination of the
                                           Allied armada and rough seas meant they would not land on Sicily.
   HonCol Mike      Col of The RCRs
                                               Also at the Reunion, representing other units of 1 Canadian Infantry Division were
      Scott          Walter Holmes         Chas Hunter (2 Fd Regt RCA) and BGen R DesLauriers (Field Engineers).
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Atts & Dets, Honours & Awards...
WO Sean Willard, from RCR
Pte Andrew Casely, from the Reg Force
MWO Smaha Denis, from SQFT Montreal
Sgt Al Lewis (our new RQMS) from North Bay.
MCpl Jessica Poulin, (our new full-time Finance
  clerk) from AlgR (North Bay)
MCpl Tom Schnurr (RMS clerk) from Supplementary
                                              Reserve                                          8 July 2009 - The Regiment’s RQMS Mike Coyle,
Cpl Curtis Parker, From Grey & Simcoe Foresters                                                promoted to Warrant Officer, and being congratu-
Cpl M. Reaume, from Argyle & Sutherland Highrs of                                              lated by LCol Joe Parkinson. Mike has been posted
                                              Canada.                                          to CFB North Bay.            Photo by Sgt Scott Ryan
Pte Sarah McAmmond from Loyal Edmonton Regt.
Dets...                                                                                         MCpl Jessica Poulin,
LCol Ray McGill - on retirement                                                                 our new Finance Clerk,
WO Mike Coyle, to CFB North Bay                                                                 joined up in Hamilton
MCpl Peter Vrooman, to PWOR                                                                     in the RHLI. She later
Cpl Al Hennessey to A3RTF,                              Sgt Al Lewis, The Regiment’s            joined the Reg Force as
    Weapons Sec, CFB Trenton                            new RQMS comes to us from               a Naval Communicator,
Cpl Josh Holland to Lincoln &                           CFS St.John’s NL. Originally from       got married and took her
                    Welland Regt                        Grand Falls NL, he enlisted in ‘B’      release in 2002 (in order
Cpl Bradley McKeown to                                  Coy 2RNfldR in Jan 1980 and trans-      to have more flexibility
      Cameron Highrs of Ottawa                          ferred to the Reg Force in 1983 as a    following her husband’s
Pte Jason Rodrigue to                                   Supply Tech. Al served in Lahr (with    postings) and rejoined the reserves. She comes to
                    Regular Force.                      4RCHA), 2 Svc Bn (Petawawa),            The Regiment from North Bay where she clerked
Cpl Joe Sagar is on a two year Cpl Al Hennessey         Gander, Kingston, then St.John’s        for the Algonquin Regt and 26 Service Bn. Follow-
   callout providing base security                      NL and now Belleville. Sgt Lewis        ing her husband’s posting to CFB Trenton we were
   for the Halifax Navy Dockyard.                       says “It’s good to be here”.            fortunate to gain Jessica’s services.
Three unnamed Corporals to Canadian Joint                                                         Her predecessor, Sgt Sam Ciufo, has accepted a
Incident Response Unit (CJIRU), CFB Trenton.                                                    civilian job at CFB Trenton and ended his Class B
[For more info on this secretive unit read “The                                                 callout, but will continue serving The Regiment as
Dragon Hunters” in Legion Magazine Sep-Oct                                                      a Class A soldier.

Cpl Christopher Camolese,
Ptes Dominique Buckler, James Cochrane, Holden
Farquharson, Brandon Kidd, Malcolm Kloepfer,
Kyle Leavitt, Ethan McDonald, Eric Miller, LCol Parkinson and new Major Dave Evans
Rebecca Mosher and Curtis Watson.
To Major - Dave Evans
To 2Lt - Karen Mayer, Javin Lau
To WO - Mike Coyle                                                                                             LCol Parkinson promotes
To Sgt - David Deremo                                                                                           OCdt Cavan Lau to 2Lt
To MCpl - Ben Angle, Stuart Evans
           Jeffery Kohut.
To Corporal - Capen Peterson,
Audie StCroix, Philip Tidswell   MCpls Ben Angle, Stuart Evans and Jeff Kohut

                                                                                                                    HonLCol Bob Wigmore
                                                                                                                   thanks Major Dave Evans
                                                                                                                  for his outstanding support
Major Steve Rankin promotes new Corporals...                                                                        of Regimental activities
             Philip Tidswell                            Capen Peterson                         Audie StCroix          through many years.

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Honours...                                        Carl Brethour was awarded the RCL
Bucky Buchanan has been elected Royal             30 years pin.
Canadian Legion Zone F3 Deputy Com-               MWO Pat Woods received his CD1
mander.                                           (22 years service)
Cpl Joe Sagar was named Belleville Le-
gion’s Colour Party Member of the Year
(the Fred “Soapy” Smith award).
MCpl Vincent Hickey was presented the
LFCA Commander’s Yearly Award
for Top Corporal in LFCA. The nomi-
nation was submitted in 2008, back when
when Vinc was a Corporal. His citation
read...                                                                                        Sgt (now WO) Don Carlson has retired from the RCRs
  “During the 2007/2008 training year, Cpl                                                     in Peterborough and enroled in the Hasty Ps. For civilian
Hickey proved to be the most dedicated and                                                     employ-
productive Junior NCOs’ In The Hastings                                                        ment      he
& Prince Edward Regiment. As a result of                                                       has started
his enthusiasm and abilities, he earned the                                                    a business...
unit’s “Soldier of the Year” award in De-                                                      Sarge’s
cember of 2007. Cpl Hickey attended 90%                  MCpl Vincent Hickey                   Army Sur-
of scheduled training nights and 11 of 12                                                      plus    (see
scheduled training weekends from 1 April 2007 to 31 March 2008. He managed this im-            his card be-
pressive attendance record while volunteering with his parish 8 hours per week, working        low). Best
for a busy renovations contractor and completing PLQ Modules 1-5 on his week-ends.             of Luck to
     “While on duty, Cpl Hickey is very reliable and always more than capable of suc-          you Don.
cessfully assuming positions for which he has received no formal training. Cpl Hickey          Sean Williams, Hasty P late 1980’s in Belleville, is now a
was employed as a Section 21C, eagerly assuming the Section Commander’s role in the            MCpl Cbt Engr and has been posted to the Cbt Trg Cntr
absence of his Section Commander. In addition to regular unit requirements, Cpl Hick-          Gagetown as an instructor.
ey volunteered for additional duties within his Regiment- namely PMC of the Junior             Sgt Rob Bray , Hasty P 19XX in YYYYY is 4 Troop
Ranks Mess and team member of the 2007 33 CBG Milskills first place team. During               Recce Sgt for 2CER in Petawawa.
his tenure as PMC, he used his own initiative to organize and execute the ‘James Fund          Cpl Doug Bosch is a Constable with the Orillia Police
Ruck March’ for Nero-Blastoma research. He also uses his position as PMC to promote            Force.
and help organize the unit’s annual ‘Christmas Penny Drive’ inter-garrison competition         Cpl Craig Teal is Director of Parkland Community
which is donated to the winning garrison’s charity of choice. Cpl Hickey’s contribution        Planning Services in Red Deer AB.
to the unit’s Milskills team helped ensure the team’s first place standing. He assisted both   LCol Bryan Bailey (USO 1988-89) has returned from
the team leader and 21C in delivering training amongst three separate garrison loca-           duty as DCoS UN Ops in the Congo and is now a DS at
tions to prepare the team. His peak physical conditioning, superb individual soldiering        Canadian Forces Land Staff College in Kingston.
skills and team building ability quickly helped mold the team together just prior to the       Maj Paul Kernaghan (2CER, Hast&PER 1987-92)
competition. Cpl Hickey maintained his composure during all phases of this physically          placed third in Petawawa’s Iron Man competition (208
demanding competition, mentoring and encouraging junior members to push them-                  competitors ran 32 km, portaged a canoe 4 km, paddled
selves to the limit. Cpl Hickey is a soldier of example, he has never simply contributed       it 8 km then ran another 6 km - all while carrying a 50 lb
the minimum and continually accepts and achieves more than his                                 backpack). He also placed first in the Senior category.
chain of command expects from him”.

                                     Coming Events...
                                      Sunday 8 Nov - Regimental Church Service at St Thomas’ Belleville.
                                      11 Nov - Remembrance Day Services - All locations
                                              - Officers & SrNCOs Dinner - Peterborough Armoury
                                      Sat 12 Dec - Regimental Christmas Dinner - Belleville Armoury

                                       1 Jan - New Years Day Levees - Belleville 1100-1300 Hrs
                                                                       - Peterborough 1400-1600 Hrs
                                      5 Jan - Parades resume
                                      15 March - The Hastings & Prince Edward Regiment’s 89th birthday
                                      Saturday 10 April - Officers’ Association AGM & Dinner
                                      Saturday 8 May - Change of Command Parade
                                      Sunday 4 July - Regimental Association Golf Tournament
                                      10 July - Landing in Sicily Day
                                      2-3 Oct - 65th Annual Regimental Reunion

                                     The Regiment Journal              33 Plough Jockey, Vol 5 #2
                           Recollections of Serving with
                      the 9th Anti-Tank Regiment, 1950-1953
                                                    By William M. Campbell
              (Written in 2009 on the occasion of the Centenary of the Belleville Armouries)
I   lived at 142 Church Street in the early         attached to the unit was Captain Al Wiermeyer,        Weekend trips to Deseronto were a regular
1940s, just down the street from the Belleville     an artillery officer for whom my mother had           occurrence.
Armouries. During the War I watched ladies          done some secretarial work. Parade started with          On one occassion Bud and I went to Deseronto
softball teams playing on the Armouries’ lawn,      an inspection, with the best turned-out soldier       on our own and took the tank out and decided
and watched Bill Nathan, a blind pianist,           being designated as the “Stick Man” and given a       to go off the runways onto the rolling fields back
perform on a stage set up on the lawn. I played     $1.00 prize. Competition between Bud and me           of the airstrip. I was riding in the open turret
on the platform of a 40 mm Bofors anti-aircraft     was very keen. I learned how to get a great shine     with Bud in the driver’s seat. I looked back and
gun by swinging the gun around with its small       on the grainy black army boots using water and        noticed that the tank was leaving two big ruts as
elevating and traversing wheels. I crawled in       polish. For each evening we earned a half-days        it moved through the field. I called Bud on the
and out of Bren Gun Carriers parked outside         pay, which amounted to about $1.60.                   radio intercom and told him about the ruts. At
on the west end of the building and had a ride in         Very often Bud and I showed up at the           about the same time the tank ground to a halt
one over on Zwick’s island. I remember Jimmy        Armouries on Sunday to meet with Sergeant Jim         unable to go any further. It would not go ahead
Clark. He was an elderly bagpiper who had a         Harper, the RCEME (Royal Canadian Electrical          nor would it back up. We stepped off the tank
small place to sleep up in the back of the rifle    & Mechanical Engineers) vehicle technician            onto the ground. The tank was buried so deeply
range in the basement of the Armouries. On          attached to the unit, to drive to Deseronto to        that you could not see the tracks. I walked back
occasion when he was alone in the evening he        work on the M-10 and drive it on the runways.         to the hangar and got the ¾ ton Dodge and
would play his bagpipes while marching up and       Perhaps it was on my first trip that I learned        drove back to the stuck tank. The Dodge had a
down the Armouries floor.                           how to drive on the ¾ ton Dodge. It was not           winch on the front so we decided to try to pull
      I enlisted in the 34th Battery, 9th                                                                             the tank out with the truck. There
Anti Tank Regiment, Argyll Light                                                                                      was a single tree about 75 yards
Infantry, Royal Canadian Artillery,                                                                                   from the rear of the tank so I parked
in the fall of 1950 after spending 6                                                                                  the truck with the front bumper
weeks at the Royal Canadian Army                                                                                      against the tree and paid out the
Cadet Camp at Ipperwash training                                                                                      cable almost to its limit and attached
as a signaller. My good friend Buddy                                                                                  the hook to the rear of the tank.
Lancaster was the stepson of George                                                                                   Bud got into the tank and put it in
Lancaster, the custodian of the                                                                                       reverse and gunned the engine while
Armouries. Bud lived on the top                                                                                       I engaged the winch. Immediately
floor of the Armouries with his Mom                                                                                   the cable broke and the cable came
and Dad. We both enlisted at the                                                                                      flying back right over the truck. That
same time. We were both 15 years old – the legal     M-10 SP 17 pounder anti-tank gun                                 was the end of our efforts to get the
age for enlisting was 17 or 18 at the time. The      These were named (but seldom called)                 tank out. (Fast forward to about 1994 - when I
Adjutant of the regiment was Captain Harold          “Achilles” and were very similar to the              was at a RCEME reunion I talked to a retired
Vaughan. Harold and Frieda were very good                                                                 RCEME technician who had worked at the
                                                                  Firefly tank
friends of my Mom and Dad. It was Captain                                                                 RCEME Workshop in Kingston. Somehow we
Vaughan who completed our attestation papers        an easy truck to drive since it had a clash gear      connected my experience with getting the tank
– he must have entered a false birthday date.       box that required the driver to “double clutch”       stuck with his challenge in trying to extricate
      The 9th Anti Tank was well-equipped with      when shifting gears. Also it had a high hood that     the same tank. He said it took over two weeks
World War Two vehicles and weapons. We had          made the large right-hand fender impossible to        to get that tank out of the mud!). I never ever
two 33 ton tanks which were M-10 self-propelled     see from the driver’s seat. On returning from         heard a thing about our misadventure, which in
17 pounder anti-tank guns (These were mounted       my solo drive I came dangerously close to             retrospect could have been a lot worse if that
on a Sherman tank chassis powered by twin           hitting a parked vehicle with the right fender        cable had hit someone.
GM diesels. They were kept in a hangar at the       of the ¾ ton. Our first project was to install a           There were other significant events during
Mohawk Airfield just west of Deseronto.) There      rebuilt starter motor inside the hull of one of       my three years at the Armouries from 1950 to
were also a couple of Bren Gun Carriers, jeeps,     the M-10s. (With one working starter we could         1953, before I went to RMC (Royal Military
a ¾ ton Dodge truck (M-38), a couple of 60 cwt      start the first engine then use the clutch to start   College). I quickly qualified as a Junior NCO
CMP (Canadian Military Pattern) right-hand          the second.) The replacement job was difficult.       (non-commissioned officer) and was promoted
drive trucks and a Harley Davidson and a few        We performed it with the tank over a bay so we        Bombardier. Then I worked on my Sergeant’s
Norton motorcycles.                                 could easily get under it. The heavy hull plate       qualification and was promoted to Sergeant.
        Parade nights were every Tuesday and        on the bottom had to be removed, the failed           When I completed Grade XII and entered
Thursday evenings from 7 to 9. 34th Battery         starter removed and the replacement installed.        Grade XIII I joined the COTC (Canadian
officers were Major Joe Black, Battery              The starter motor seemed as large as the engine       Officer Training Corps) as an Officer Cadet.
Commander, Captain Alex Cunningham and              used in the small British car the Morris Minor.       So during my time at the Armouries I was a
Lieutenant Mac Smith. The unit CO was               But working under the guidance of Sgt Harper          member of the Gunners Mess, the Sergeant’s
Lieutenant Colonel MacGregor from Napanee.          we were successful. Then off we went with the         Mess and the Officers Mess. My training and
Major Everett Fairman was either second-in-         tank up and down the runways driving at speeds        experiences prepared me very well for my
command of the unit or the Battery Commander        up to 25 mph. It was a great thrill for a 15 year-    entry into RMC in September 1953 and, after
of the 32nd Battery. The Regular Force officer      old boy to take the controls of this huge vehicle.    graduation, into RCEME as an officer.

                                     The Regiment Journal              34        Plough Jockey, Vol 5 #2
      Early on I took a Driver Mechanic Track            the carrier it slid on the pavement sideways on       the empty casings fell beside me in the Jeep I
Group 1 course and passed. Our instructor                its steel tracks, pushed by the gun. Fortunately      was driving. I saved it for many years until it
was RCD Sergeant Coulson. I remember one                 the vehicle came to a stop just before it reached     disappeared. Others had five pound flour-
question on the exam which stumped me –                  the curb. It might have tipped over had it not        bombs dropped on them from a B-25 bomber.
“What do you do with a track that is worn?”              stopped.                                              At the end of the exercise many of us had a ride
The answer was to put the track on the other                   The second driving adventure north was          in a C-47 Dakota. I believe that was my first
way, i.e. turn it around. After I got my “Standing       on a Norton motorcycle. The route was up              airplane ride.
Orders”, which was a qualification that allowed          towards Bancroft, then on a dirt road through               Another exciting event was held at the
me to drive wheeled and tracked vehicles in              MacArthurs Mills to Denbigh, down to Kaladar,         Cobourg rifle range east of that town1. We took
the unit, I took the document to the Ontario             then to Tweed and back to Belleville. Going           our M-10 on a transporter and set it up on the
Driver Testing Office and, without even taking a         north through Madoc I was doing traffic control       shore of Lake Ontario. Sergeant Herbie Moon
driving test, was able to get my Ontario Drivers         duties for the other vehicles in the convoy. After    was the vehicle commander and he had the job
Permit at age 15.                                        the last vehicle had gone by I speeded north          to aim the 17 pounder. I was in the turret as a
     One evening Bud and I shared the driving            from the intersection to catch up and came to a       loader to put the 17 pounder shell in the breech
duties in a civilian pattern station wagon to            sharp left turn. I was going too fast and decided     of the gun. Our target was a row-boat anchored
transport Sgt Harper, Capt Wiermeyer and                 that I couldn’t make the turn. So I went straight     several hundred yards off shore. It was not a
another officer to Napanee and return. I did not         ahead across a lawn on an upward slope and            very large target – after several shots we had still
have very much driving experience at the time.           drove the bike between a large tree and the front     not hit the boat to sink it but had hit the flag
At one point I went into a “speed wobble” when           porch of the house back onto the highway.             pole on the stern of the craft. Then along came
I over corrected the steering. The vehicle started            This event recalls another experience I had      a P-51 Mustang and with a salvo of rockets blew
weaving down the highway. Bud, who was sitting           leaving the road unexpectedly. This time was in       the rowboat to pieces.
beside me, just reached over and took a hold of          a carrier. I was driving north through Foxboro               During the summer of 1951 (I had just
the steering wheel to steady it. This                                                                                     turned 16) I went on a summer job as
straightened out the station wagon                                                                                        a Call Out to Artillery Wing in Camp
and everyone on board breathed a                                                                                          Petawawa. I was a Bombardier. I
sigh of relief. Thank goodness Bud                                                                                        worked in the stores of Arty Wing
did the right thing.                                                                                                      and one of my jobs was keeping
    Under the direction of Lieutenant                                                                                     the Coke machine full. I also drove
Bob Phillips we had a motorcycle                                                                                          an ammunition truck loaded with
demonstration team. We practiced                                                                                          artillery shells. I remember the very
on our Norton bikes, I believe we had                                                                                     steep hill on the way to the firing
6 or 8. On the floor of the Armouries                                                                                     point and being concerned about
we did criss-cross maneuvers and the                                                                                      not letting the 60 cwt truck go too
like. We had a big crowd for our show                                                                                     fast down the hill. One week I was a
inside the Armouries and it went very                                                                                     driver for a Sexton self-propelled 25
well until the recognition ceremony at                                                                                    pounder. It was like an open tank with
the end. I could not restart my bike so                                                                                   a Sherman chassis. It was powered by
I had to push it off the floor. It was                                                                                    a Continental 9 cylinder air-cooled
an embarrassment. One weekend                                                                                             aircraft engine. Before starting this in
afternoon I was in the Armouries to ride my             Bill Campbell (left) and Herb Moon, 34th Battery, the morning it was necessary to turn a crank 40
bike. I had trouble getting it to start with the kick   9th AntiTank Regt, 1951 or 52 near Bancroft with times to turn the engine over twice to get the
starter so I asked a tall RCD soldier, Trooper             a 6 pounder gun towed by a Brengun Carrier          high octane fuel into the cylinders. The route
Smith, to give me a push so I could let out the                                                                from the vehicle park to the gun positions was
clutch and start the engine. He agreed and               where the road had a rather sharp curve going along a very sandy, dusty trail. I wore black
pushed the bike along on the floor. I turned the         through the village. (The carrier has primary and coveralls with a web belt. While driving I looked
throttle open and let out the clutch – nothing           secondary steering. In primary the front bogie out a square hole in the front of the vehicle. At
much happened – just a put - - put - - put. Then         wheels shift slightly to the right or left which will the end of the day the front of my coveralls was
all of a sudden the motor roared into life and I         guide the vehicle around a gradual curve on the filled with sand that had blown in through the
headed straight at the west wall at high speed.          highway. The secondary steering comes into port and down my neck. During the day while
Naturally I turned the handlebars to the left and        play when the steering wheel is turned past the at the firing point I just relaxed near the guns as
the tires of the bike lost their grip on the smooth      ¼ point and it causes the rear brake to be applied they were being fired.
floor and the bike went out from under me. As            to the appropriate side. It is strong enough to           There was a firepower demonstration every
I slid along the floor on my back I watched the          lock the track so that the carrier can be made to Thursday evening for the visiting Reserve
bike sliding on its side away from me until its          spin on the spot.) As I turned the steering wheel Army units at summer camp. It included lots of
tires hit the wall and the bike bumped along             to the right the secondary steering suddenly artillery fire and a drop of parachutists. Except
the wall because the power was still on. It was          engaged and the carrier swung on its slippery for one demonstration when I was at the viewing
probably a pretty close call for me.                     steel tracks. The vehicle left the road and went area I was a member of a 10 person gun-crew
      On other occasions we took two convoys             across a lawn and just missed a large tree on the for a 5.5 inch gun which was a medium artillery
to the north of Belleville over two separate             left before I stopped the carrier. I then tuned left piece. I was #9 or #10. We loaded up the Mack
weekends. The first time I drove a Bren Gun              and drove back onto the highway and continued truck with the ammunition and rode in the truck
Carrier towing a 6 pounder anti-tank gun                 on my way.                                            as it towed the gun to the range. My job was to
almost to Bancroft and back. The round trip was                One memorable event was a unit exercise place a 75 pound shell onto a cradle and with
probably over 125 miles. On the return trip I            held on the lands surrounding the Deseronto another man lift the cradle to the breech of the
remember almost losing control of the rig when           airfield. It was a joint exercise with the RCAF
I turned the corner in Madoc from Highway                and the RCN. At one point I was in a group 1                     The Cobourg rifle range was just on the
62 onto Highway 7. I was going a little too fast         that was attacked by a P-51 Mustang fighter East side of the present armoury. The north-south range
coming into the intersection so when I turned            plane shooting blank .303 cartridges. One of road can still be seen.
                                            The Regiment Journal               35        Plough Jockey, Vol 5 #2
gun so that a gunner could ram the shell into         Armouries in the early 1950s has made me
the breech. The 5.5 made a huge bang when it          appreciate what a rare opportunity I had as a
fired and in the dark the flame from the barrel       teenager. For me it was a tremendous learning
was impressive. I particularly remember the red       and growing experience second to none. I have
balls of tracer shells coursing through the night     fond memories of the many fine people I served
sky from the nearby 40 mm Bofors anti-aircraft        with, particularly Bud Lancaster, Jim Harper
gun onto the target area.                             and Mac Smith. Luckily my generation was
    On another occasion I visited our unit while      able to serve its entire career in the Canadian
members were firing the towed 17 pounder on           Armed Forces without having to face an enemy
the anti-tank range. I was off to the side of the     determined to kill us on the spot. Counting
firing point when a gun fired when I was not          my four years at RMC I served 12 years in the
prepared for it. This gun had a vicious crack and     Regular Force including three years as a RCEME
a sheet of green flame 30 feet high. I got quite a    officer with NATO in West Germany as part of
blast in my right ear.                                Canada’s 4 Canadian Infantry Brigade Group.
     When our unit had completed its week of          I left the Canadian Army in 1965 to take up a
training there was party on the beach on the          career with Xerox Corporation in Rochester,
Ottawa River. There was lots of beer so I             New York.
decided to try some and do an experiment. After
I drank each beer I went for a walk down the
                                                         Today I maintain my interest and support of
                                                      the Canadian military by serving as a Volunteer
                                                                                                           Not an Association
beach to see how it affected me. After the sixth
beer I fell down and had trouble getting up – I
                                                      Interpreter at the Canadian War Museum in
                                                      Ottawa. My favourite gallery, not surprisingly, is
was drunk for the first time in my life. Then next    the one with the Second World War vehicles. It
morning I was at the embarkation point to bid         includes a Norton motorcycle, a ¾ ton Dodge            If you - served, or are serving,
goodbye to the unit personnel as they boarded         truck, two Bren Gun Carriers, a Sexton self-                  - with or alongside
buses to return to Belleville. I did not feel very    propelled 25 pounder and a Sherman tank with                    The Regiment,
well – I had a headache and my stomach didn’t         the same twin diesel power train as the M-10                   in war or peace,
feel too well - I had my first hangover. Later in     I drove almost 60 years ago. When I talk to                 you can be a member
the summer I was assigned to work at the bar in       visitors about these vehicles I know what I am              for only $20 per year.
the Sergeants Mess. The first night on the job        talking about.
was a huge party that went into the wee hours of
                                                                                                                        Write to:
the morning. It was then I learned about mixing
rum and coke, rye and ginger and gin and tonic.                                                              The Hastings & Prince Edward
The place was a mess with dirty glasses piled                                                                   Regimental Association
high when the Mess finally closed. We were told                                                                   187 Pinnacle Street
to be back at 0700 hours, which was in about                                                                    Belleville, ON, KBN 3A5
four hours, to clean the place up. I ignored this
order and slept in until about 9. Working as a
                                                                                                              British World War One veteran Henry
barman in the Sergeants Mess was not for me.
                                                                                                           Allingham, the world’s oldest man, died on
I met with Captain Wiermeyer and my summer
                                                                                                           18 July 2009 at 113 years of age. Allingham
Call Out was over. I returned to Belleville, took a
                                                                                                           joined the Royal Naval Air Service as an air-
job with Pidutti and Fabri, a terrazzo contractor,
                                                                                                           craft mechanic in 1915 and a year later took
and bought my first car, a 1931 Studebaker for
                                                                                                           part in the Battle of Jutland, the war’s largest
                                                                                                           naval battle. During World War II he worked
     However, after that summer’s experience I
                                                                                                           on measures to counter magnetic mines.
began to enjoy the privilege of having a beer in
                                                                                                           Allingham co-wrote an autobiography with
the Gunners Mess. At age 16 this was something
                                                                                                           Dennis Goodwin, “Kitchener’s Last Volun-
– the legal drinking age in Ontario at the time
                                                                                                           teer,” - a reference to Britain’s war secretary
was 21. But my friends and I did not abuse the
                                                                                                           who rallied men to the cause.
privilege. After I had graduated to the Officers
                                                                                                             Britain’s last WW1 vet, Harry Patch died
Mess I remember one morning going to class at
                                                                                                           one week later on 25 July 2009 at 111 years,
BCI with a nasty headache from enjoying one to
                                                       Sgt Les Wazny crossing the Half Mara-               although one does remain - British-born
many rum and coke the night before.
                                                       thon finish line of the Canadian Army               Claude Choules (107), who is believed to
    Recording my recollections of my time spent
                                                                                                           have served in the Royal Navy during the
with the 9th Anti-Tank Regiment in the Belleville       Run, 19 September 2009 in Ottawa
                                                                                                           conflict, but now lives in Australia. Harry

                                                                                                           Patch joined up at 17 in the spring of 1918
                                                                                                           and was wounded at Passchendale.
                      Last issue Why! explained that WW1 ended in 1919, rather than                            Canada’s last surviving WW1 vet, John
 to 1918. One reason was that the Eastern Front continued on into 1919 since the Allies then               Babcock, living in the USA, turned 109
 actively supported the White (monachist) Russians against the Red (communist) Russians in the             years on 23 July 2009. The last known U.S.
 Revolution. The Canadian Siberia Expeditionary Force was described as 4,000 to 5,000 strong               veteran is Frank Buckles of Charles Town,
 including two batteries of artillery plus some RFC personnel. Other Canadian units involved               West Virginia, 108, who drove ambulances
 were ‘B’ Sqn Royal NorthWest Mounted Police, 16th Inf Bde HQ , 259th Inf Bn, 260th Inf Bn,                in France for the U.S. Army.
 16th Fd Coy Engineers, 20th Coy Cdn MachineGun Corps and a unit called N. Russia. [From                     Choules, Babcock and Buckles are now the
  A Call to Arms , by David W. Love, Bunker to Bunker Books]. Neither the 259th or 260th Bns               world’s only three remaining WWI veterans.
 were perpetuated and little is written about this part of Canadian history.                               There are no French or German veterans of
                                                                                                           the war left alive.

                                     The Regiment Journal              36        Plough Jockey, V5 #2
 Photo Album

                                                               Major Don Hobson’s joining the White Battal-
                                                               ion was reported last issue. Above is Don (cen-
                                                               tre photo) at the Picton Armoury, likely in the
                                                               late 1960’s. Can anyone name the others?
9 May 2009 - Hasty Ps again entered a team in the Lung         Right... Sgt (Retd) Bob McLuskie (second from right) carried the
Association’s Pull for Kids. Each teams must pay $100 in       Canadian flag in the Riverview Florida Spring Parade, March
registration fees and each member must raise a minimum         2009. They led 50 vets, including a few Canadians.
of $100 in pledges. Altogether $27,000 was raised for the
                                                               Right... Members of 1CAV Motorcycle
asthma help line. Each team is timed pulling fire trucks. In
                                                               Club attending the Belleville Veterans
this 5th annual event, our team failed to win, but as always
                                                               Council Vimy (WW1) and Battle of the
won the “Most Spirited Team” award. Team members
                                                               Atlantic (WW2) Remembrance Service
were: MCpl Stephan Barkema, Cpls Stuart Evans, Nicolas
                                                               2009 at the Belleville cenotaph. L to R: Reg
Honour, Eric Howie, Andrew Mustard, Kyle Tobin,
                                                               Stonge, Cathy Polan, Bruce Carneghie, Del
Angela Weiss, Ptes Chloe Chilvers, Patrick Fagan, Curtis
                                                               Henshaw, Nora and Mike Guay.
Watson, James White. Well Done!
                                                                              Photo by Wm Braynion, ANAF

 Members of the Regimental Museum’s Board of Directors for 2009-2010... Rear Row: Ron Tapp,
 Romeo Primeau, Bruce Nickson, Bill Hunt, Jim Taylor; Front Row: Chairman Ross Allan, Treaurer
                                                         Kay Kokesh and Secretary John Inrig.

                                                                 Above... A guitar once owned by
                                                                 Charles “Chuck” John Spatafore was
                                                                 donated by his son to the Hasty P
                                                                 Museum during the Coe Hill Military
                                                                 Vehicle Warriors’ Day Parade. Chuck
Thirteen names have been added to the Campbellford-Sey-          served in the Royal Canadian Army            The Regimental Museum’s latest acquisition is a
mour War Monument. The missing names were discovered             Service Corps as a driver and every-         106mm Recoilless Rifle Jeep (upper photo) for the
during the planning to restore the memorial. Renovation          where he stopped he played his guitar        weapon already in our collection. It was not easy find-
costs will be $32,200. Those overlooked earlier were...          then wrote the name of the town or           ing one of these special models - the front windscreen
World War One: Albert Armitage, Richard Bonneycastle, Albert     village around the periphery of the          has a gap allowing the barrel to rest forward while
Hugh Cowin, Herbert Cumming, William John Hartley, Roy           soundbox’s top. The locations span           travelling. At the same time a completely refurbished
Hinchcliffe, Thomas Andrew Ingram, Edward Innes, William         from Greenoch, Scotland in 1941 to           chassis and engine were bought (lower photo). When
Lamb, Murney Lemon, William Anderson Murray, Roy Nadoo.          Juno Beach - France - Belgium - Hol-         the body is refurbished it will be placed on this chassis
World War Two: Neil Wesley McArthur.                             land - Berlin, Germany to Courtrais in       and be ready to roll. The Hastings & Prince Edward
TRJ-PJ has no knowledge at this time if the WW1’s had            1947. Twice his truck was hit by shell-      Regt had an antitank role in the late 60’s - early 70’s
joined one of The Regiment’s perpetuated units. McArthur         fire, but he repaired damages to his gui-    and fired this weapon. By the Jeep in the lower photo
(WW2) was not serving in The Regiment when he died.              tar and continued playing.                   are John Sherry, Jack Grindrod and Clare Reid.
Honorary Lieutenant Colonel Bob Wigmore just after firing the Limber Gunners
    Association 25 Pounder at Coe Hill Warriors Days - 5 September 2009.
 Bob commented that during World War Two he had many 25 pounder rounds
    fired over his head, but this was the first time he ever got to fire the gun.

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