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Cover Photos 2004 - 2006
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Cover Photo

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Dec 2006

Darrell Knight served with The Calgary Highlanders and trained with various military units domestically and internationally during the Cold War.  In October 2006, he launched an updated version of the history of the 31st (Alberta) Battalion, CEF, which he edited. Mr. Knight is currently a member of the 10th Battalion Calgary Highlanders Association as well as the Society of Military and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary. His next book will the history of 665 Air Observation Post Squadron of the RCAF, which carried Army artillery observers aloft during the Second World War.  Mr. Knight is only one of many former Calgary Highlanders to have had success in writing about military history; details of some others may be found on the page on Regimental Authors.

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Nov 2006

Floyd Orin Rourke, DCM, still serving the Regiment in 2006. Photographed at the annual Peacekeeper's Day, and inset as he appeared in 1945. Rourke was a Lance Corporal in "A" Company on 26 April 1945 when his platoon commander and the senior NCOs of his platoon were hit by enemy fire during an assault on Gruppenbühren, Germany. Taking command, he led the remnants of Number Nine Platoon through heavy 20mm, light machine gun and small arms fire over 700 yards of open ground, through barbed wire, and into a system of enemy entrenchments. After achieving the company objective, Rourke reorganized the platoon and made a further bound to capture the crew of an 88mm gun, putting the weapon out of action. Rourke was one of only seven Calgary Highlanders awarded the DCM - a gallantry award ranked second only to the Victoria Cross. Mr. Rourke continues to appear at Regimental functions, and honoured the unit with his presence at the annual Walcheren Causeway commemoration on 1 November 2006.

Main photo courtesy of Warrant Officer Martin Woods, CD; inset Calg Highrs Photo.

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Oct 2006

After less than a year's tenure, Pipe Major Mike Giles has improved the quality of the band such that the Pipes and Drums took Best Pipe Band in the 2006 Calgary Stampede Parade, Best Canadian Band overall, and 1st place in their grade in the Highland Games in High River in August 2006 against a strongly competitive field. Pipe Major Giles' biography is listed at

Under the strong leadership of Pipe Major Giles, shown here leading the band to its victory in High River in August 2006, the Pipes and Drums have earned more consistent competitive successes than at any time since the tenure of Pipe Major Don Maxwell, MMM, CD.

Shannon Armstrong Photo

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Sep 2006

Warrant Officer Mike Smith, in front of one of the Grizzlies that Canada has given the African Union for the African Union Mission in Sudan. WO Smith is as of this writing serving in Africa as an instructor on Grizzly weapons systems (including both the M2 .50 calibre machine gun and the C6 (7.62mm) General Purpose Machine Gun) and assisting African officers and soldiers train for peacekeeping duties in the Sudan.

Photo courtesy WO Mike Smith

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Aug 2006

Warrant Officer Bruce Waterhouse, CD, in a photograph from the recent publication "Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders" by Alastair Campbell of Airds. As the Argylls undergo amalgamation into The Royal Regiment of Scotland, this book chronicles the history of the regiment, including the part that individuals like Bruce Waterhouse played. Waterhouse, a long serving Calgary Highlander, served a term of engagement as a Corporal (equivalent to a Canadian Sergeant) with the 1st Battalion, A&SH, including a tour of Northern Ireland (as attested by his General Service Medal) before returning to the Calgary Highlanders. Warrant Officer Waterhouse (photographed here at the Queen's Parade in 1990 at McMahon Stadium) passed away at a relatively young age; his medals are on display at the regimental gallery at The Military Museums (formerly known as The Museum of the Regiments) in Calgary. The book, by Tempus Publishing Ltd, was published in December 2005 with ISBN number 0752435388.

Thanks to Archie Mac Laine, A&SH (ret.), for the scan.

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July 2006

Roy Alexander Farran, who passed away at the age of 85 in June 2006, was the first author to publish a history of The Calgary Highlanders. As compared to his many personal achievements, it was  just one among many professional accomplishments. Roy Farran was commissioned into the British Army and saw combat early in the Second World War, commanding tanks in Africa and later on Crete where he was wounded, captured, awarded the Military Cross, and escaped from Greece, taking 9 days to sail to Egypt. He acted as ADC to Major General Jock Campbell, VC, commander of the 7th Armoured Division (The Desert Rats). He was later wounded in action again, and after parachute training, joined the 2nd Special Air Service.

He led a raid on a lighthouse in Sicily and participated in several commando missions in southern Italy, eventually being awarded the Military Cross three times in total. On 19 August 1944, he led 60 men and 20 jeeps in Operation WALLACE, one of the most successful post D-Day SAS operations in France. He was just 23 years old at the time. He led his men 200 miles behind enemy lines, inflicting 500 enemy casualties, destroying 95 vehicles, a train, and 100,000 gallons of gasoline. An illicit leave in Paris on the return journey did not dissuade his superiors from awarding the Distinguished Service Order. Farran returned to Italy, where he won the US Legion of merit. He finished the war in Norway, then went to Palestine and Sandhurst, followed by work in Scotland and Africa. He lost a bid for a seat in the British Parliament, and came to Calgary where he spent the rest of his life. He founded the weekly North Hill News, published History of The Calgary Highlanders 1921-1954, and was elected to the Legislature in 1961, where he remained until 1979, holding two ministerial appointments.

His many military awards included the Croix de Guerre, and in 1994 was awarded the Legion d'Honneur for his work in facilitating Franco-Canadian student exchanges. He published several other books, including two about his time in the SAS entitled Winged Dagger (1948) and Operation Tombola (1960).

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June 2006

In Autumn and September 2006, actor Paul Gross will star in and direct the film Passchendaele, inspired by the true story of his grandfather, Sergeant Michael Dunne of the 10th Battalion, CEF (forerunners of The Calgary Highlanders). The Tenth Battalion earned the Battle Honour Passchendaele during the Third Battle of Ypres in 1917; notably at Hill 52 in November, when the battalion was tasked at the last minute to capture a prominent feature, and did so with only light casualties.

The film is scheduled to shoot at CFB Suffield, as well as locations in Calgary and Belgium, with post-production to finish in time for a Remembrance Day release.

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May 2006

As fans of the Calgary Flames watch with excitement the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, The Calgary Highlanders' regimental hockey team, the Oakleafs, reflect on a hard-fought season, culminating in their 4-1 playoff performance and a well earned League championship. At left, team captain Chris Tucker during an exhibition game against the British Army Training Unit Suffield team.

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Apr 2006

One of twenty-five Calgary Highlanders currently deployed to Afghanistan, Corporal Adam Wanvig poses for the camera. Canadian soldiers on Operation ARCHER continue to conduct active operations, including in some cases contact with the enemy.

Photo courtesy Corporal Adam Wanvig

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Mar 2006

Former Calgary Highlander officer Lloyd Swick, photographed in Ottawa at a Victory in Europe Day event in 2005.   The event was hosted by the government of The Netherlands.  Mr. Swick wears standard veteran's dress, a regimental blazer with crest and regimental tie, as well as regimental headdress and his decorations - including not only awards for the Second World War, but also for service in the Korean War, and UNMOGIP (a UN observer mission in India/Pakistan), as well as the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal and the Canadian Forces Decoration with bar, indicating at least 22 years of service in the Canadian military.

Photo courtesy Warrant Officer W.E. Storey, Mapping and Charting Establishment, Canadian Military Engineers

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February 2006

January 2006 has seen the safe return of Warrant Officer Martin Woods from a tour of duty in Afghanistan, as well as the deployment of several more Calgary Highlanders to the region as the Canadian Forces commitment to that area increases.  The regiment continues to set its sights on Task Force 0407, which will hopefully see a sizeable contingent of Calgary Highlanders deployed as a formed unit.

The Canadian Forces have had soldiers deployed to the area since the immediate aftermath to the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001.  While democracy has been restored to the country, members of both international terrorist organizations as well as the former Taliban regime continue to operate in both urban centres and the Afghan countryside.   As Warrant Woods' photo shows, Canadian soldiers in theatre are completely and appropriately equipped to perform the variety of duties with which they've been tasked, from aid to the civil population, to combat operations.

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January 2006

The past year has been a significant one for the Calgary Highlanders.  2005 had been declared The Year of the Veteran by The Honourable Albina Guarnieri, Minister of Veteran's Affairs, and in recognition all members of the Canadian Forces wore a special pin on their uniform throughout the year.  Alberta also marked its Centennial, and several Calgary Highlanders were recognized with the Alberta Centennial Medal for service both within and outside the military, including outgoing CO Lieutenant Colonel F. Lee Villiger.

Most significantly, the Regiment was again inspected by the Colonel-in-Chief, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, in May.  As 2005 recedes into history, the Highlanders now turn their attention to preparing for operational deployments; the new year sees many soldiers either deployed to Afghanistan, or en route, having completed their pre-deployment training.

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Specialist Jeremiah C. Schmunck of Richland, Washington was serving with 1st Battalion, 161st Infantry Regiment, Washington Army National Guard on 8 July 2004 when his vehicle came under fire in Baghdad. He was 21 years of age when he was killed.  The Calgary Highlanders have had a long association with this battalion, and felt a great sense of anxiety to learn they were activated for war service in Iraq from April 2004 to April 2005.

The photo of Schmunck at left was taken at "Yellowcake", an Iraqi Nuclear research facility, by Specialist Matt O'Boyle. The battalion operated for a time out of Forward Operating Base "Highlander", named in honour of the association between the two units, until all bases in the country were ordered renamed with Iraqi titles. Specialist O'Boyle writes:"Confused? So were WE. Three name changes in less than a year...we'd have a briefing before a patrol and spend 10 or 20 minutes just debating the name of a camp or FOB." Four soldiers of the 161st gave their lives on operations in Iraq.

Photo courtesy Specialist Matt O'Boyle, Company Armorer, Headquarters Platoon, B Company, 1st Battalion, 161st Infantry Regiment, (Moses Lake, WA)

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Every year the Battle of Walcheren Causeway is commemorated with a parade and mess dinner.   This year's rememberance is sadder in the knowledge that we have lost one more soldier who was actually there; Bill Powell passed away shortly before the 61st Anniversary of the battle.  Powell - photographed at left in early 1944 as a sergeant - remustered into the Highlanders just days after the fighting in Normandy ended, serving as platoon runner in "B" Company under Lieutenant Alec Kellar, MC, MM, and later made acting Corporal and given command of a section.  He saw intense action at Hoogerheide and South Beveland in October 1944.  On Hallowe'en night, "B" Company made the first attemped crossing of the Walcheren Causeway after "C" Company of the Black Watch were rebuffed, and managed a toehold on a crater halfway across.  Two more days of bitter fighting ensued.  Powell was not among the 107 Highlanders killed or 327 wounded in the Scheldt fighting; his turn would come on 21 December 1944 when a serious wound would end his war.  The Regiment is saddened by the loss of Bill Powell, who wrote in 1998 in a self-published memoir "I have been proud to have been a member (and shall always consider myself one) of the Calgary Highlanders."

Photo courtesy the late Bill Powell

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Honeymoon portrait of Company Sergeant Major William L. ("Bill") Lyster and his wife Eswyn, taken after their wedding on 21 August 1943 in the United Kingdom.  Bill Lyster served at Dieppe as a sergeant with the Mortar Platoon of the Calgary Highlanders, being awarded a Mention in Despatches for his part in downing a German aircraft over the invasion beaches.  Lyster returned from the Raid and later became the first Canadian awarded the Belt and Sword of Honour for finishing first in his class at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst.  Lyster went into action with the Calgary Highlanders in October 1944.  He was wounded in February 1945, but returned to the Highlanders to be wounded again in April, by this time commanding one of the rifle companies in the rank of Major.

Eswyn Lyster has remained active since Bill Lyster's passing in 1996, assembling a national registry of Canadian war brides.

Vancouver Island Military Museum Society Photo

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Advancing # with Purpose: The Calgary Highlanders begin a new training year with a new Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Tom Manley, CD - shown here leading the Regiment in the Advance in Review Order after the Claymore was passed to him at the Change of Command parade on 2 April 2005.  The new training year will place the emphasis on individual training, with the promise of greatly increased opportunities for operational duties in the coming months.  Lieutenant Colonel Manley succeeded Lieutenant Colonel Lee Villiger, CD. 

The Calgary Highlanders are always looking for keen new soldiers; prospective recruits can visit the website illustrated in the photo, or view the recruiting information on this website by clicking Career Information in the left hand frame.

Photograph courtesy Nancy Desilets

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Commander in Chief of the Canadian Armed Forces, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson.  As Governor General Clarkson's tenure as the Queen's Representative in Canada comes to a close, soldiers across the country are taking time to pause and reflect on the outstanding support she and her husband, His Excellency John Ralston Saul, have provided to the CF on an ongoing basis.  The photo is from the offical website of the Governor General, and she wears the insignia of the Order of Canada.  As a journalist, she was admitted to the Order in the rank of Officer in 1992, and was made Chancellor and Principal Companion of the Order of Canada upon appointment as Governor General in 1999.  Governor General Clarkson also holds several decorations as a mark of her appointment, including the Canadian Forces Decoration, normally given for twelve years of service and good conduct in the CF.  The inset of the photo shows the Canadian Forces rank slip-on she would wear should she choose to dress in Army uniform.  

Photograph from the Official Website of the Governor General
Rank slip on photo courtesy of John Cameron,

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Sergeant Fabio Lacentra of the Calgary Detachment of 15 Medical Company instructs Highlanders in the art of rappelling, using Mewata Armouries as a convenient training aide.  Sergeant Lacentra is an experienced mountaineer and - until the mandatory transfer of all medical personnel out of Militia infantry regiments - a long time Calgary Highlander.  Sergeant Lacentra provides instruction and expertise in a wide variety of training including Basic Mountain Operations courses, climbing, rapelling and other skills one would expect to find in a light infantry unit located so close to the Rocky Mountains.

Photograph courtesy Corporal Steve Welsh

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Ready to stop the Red Hordes - Berlin, 1969.  Private Archie Mac Laine of the 1st Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise's), at the controls of an FV -432 in the divided city of Berlin during the Cold War.  This vehicle was the most common tracked vehicle in the British Army in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and was similar to the Canadian M113.

Private Mac Laine served in the Argylls - the British Army affiliate Regiment of the Calgary Highlanders - for 27 years and at one point served alongside the late Warrant Officer Bruce Waterhouse, who served a tour of duty with the Argylls including service in Northern Ireland.   Private Mac Laine's greetings can be found on the Transitions 2005 page. 

The Warrant Officer Bruce Waterhouse Memorial Award is presented each year to the person deemed most worthy by the Warrant Officers of the Regiment, more information can be found on the Regimental Trophies page.

Photograph courtesy Archie Mac Laine

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Lieutenant Jason Heller bears the Regimental Colour on the Freedom of the City of Calgary parade to mark the anniversary of the Battle of St.Julien, and the counter-attack of the regiment's predecessor, the Tenth Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force, at Kitchener's Wood on the night of 21-22 April 1915.

The Regiment exercises its traditional right to march through the city's streets with drums beating, colours flying and pipes playing each year on the anniversary of this historic action.  At the annual dinner of the 10th Battalion Calgary Highlanders Association, held immediately after the church parade and wreath laying at City Hall, Lieutenant Heller was recognized as the most outstanding junior officer of the 2004 calendar year.

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Life size representation of Captain Enoch Sales, in the uniform of the 103rd Regiment (Calgary Rifles).  On 1 April 1910, this regiment of the Canadian Militia was raised by Lieutenant Colonel William C.G. Armstrong, after several unsuccessful attempts to raise a local regiment.  In the early 1920s, the 103rd Regiment was reorganized into The Calgary Highlanders and The Calgary Regiment (today the King's Own Calgary Regiment).

On 2 April 2005, the Calgary Highlanders celebrated their 95th birthday, as well as welcomed Lieutenant Colonel Tom Manley, CD, as their new Commanding Officer.  Lieutenant Colonel Lee Villiger, CD, leaves behind a legacy of pride in the unit; evidenced in small part by two of his personal initiatives - the regimental colours painted on the Armouries wall, as well as the historic photos seen behind the figure of Captain Sales. 

The Calgary Highlanders look forward to another historic birthday, when Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Colonel-in-Chief of the Regiment, visits in May 2005 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Alberta's admission to Confederation.

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Hollywood's depiction of the Calgary Highlanders: actors Jack Watson and Richard Dawson in the 1968 feature film The Devil's Brigade.  The film was based on the actual exploits of the Canadian-American First Special Service Force (1SSF).  Corporal Peacock and Private MacDonald both wear the insignia of the Calgary Highlanders.  In actual fact, Major J.G. McQueen of the Calgary Highlanders was the first senior Canadian officer of the real-life First Special Service Force.  Other members of the 1SSF also had direct connections to the Calgary Highlanders (more information on wartime Calgary Highlanders serving with the 1SSF can be found at this link).   Postwar Calgary Highlanders RSM David Boyer  was at one time also a member of the 1SSF.  The Force won fame in Italy, being nicknamed "die Teufel's Brigade" by the Germans - "The Devil's Brigade."   

Students of regimental dress will note some major inaccuracies with the uniforms in the movie, but the cap badges and shoulder flashes pictured are correct for the Regiment during this period.

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Lieutenant James Taylor, in a portrait taken during the Second World War.  Over 600 Canadian officers served directly in the British Army as part of the CANLOAN program; four Calgary Highlanders were among them.  James Taylor is the last surviving member of that group.  He enlisted in the Calgary Highlanders 13 days after war was declared on Germany in September 1939.  After commissioning in Canada in 1943, he volunteered to serve with the British, and returned to England in May 1944.  In September, he rode a glider into the Arnhem area during Operation MARKET GARDEN.  After seven days of savage close quarter fighting against SS armoured troops, Taylor was wounded, and eventually captured with the majority of the 1st British Airborne Division.  One other Calgary Highlander CANLOAN, Earl Harcourt, was captured with him, serving in the same battalion.  The other two CANLOANs had been killed in action in Normandy with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and the Royal Scots.

Taylor returned to Canada and served in the regular Army, with postings to Vietnam, India and West Germany.  In 1970, after retirement from the regulars, he commanded a squadron of the British Columbia Dragoons, and in 1972 assumed command of the regiment as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Photograph courtesy LCol (retd) James Taylor, CD

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Corporal Greg Harder, on Exercise Black Bear in Calgary, November 2004.  Urban operations training encompasses many unique skills, such as house-to-house fighting and room clearing.  Corporal Harder is shown here on a street patrol (the Calgary Science Centre is visible in the background).  He is equipped with the latest in military radios and carries the C8 carbine.  Body armour is worn over his uniform, and the camouflage shoulder yoke contains an array of laser detecting sensors.  His carbine is fitted with both a blank firing attachment (BFA) and also a laser emitter, allowing for realistic casualty assessment during combat training. Corporal Harder is one of many long-serving junior NCOs who make up the heart and soul of the rifle sections.

Photograph by Corporal Shawn McDonald, 41 Canadian Brigade Group

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Private Matt Sagastume, on Exercise Black Bear in Calgary, November 2004.  Unit training in 2004-2005 is geared on operations in the urban environment - something that has seen a lot of world press thanks to US operations in Iraq, notably Falluja, and the concept of the "three block war" originating in the US Marine Corps.  The concept is one which finds friendly military forces engaging in conventional "high intensity" warfare operations, peacekeeping operations, humanitarian aid missions, and/or guerilla warfare/"low intensity" operations, all within the same geographical area.   The Calgary Highlanders are continually training to meet these kinds of modern demands.

The C8 carbine, carried by Private Sagastume, was at one time considered a weapon for vehicle crews but is now becoming more popular in militaries around the world as the main service rifle of infantry on combat deployments. US soldiers (whose version is called the M4) swear by it in Iraq, and the PPCLI preferred it to the C7 while conducting air assault operations in Afghanistan.   The Canadian Forces continue to provide the Regiment and the Army with the tools it needs to fight on the modern day battlefield.

Photograph by Corporal Shawn McDonald, 41 Canadian Brigade Group

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Warrant Officer Brian S. King, CD, in an image taken from a promotional photo of the Regimental Pipes and Drums done in 1988. Warrant Officer King served in the Regiment as an infantryman and piper after his enlistment in the early 1970s.  Extra-regimental employment included service in Germany for NATO exercises as well as a tour with the UN Observer Force in the Golan Heights.  As a Warrant Officer, he served as both Pipe Sergeant and Drum Major of the Regimental Pipes and Drums before commissioning as a Lieutenant and assuming the duties of Curator of the Regimental Museum and Archives.  Lieutenant King was the Regiment's first webmaster and original creator of this site.  He is currently serving at 41 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters.

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Private Brendan O'Shea, photographed in Wainwright in August 2004, participating in Exercise ACTIVE EDGE.   The dramatic changes the Regiment has seen in clothing and equipment in recent years are evident in the photo.  Behind O'Shea is a Leopard C2 main battle tank.   Annual summer exercises have been a tradition of the Militia for over a century; in recent decades they have provided Reservists with the chance to train with equipment not normally available during regular unit training in the course of the year.

ACTIVE EDGE is an annual exercise conducted by Land Force Western Area (LFWA), replacing the older MILCONS (Militia Concentrations); the aim of this exercise is officially to increase the collective training capabilities of the Reserves. Calgary Highlanders participating in this year's exercise underwent much interesting training, and exposure to heavy equipment such as the Leopard and the LAV III.

Photo courtesy Private Brendan O'Shea

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September 2004

Corporal Steven Kormendy, a member of the Calgary Highlanders Scout and Sniper Platoon, photographed near Kapellen, Belgium, by Army Film and Photo Unit photographer Ken Bell on 6 October 1944.  The Scout and Sniper Platoon were the forerunners of the modern day Reconnaissance ("Recce") Detachments.  Their job was to scout the battlefield, and when circumstances permitted, engage the enemy with specialized sniper equipment such as the Lee Enfield No. 4 Mk I (T) rifle shown here.

The 2004-2005 training year will see the Regiment concentrating on small unit taskings, including patrolling, and a 14 man team will be picked to represent the Regiment in the Cambrian Patrol, an annual contest dating back to 1959 that has evolved into an international competition that in recent years has tested the patrolling and recce skills of soldiers from the United Kingdom, Canada, Italy, Belgium, The Netherlands, and the United States.

Public Archives of Canada photo 131245 (Ken Bell)

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August 2004

Captain Jeffery Williams, photographed in the autumn of 1944.  Jeffery Williams joined the Calgary Highlanders as a Private in 1937, commissioned as an officer in 1939, and went overseas with the initial contingent of Calgary Highlanders aboard SS Pasteur in the Autumn of 1940.  He moved on to staff duties with the headquarters of both the 5th Canadian Infantry Brigade and 2nd Canadian Division.  Remaining badged as a Calgary Highlander, he served with other Calgary Highlanders at 2nd Division headquarters such as Captain "Ted" Insinger (killed at Dieppe) and H.T.R. "Funny" Gregg (who later commanded the Calgary Highlanders in the 1950s).  Williams ended the war as a Major, and in 1951 went to Korea as a company commander with the PPCLI.  He served as an officer in the Canadian Forces until 1971.

Jeffery Williams has since became a prolific and well recognized author of military history; in 2003 he released his autobiography Far From Home: A Memoir of a 20th Century Soldier.  Full details can be found on the Regimental Historians and Authors and Books pages.

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July 2004

Major Russell Lambert Boyle of the 15th Light Horse, photographed in 1912.  Major Boyle would become the first Commanding Officer of the Tenth Battalion, CEF, and be mortally wounded at Kitcheners' Wood on the night of 22-23 April 1915.  In 1939, history would repeat itself when another officer of the recently amalgamated 15th Alberta Light Horse - Lieutenant Colonel J. Fred Scott - became the first wartime Commanding Officer of The Calgary Highlanders, who jointly perpetuated the Tenth Battalion along with the Winnipeg Light Infantry.

Lieutenant Colonel Boyle had seen combat in South Africa prior to his service in World War One; likewise Lieutenant Colonel Scott had seen action in the First World War prior to commanding the Highlanders in the Second World War.  The bell tent (such as the one behind Major Boyle) would be a common sight on Militia exercises up until the 1970s.

Photograph courtesy South Alberta Light Horse Archives, via Donald Graves

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June 2004

Unidentified Non-Commissioned Officer of the Calgary Highlanders, CASF photographed at Mewata Stadium in December 1939.   The Regiment mobilized a battalion for the Canadian Active Service Force on 1 September, and by the time war was declared against Germany on 10 September, there were more recruits than uniforms.  The Regiment would wait many months for modern Battle Dress uniforms, equipment and weapons.  This Highlander still proudly wears the Service Dress uniform in which the previous generation had served in the trenches of France and Flanders.  Mewata Stadium has been torn down and in its place today is Millenium Park.  Where soldiers once trained for war, young girls and boys now practice their skateboard skills.

Beginning in July of this year, the Regiment will be marking the 60th Anniversary of its contribution to the Victory Campaign in Northwest Europe.  The Calgary Highlanders landed in Normandy one month after D-Day, and saw extensive combat beginning with Hill 67, and continuing on through August.   By September, the Regiment had advanced into Belgium, leading the way across the Albert Canal, and then fighting to open the approaches to Antwerp in October.  After wintering near Nijmegen, the Regiment again saw vicious combat during the fighting on both sides of the River Rhine from February to March 1945, and ended the war with street fighting in Doetinchem and Groningen.  Over 400 Calgary Highlanders lost their lives between 6 July 1944 and Victory in Europe Day in May 1945.

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May 2004

Fine character study of Sergeant Chris Tucker, on exercise at Fort Lewis, Washington in March 2004.  Sergeant Tucker was presented the J.Fred Scott Memorial Cup at the St. Julien's Dinner in April 2004 as Top Athlete in the Regiment, having captained the Oak Leafs in the 2003-2004 season.  The team's penalty minute statistics stand in mute tribute to his competitiveness.   Off the ice, Sergeant Tucker commanded an infantry section of the Regiment's CRIC (Composite Reserve Infantry Company) Platoon that served in the former Yugoslavia as part of Roto 11 in the winter of 2002-2003.

Sergeant Tucker epitomizes the idea that an Infantry Regiment lives or dies by the toughness, experience, and professionalism of its senior non-commissioned officers.

Photograph by Corporal Shawn McDonald, 41 Canadian Brigade Group

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April 2004

(Top) Hollywood's depiction of the Tenth Battalion at war - Brad Pitt and Henry Thomas in a scene from the film Legends of the Fall.

(Bottom) The reality - the Brooding Soldier memorial near St. Julien commemorates the 18000 Canadians who withstood the first poison gas attacks of the war on the Western Front, 2000 of whom are buried nearby.

The Calgary Highlanders held their annual commemoration of the Battle of St. Julien on 24 April 2004.  The Tenth Battalion - forerunners of the Calgary Highlanders - went into action 816 men strong on 21 April 1915 and by 5 May some 718 men had been killed or wounded.  These losses, suffered in under half a month, made up some 20% of the Battalion's total casualties during 45 months of active service from February 1915 to November 1918.

Legends of the Fall is the copyrighted property of TriStar Entertainment.

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March 2004

Private Shawn McDermott of "A" Company, photographed in May 2003 during a joint exercise involving The Calgary Highlanders and the Canadian Pacific Railway Police.  Private McDermott carries the tool of the Infantry trade - a C7A1 service rifle - and wears the new camouflage uniform known as CADPAT (for Canadian Disruptive Pattern).  The Tam O'Shanter is a traditional headdress worn by Highland infantry units and is just one of the distinctive traditional uniform components worn by the Regiment.

Photograph by Corporal Michael Dorosh, "A" Company

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