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Battlefield Pilgrimage - April 2015

In the spring of 2015, The Calgary Highlanders commemorated the 100th anniversary of the regiment's baptism of fire at Kitcheners Wood on 22 April 1915. Major Peter Boyle once again did the lion's share of the planning, as he did for the regiment's Battlefield Pilgrimage in 2010 in commemoration of the centennial anniversary of the regiment's creation on 1 April 1910.

The battle at Kitcheners Wood involved two units: the 10th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force (perpetuated today by The Calgary Highlanders) and the 16th Battalion, C.E.F. (perpetuated today by The Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary's).) However, this action was only a smaller part of the overall 2nd Battle of Ypres which involved 10,000 men of the 1st Canadian Division. To that end, a number of other Canadian reserve units sent groups, large and small, to participate in some of the events surrounding the centennial anniversary of the fighting near St.Julien and Ypres in April 1915. In addition to the formal commemorations at St. Julien on 22 April 2015, these units ranged far and wide around Europe, coming together at different times for different events. The other major units which the Calgary Highlanders' tour interacted with were The British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught's Own) who perpetuate the 7th Battalion, C.E.F., and The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry (Wentworth Regiment) who perpetuate the 4th Battalion, C.E.F. Accompanying the various groups also were soldiers from the 10th Field Battery, Royal Canadian Artillery, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, and 746 (Calgary) Communication Squadron.

Day Date Summary of Day Link to Photos
1 17 Apr 15 (Friday) Assemble at Calgary Airport and depart for Europe.  
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18 Apr 15 (Saturday)

Arrival in London.  
3 19 Apr 15 (Sunday) Rehearsal (Hyde Park Barracks)
Parade at Canada Memorial (Green Park).
Royal Reception at Canada House.
Formal Dinner at Victory Services Club.

Day 3

4 20 Apr 15 (Monday) Bisley shoot.  
5 21 Apr 15 (Tuesday) Travel to Belgium.  
6 22 Apr 15 (Wednesday) Follow steps of 10th Bn to Kitcheners’ Wood, parade at Vancouver Corner and Dinner at Kitcheners’ Wood.  
7 23 Apr 15 (Thursday) Tour of Ypres Salient and Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate.  

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24 Apr 15 (Friday) Tour of Somme Battlefields.  

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25 Apr 15 (Saturday) Plaque unveiling at Villers-les-Cagnicourt.
Visit to Vimy Monument.
 
10 26 Apr 15 (Sunday) Visit to Walcheren Island and Causeway.  
11 27 Apr 15 (Monday) Travel to Normandy with stops in Dieppe.  

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28 Apr 15 (Tuesday) Visits to D-Day sites including Juno Beach and Abbey d'Ardenne.  
13 29 Apr 15 (Wednesday) Caen and South, visit to Hill 67 and Clair Tison, Final dinner.  
14 30 Apr 15 (Thursday) Bayeux and American D-Day sites.  
15 1 May 15 (Friday) Return to Calgary.  

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