Men's Christmas Dinner
17 Dec 2005
2Lt Gavin Mills
||Alberta Centennial Medal
At the Men's Christmas
Dinner, three more Calgary Highlanders received the Alberta Centennial Medal from the
Commanding Officer, Acting Private Tom Manley. Congratulations to
Warrant Officer Gerald
Sergeant Dennis Russell
Corporal Michael Dorosh
More information on the award is
available at this link.
Major Flint Walters was presented with the official scroll for his promotion to
Chief Warrant Officer.
There is a popular saying
floating around the Army thanks to the Internet:
When you Commission
something, you put it into service
When you Warrant something, you guarantee it will work!
Congratulations to those
soldiers who were present at the dinner to receive their promotions. Regimental
Sergeant Major, Acting Corporal Flint Walters, sends a hearty "well, there's always
next Christmas" to those who were not present to receive their promotion.
Promoted at the dinner were
Master Corporal Cody Martin
Master Corporal Mark Nussbaumer (marking the third national military force he has
qualified for a leadership role in)
Corporal Sara Hein
Photos of the
dinner are available at this link.
23 Nov 2005
From the Canadian Combat
23 November 2005
Master Corporal Mike Kotuk, from the 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light
Infantry (3 PPCLI), mans the machine gun from the turret of a G-Wagen while providing
security cover in Kandahar,
Afghanistan. Members of 3 PPCLI serving with the Provincial
Reconstruction Team (PRT) stopped at various locations in Kandahar city to fill out
questionnaires presented to a variety of Afghans about various issues.
Photo By MCpl Robert Bottrill,
Canadian Forces Combat Camera
The Canadian PRT is conducting operations in Kandahar, Afghanistan and has brought
together representatives from the Canadian Forces, Foreign Affairs Canada (FAC), the
Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police
(RCMP). In an integrated Canadian effort, under Operation ARCHER, ROTO 0, the PRT will
reinforce the authority of the Afghan government in and around Kandahar and help stabilize
and rebuild the region. The PRT includes about 250 soldiers, drawn largely from Land
Forces Western Area.
Master Corporal Kotuk was
a long time Calgary Highlander before leaving for the Regular Force in 2005.
The Ladies Auxiliary reports that this year's Oktoberfest
event was a success and passes on the following message:
"The Ladies Auxiliary would like to thank all who
attended and helped with this event. The fundraiser was a huge success. We
plan to make this an annual event".
Photo of the Oktoberfest event courtesy of the Ladies
Auxiliary. From left to right: Margaret Stewart, Maria Emslie, Helen McCumber,
Shelley Russell, Renee Griffiths, and Dana Poland.
The Royal Regiment of
Scotland - 24 Nov 2005
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II granted Royal
Assent to wide-sweeping changes in the Infantry Regiments of the British Army, including a
drastic reformation of the Scottish Division.
The new Scottish Division will consist of one
Regiment - The Royal Regiment of Scotland. Changes will be complete in 2006.
The allied regiment of The Calgary Highlanders will become a one-battalion component of
the new Regiment. It is unclear at present what elements of dress and tradition will
be retained (i.e. sporran pattern, tartan, glengarry pattern, etc.). One single cap
badge has been selected for the new Regiment, and individual battalions will be designated
by coloured hackles behind the badge.
|1st Battalion The Royal Scots
(The Royal Regiment)
|From 28 Mar 06 to 1
Aug 06 becomes
The Royal Scots Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland
then merges to become
The Royal Scots Borderers,
1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland
|1st Battalion The Royal Highland
Fusiliers (Princess Margaret’s Own Glasgow and Ayrshire Regiment)
||The Royal Highland Fusiliers,
2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland
The King’s Own Scottish Borderers
|From 28 Mar 06 to 1
Aug 06 becomes
The King’s Own Scottish Borderers Battalion,
The Royal Regiment of Scotland
then merges to become
The Royal Scots Borderers,
1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland
|1st Battalion The Black Watch
(Royal Highland Regiment)
|The Black Watch,
3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland
|1st Battalion The Highlanders
(Seaforth, Gordons and Camerons)
4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland
|1st Battalion The Argyll and
Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise’s)
||The Argyll and Sutherland
5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland
|52nd Lowland Regiment
||52nd Lowland, 6th Battalion The
Royal Regiment of Scotland (Territorial Army)
|51st Highland Regiment
||51st Highland, 7th Battalion The
Royal Regiment of Scotland (Territorial Army)
PASSCHENDAELE movie to star
Actor Paul Gross, who starred in the most
successful Canadian-produced television show on American TV, has secured 5.5 million
dollars from the Alberta Government to film a movie about the battle of Passchendaele.
Gross, who was born to a Canadian soldier in
Calgary, will portray his grandfather, Michael Dunne. Filming will take place in
Calgary and CFB Suffield. According to posters at http://army.ca
Gross has already visited the ranges at Suffield. The total budget for the film will
be $16-million and some filming will take place in Europe according to the Toronto Globe
The movie is set to release, according to an
article in the Calgary Sun, on Rememberance Day 2006.
The Tenth Battalion took part in the Third
Battle of Ypres, fought around Passchendaele, but it is not known if the movie will depict
the 10th or one of the three other Alberta battalions that fought in the battle.
||Alberta Centennial Medal
On 5 November 2005, two Calgary
Highlanders received the Alberta Centennial Medal from Lieutenant Governor Norman L.
Kwong. Aide de Camp Captain Fiona Mclean and Second Lieutenant Gavin Mills were recognized
by the Regiment. Also presented with a medal was retired Major Dick Westbury.
More information on the award is available at this link.
Drum Major (ret.) William
From the published obituary:
William (Bill) Murray,
beloved husband of Anna Murray, went home peacefully to his Lord and Saviour on Saturday,
November 5, 2005, at the age of 89 years. Bill was born and raised in Fort William,
ON. He served in the RCAF Military Police during World War Two and moved to Calgary
in 1944 where he married Anna Campbell. Bill was employed at the Provincial Land
Titles office until his retirement. He also enjoyed many years as Drum Major with
the Calgary Highlanders Pipe Band. Bill loved his retirement job as a Tour Director
for Cardinal Bus Lines, conducting Senior's Tours throughout North America. Bill was
a long time member of Bethel Baptist Church and also attended First Baptist Church for
many years. Bill will be missed by his many family and friends. Besides his loving
wife of sixty-one years, Bill will be greatly missed by his daughter Dorothy Carter; his
brother Ian Murray; his sister-in-law Peggy Hauge; his nieces, Heather Andrews and Glenna
Hauge; his nephews Rodney Murray, Richard Murray, Gordon Campbell and Keith Hauge.
Bill was predeceased by his mother, Wilhelmina; his father John; his sister Margaret; and
his brother Murdock.
Funeral services will be
held at McInnis & Holloway's, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on
Wednesday, November 9, 2005, at 10:30 am with the Reverend Lorne Irwin, Presider.
Graveside service to follow at Queen's Park Cemetery. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway. If friends so
desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the charity of the donor's choice or to
the First Baptist Church in Calgary.
Thank you to former Pipe Major
Jim McWilliams and Everett Andrews for passing on the sad news. Everett Andrews
played bass drum for the 19th Medium Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery Pipes and Drums
when Bill Murray was Drum Major there after leaving the Calgary Highlanders in the late
1950s. Andrews recalls:
I remember Bill leading the Calgary
Highlanders in the Stampede Parades. Bill was so well known, that when the TV
announcers used to announce the Band on television, they would call Bill by name,
something like ... "Leading the Calgary Highlanders, Drum Major Bill Murray",
and then they would remark on the way he handled the Mace. He was Fancy ... He looked
like a Drum Major should, in my mind. I used to always watch for the Highlanders because
they were such a class act with him out in front. But, beyond all this, he was also a
very classy Gentleman, and I am pleased to have known him!
The Regiment offers its most sincere condolences
to Bill Murray's family and friends.
K71216 Acting Corporal (ret.)
William James Kershaw Powell
joined the Canadian Army in 1941 hoping to go overseas with the artillery. By early
1944 he was still in Canada, though he had earned the three chevrons and gun badges of a
Sergeant (see photo at right). Eager to serve his country, he decided that in
order to get to the fighting, he would have to leave the artillery and join the
infantry. Whether or not the tough training in Alberta at an Infantry Training
Centre ever caused him to reconsider his decision, in early September Powell joined the
Calgary Highlanders in the field. Powell initially became platoon runner to Lieutenant
Alex Keller who had won the Military Medal at Dieppe as a sergeant with the Cameron
Highlanders of Winnipeg (Keller would also be awarded a Military Cross for serving at
Hoogerheide as a Calgary Highlander officer.) Powell served with Number Twelve
Platoon for several weeks, during the fighting around Dunkirk, the drive across Belgium,
and the fighting around the Albert Canal.
Keller made Powell a Section
Commander with an acting rank of Corporal (which in 1944 was a rank with much more
authority than it holds today in the post-Unification army). Powell led his section
through the fighting at the neck of the South Beveland peninsula, and his "B"
Company were the first Highlanders to try and cross the Walcheren Causeway.
Powell remained with the
company, being Left Out of Battle (LOB) only once, for three days, in his time at the
front. Powell has left behind a memoir of his service, and his wife has graciously
granted permission to the webmaster to reproduce parts of it on this site. In his
memoir, Powell recalled that
In our outfit - the Calgary Highlanders,
as I have pointed out, the rifle companies suffered most of the casualties. I have
concluded that it was impossible for any soldier who landed with the Battalion, about a
month after "D-Day", to survive to the end of the War without getting killed or
wounded. I discussed this with Percy DeWolf, who was wounded three times...he agreed
that it was impossible.
Powell's turn came on 21 December 1944 when
he was wounded, effectively putting an end to his war service. In his memoir he
confesses to the same self-doubts that haunt all soldiers about to go into action, and
downplays the fact that for four months he served through some of the hardest fighting the
Regiment saw during the war, not only being able to endure it but being selected for a
leadership position by the Calgary Highlander officer who held the most decorations for
What isn't downplayed in the memoir is
Powell's obvious pride at being a Calgary Highlander, which he carried with him the
remaining 61 years of his life. The document includes photos of recent reunions,
including a shot of Powell with three other equally proud Calgary Highlander veterans at
Mewata Armouries in April 2005.
Bill Powell's official
obituary was published on 1 October 2005 by the Duncan News
Leader and Pictorial Duncan.
Bill was born in Kings Daughters Hospital, Duncan, BC on
February 6, 1922 and passed away peacefully on October 1, 2005 surrounded by his family.
Bill is survived by his wife Dot of nearly 56 years, son Brian, daughter Diane (Michael)
Currie, daughter Donna Gill, daughter Carol (Kevin) Lundstrom, son Barry, son Craig
(Monique). Sixteen grandchildren, Rosanne, David, Justin, Cara, Claire, Danny, Danielle,
Owen, Kaley, Carmen, Robin, Tasha, Emma, Kai, Rain, and Sydney. Three great grandchildren,
Evan, Travis, Jordon and many nieces and nephews. His brothers Doug Armstrong, John (Pat)
Powell, Ted (Diana) Powell, sister Alice (Mark) Trueman.
Predeceased by his sister Marg and grandchild Eric Lundstrom.
Bill was a Calgary Highlander overseas during WWII. He
served in the infantry on the front lines, contributing to the liberation of Europe and
was wounded in action. He joined Scouting in 1934 and remained an active member. He also
had a strong connection with the Duncan United Church especially enjoying the
companionship of the AOTS Men’s group. Bill worked as a carpenter for 43 years until
age 67. During his retirement years Bill enjoyed nothing better than spending time with
family & friends. Traveling and spending several months every year RV touring with is
wife Dot. He was a caring and loving man who will be missed by his wife, children,
grandchildren, great grandchildren, friends and all those who knew him. A Celebration of
Life was held on October 5, 2005 at 2 pm at the Duncan United Church.
The Regiment extends its sincere condolences
to his family and friends at this time.
The Battle of Trafalgar
Under Admiral Horatio Nelson, the Royal Navy
defeated the French and Spanish fleets off this cape on the southwest coast of Spain,
northwest of the Strait of Gibraltar, in 1805. The 200th Anniversary of the event
was marked by the Officer's Mess of Her Majesty's Canadian Ship Tecumseh, one of several
reserve units in the Calgary military garrison.
At right, above, former CO Lieutenant Colonel
Lee Villiger with a companion clad in what would appear to be the 19th Century equivalent
of Naval Combat Dress.
At right, below, Deputy Commanding Officer,
Major Mike Vernon (left) and Regimental Major, Major Kyle Dorcas, explain to the
photographer why taking unflattering photos of senior officers can be detrimental to one's
career. Photos courtesy of Second Lieutenant Gavin Mills.
The Battle of Trafalgar, fought on 21 October 1805, was part
of the War of the Third Coalition assembled by Britain against France and was the most
significant naval engagement of the Napoleonic Wars. Twenty-seven ships of the Royal
Navy sortied against an allied French and Spanish fleet of 33 ships of the line west of
the Cape, destroying 22 for a loss of none. Admiral Lord Nelson died late in the battle,
having ensured his place as Britain's greatest naval hero.
After the battle, the Royal Navy remained unchallenged as the world's
foremost naval power for almost 100 years and the rise of Imperial Germany.
HMCS Tecumseh's dinner was just one of many Trafalgar 200
Joined in Holy
Captain Kevin S.
"Winnie" Winfield, CD
and Lieutenant Hope Holst
1 October 2005
Captain Kevin S. Winfield, CD,
commander of the Military Police Detachment at Camp Wainwright, married Lieutenant Hope
Holst at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Wainwright followed by a reception at
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 29. Captain Winfield was formerly an infantryman and
later supply technician with The Calgary Highlanders for many years; he met the now-Mrs.
Winfield in Wainwright, where she is employed as a military chaplain.
Lieutenant Holst was given away
by Albert Huffman. Several serving and former Calgary Highlanders were at the
ceremony; in addition to those photographed below, Wallace McNish, formerly a corporal
with the Regiment, served as an Usher.
Back Row (L-R): Corporal Michael Dorosh
(still serving), Captain Kevin Winfield, Sergeant David Dirom (formerly of the Calgary
Highlanders Unit Medical Section and now Operations and Training NCO for Canadian Forces
Base Suffield Medical Centre)
Front Row: Captain Bernadette Myslicki (formerly a Master Corporal with the
Pipes and Drums, now Base Personnel Selection Officer for Camp Wainwright), Sergeant
Dennis Russell (still serving), Mrs. Shelley Russell (Calgary Highlanders Ladies
CO's Parade - 14
||Canadian Forces Decoration
The Crown recognized Sergeant
Jason Calvert for twelve years of faithful and honourable service with the
Canadian Armed Forces; the medal was presented by Commanding Officer Tom Manley.
||Clan of the Gallant Canadians
For continuing service to
the Regiment, Corporal Steve Welsh (pictured below) and Corporal Jamie Moreau were awarded
the insignia of the Clan of the Gallant Canadians in the rank of
Henchman. This marks a second award of the insignia in the rank of Henchman for
|Advancing with Purpose
2005-2006 Training Year Begins
The Calgary Highlanders kicked off
a new training year on September 7th with an AAG that went smoothly; many newly qualified
soldiers were on the ground and ready to begin the year's training program. The
Calgary Highlanders, in concert with the Army as a whole, is returning to fundamentals and
will concentrate on individual training this year. The Regiment has returned to a
one-subunit structure to facilitate this. Individual soldier skills, leadership and
other qualification courses will be run throughout the year.
The Army is restructuring from a
highly mechanized force training to fight the Soviet Union on the North German Plain to a
more flexible organization based on the concept of task forces - mission specific
groupings of subunits. The goal is to have company, battery or squadron sized units
of various combat and support arms able to deploy to trouble spots and fight the
"three-block war", or that is to say, face challenges across the spectrum of
armed conflict, including high-intensity (warfighting) operations, counter-insurgency or
irregular warfare, and of course humanitarian aid and peace enforcement.
The Reserve Force is being
called upon increasingly to assist the Regular Force with its tasks around the world;
Reserve units are stepping into the breach more and more and looking forward to a day when
they can deploy as formed units.
Corporal Steve Welsh, glad to be back to work;
writing memos to his wife all summer just wasn't the same. Corporal Welsh
participated in a battlefield tour of Ortona, Italy, and will be sharing his photos soon.
Photo by Lt Gavin Mills
31 Aug 2005
Master Warrant Officer Bob Besse
Sergeant Michelle Smith (nee Fernie)
Congratulations to two long
serving Calgary Highlanders on their recent promotions. Master Warrant Officer Besse
(pictured at right, below, while a Master Corporal some time in the late 1970s/early
1980s) takes over as Company Sergeant Major of "A" Company in the new training
year - the focus of which will be individual training. Both promotions were made in
a brief COs parade at the Arrival Group (AAG) for officers, warrant officers and senior
Amazingly enough, the
weapon in the photo is a breach loader - photo courtesy Ken Clements, copied from the
original stone carving.
The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth - The Calgary
Exhibition and Stampede
8 - 17 July 2005
As part of the Canadian
Forces display at the Calgary Stampede, The Calgary Highlanders are supervising the small
arms exhibit, under the +15 walkway between the Corral and the Saddledome. On
display are most of the weapons found in a dismounted rifle platoon, including the C7A1
assault rifle, C9 light machine gun, C6 general purpose machine gun, and Carl Gustav 84mm
Medium Anti-Armour Weapon. The display runs daily throughout the Stampede from 0900
hours to 2200 hours; anyone and everyone is invited to come pick up the weapons or ask
questions about recruiting or general questions about life in a Militia infantry unit.
Under the big top - Captain Easton
and Warrant Officer Gerald Downey at the Calgary Highlanders' weapons stand.
Corporal Dorosh, Corporal Welsh,
and Corporal Ross McVicar from the North Saskatchewan Regiment
about to be flanked by a Screaming Fantasian infantryman.
Douglas, a prospective Calgary
Highlander recruit, shows his little sister Latisha (and her friend) how to pick up the
Frequently Asked Questions
The Regiment is grateful to Calgarians from all
walks of life, Canadian citizens, and foreign travellers who show such interest and
enthusiasm when visiting our display. As a public service, here are some replies to
the more commonly asked questions and stated comments we have received in years past at
Yes, they are real weapons.
Yes, it is heavier/lighter than you probably
thought it would be.
No, we didn't bring any bullets.
Yes, we have also heard positive things about
"the good old Bren Gun (BAR, M60, MG42, etc.)", and No, this isn't one of them.
No, we don't use the AK-47. But
sometimes our enemies do.
No, we have never "died in the war."
No, you can't buy one. Automatic weapons
are Prohibited in Canada for sale to the public.
Yes, you could try "gopher hunting"
with the C9, but at 1100 rounds per minute you might find it a tad expensive.
Yes, the Carl Gustav would probably provide a
satisfying result to a moose chase.
Yes, we really do have to carry these
everywhere we go.
Camouflage face painting and
washable tattoos are available, and all ages can don
a flak vest, tactical vest, and helmet and be photographed with a
replica C7 rifle.
The Carl Gustav may not be loaded,
Greetings from an Argyll
27 May 2005
The webmaster received this email from Archie Mac Laine, who
graciously gave his permission for it to be reprinted here.
My name is Archie Mac Laine, I was viewing your website when I came across a photo of
Bruce Waterhouse, I was saddened to read that he has passed away. I knew him as a young
man when he came to Scotland to serve in The 1st Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland
Highlanders. I served 27 years in The Argylls. I was born 4.5 miles from the
original Calgary on The Isle Of Mull. When I told Bruce about this, he went and
On a lighter note I was pleased to see a photo of Pipe Major Willy Grieve, an old friend
from The 1st Bn. Although retired now, if he still visits your unit and you happen to see
him, please give him my regards.
I might at some time in the future visit The Calgary Highlanders, I am at the moment
fairly crippled, the result of falling 80ft down an elevator shaft. but I'm improving and
will probably make it up to Calgary.
Yours in comradeship
Archie Mac Laine
Mac Laine photos; image at right is thumbnailed, click to enlarge.
Royal Visit - 25 May 2005
The Colonel-in-Chief, Her Majesty Queen
Elizabeth II, ended a week-long visit to Saskatchewan and Alberta with a brief stopover in
Calgary on Wednesday, 25 May 2005. As Brigade RSM Kent Griffiths reported to the
Calgary Sun the next day, Her Majesty made a visit to Calgary a priority in order to
inspect "her" Regiments. The Queen was in Canada to help celebrate the
centennial anniversary of Alberta and Saskatchewan joining Confederation in 1905.
When the commanding officers and regimental sergeants major of both the King's Own Calgary
Regiment and the Calgary Highlanders reported on the status of the units to Her Majesty in
2004 at Buckingham Palace, it was noted that her planned visit would not include a stop in
Calgary. According to RSM Griffiths, her response was "that won't do."
After a week of festivities, Her Majesty's last
official act - conducted at the tail end of a gala Civic festival at the Saddledome before
a sold out crowd - was to inspect a Guard of Honour of 100 men divided into two guards;
one from the King's Own, the other from the Highlanders - both of whom have privilege of
having Her Majesty serve as Colonel-in-Chief, an honorary appointment described in full
in the Appointments section of this website. The Regimental Pipes and Drums
performed with the Band of the King's Own Calgary Regiment, augmented with the Band of the
Loyal Edmonton Regiment (4 PPCLI).
The Guard of Honour was commanded by Major Rick
Coates of the KOCR, with Calgary Highlanders Master Warrant Officer Emmett Kelly serving
as the Guard Sergeant Major. Many hours of practice went into fine tuning the drill
for this event. The Queen's final act of the day was to inspect the Old Guard,
including veterans of the Second World War, Korean War, and Peacekeeping missions since
Photos to be made available soon.
The Queen Elizabeth II Atrium
While the 50 man contingent of the Guard of
Honour, with the Pipes and Drums, paraded at the civic ceremony at the Saddledome, the
Officers, Warrant Officers, and Senior NCOs of the Regiment congregated at the Museum of
the Regiment, where Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II sat for photos, toured the PPCLI
Gallery, and officially dedicated the atrium as the "Queen Elizabeth II Atrium".
Her Majesty had officially opened the Museum in 1990.
Photo at right shows the dedication plaque;
several officers of the Regiment are visible, including Captain Meades, Captain
Clapperton, Major Dorcas, and Captain Owens.
Calgary Highlanders Ladies Auxiliary Scholarship
- Warrant Officer Afflick
The Calgary Highlander's Ladies Auxilary is
pleased to announce the recipient of the 2005 Calgary Highlanders Ladies Auxiliary
$1000 Scholarship is Warrant Officer Terry Afflick. WO Afflick is near completion of
his EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) Certificate at the Alberta College of First Aid
& EMS Training. He has been with the Calgary Highlanders for 15 years and has
served on several operational tours to areas of the Balkans. More info on the
Auxiliary, and this scholarship, located by clicking here.
"Old Betsy" at the Canadian War Museum
"Old Betsy" was one of six original six-pounder
(57mm) anti-tank guns delivered to the Calgary Highlanders in the United Kingdom in 1943.
During the campaign in NW Europe, the other five guns were knocked out by enemy
action and replaced. Betsy herself was captured by the enemy, only to be recaptured
by the Highlanders shortly thereafter. Betsy fired 1200 rounds at the enemy, out of
1500 during her career, and also had the distinction of firing the last shot of the war by
the Calgary Highlanders while on active service. She survived the war and was
returned to Canada - unfortunately not to her Regiment, but to storage at the Canadian War
Full details of Old Betsy's colourful
history can be found by clicking
Photo by Corporal Michael Dorosh
This well-loved soldier of the Regiment now sits
in the LeBreton Gallery of the new Canadian War Museum - on "display" on two
flat tires, with not a single marking, placard or any designation describing who she is.
She sits amidst German ordnance, none of which bear any kind of explanatory or
The webmaster is unable to
verify for certain that this gun even is "Old Betsy". It is known that Old
Betsy is on inventory at the Canadian War Museum. Why she is not on display with
suitable photographs documenting the many interesting stories associated with her is a
mystery. The new Canadian War Museum, opened in May 2005, was immediately the
subject of some controversy; a Korean War exhibit details the number of cases of venereal
disease among Canadian soldiers, while another art exhibit focusses on a war crime
commited by a Canadian soldier in Somalia. It is unknown why a true Calgary
Highlander like "Old Betsy" is left to sit and rust in anonymity.
The Canadian War Museum can be contacted at email@example.com
Victory in Europe - 8 May 1945
Calgary Highlanders participated
in at least three different commemorations of the 60th anniversary of the end of the war
in Europe. Corporal Patton was part of an international contingent of Canadian
Forces soldiers to travel to Europe for the many parades and activities there. The
Regiment participated at ceremonies in Alberta, details of which are hopefully forthcoming
to the webmaster. And the Heritage Section provided two re-enactors to the
national encampment for To Stand On Guard, which lent support to both the grand opening of
the new Canadian War Museum, as well as the National VE Day Commemoration and parade in
Corporal Michael Dorosh and re-enactor
Mister Russ Benneweis, along with other historical re-enactors in WW II period uniform,
march behind a column of period military vehicles transporting WW II veterans to the
opening of the new Canadian War Museum on Sunday, 8 May 2005 in Ottawa. The Heritage
Section also participated in a period living history encampment on 6 and 7 May, to which
some 2500 Ottawa area students and residents, as well as veterans, visited Second World
War field bivouacs, interacted with uniformed soldiers, and witnessed a simulated platoon
attack on German positions supported by armour, mortars and artillery. Photo
courtesy Drummer Jocelynn Benner
2 April 2005
Lieutenant Colonel F. Lee
Villiger, CD, was granted the rank of Toshach in the Clan of the Gallant Canadians,
elevated from his previous rank of Clansman. The presentation was made by Lieutenant
Colonel (retired) J. Lynn Moffatt, OMM, CD, Regimental Secretary, and
Bob Gibson. The presentation was made at his Change of Command dinner.
Promoted and Appointed
Congratulations to Lieutenant-Colonel Tom Manley, CD, who assumed command of The Calgary Highlanders on Saturday, 2
April 2005. Lieutenant Colonel Manley's biography can be found on the current
appointments page. Good luck to Lieutenant Colonel Lee Villiger, CD, who assumes new
duties at the headquarters of 41 Canadian Brigade Group, as the G9. Photos and
details of the parade can be found under Photos and Articles.
|As is custom, the Change
of Command Parade was preceded on the Friday night by a Change of Command Dinner in the
Officers' Mess. Colonel Gludo, Commander of 41 Canadian Brigade Group, promoted
Deputy Commanding Officer Major Tom Manley to Lieutenant Colonel in anticipation of the
parade. Beside Lieutenant Colonel Manley is the outgoing Commanding Officer,
Lieutenant Colonel Lee Villiger, and the Honourary Colonel, Bob Gibson. Photo
by 2Lt Mills
As is the custom, the various
messes of the Calgary Highlanders presented outgoing CO Lieutenant Colonel Villiger with
tokens of esteem, which were reciprocated by the CO; photos and details will follow
Lieutenant Colonel Villiger also
generously recognized the contributions of several members of the Regimental Family with
Warrant Officer Bob
Besse - a long serving WO and instructor in the Regiment who has done yeoman work
in molding new soldiers, both with Militia Training Detachment Calgary, and recently as
Company Sergeant Major of "B" Company, the training subunit of the Regiment.
Edana Venker -
a former Master Corporal with the Regiment, "Eddie" Venker has been instrumental
in running the Regimental Kit Shop as well as providing ongoing support to the Regimental
Drum Major Jim Stewart
Pipe Major Chris Penney
Drum Sergeant Brian
The webmaster extends his
personal thank you to Lieutenant Colonel Villiger for the thoughtfulness and generosity
displayed in presenting these plaques.
Richer for the Experience?
Congratulations to the very
lucky Second Lieutenant Gavin Mills, for correctly determining the length of both speeches
by the incoming and outgoing COs on parade; the mess was very happy to accept the 114
dollars raised by the pool. A senior member of Headquarters Company was heard to
grumble that "being the CO's speech writer has its advantages." Second
Lieutenant Mills was unable to confirm or deny reports that the fix was in. We
enjoyed the drinks in any event, Sir.
European Security and Defence Policy Service Medal
Captain Fiona McLean, CD, ADC
Captain Fiona McLean has returned to Canada as
of March 2005; photo at right shows the award presentation in February at which Lieutenant
Colonel T.M. Datchko, Royal Canadian Dragoons and at that time Commander of Task Force
Balkans (comprising Operation Bronze and Operation Boreas), invested Captain McLean with
the ESDP Medal. The ceremony took place at
Springfield Hall, Banja Luka Metal Factory, Bosnia.
information on this medal can be found under Honours and Awards on this website, on the
page regarding NATO missions (soldiers on Operation Boreas also qualified for the NATO
Non-Article 5 Medal).
Major (Retired) Ernest Bitcon
Erny Hetherington was born in 1922 on the Sarcee
(T'suu Tina) agency near Calgary. In 1938, he enlisted in the Calgary Highlanders
and served overseas with the battalion, being wounded on the 20th of July 1944 as a
corporal. He returned to Canada in 1945, with his wife Cissie whom he would be with
for 63 years. He stayed with the Regiment after the war, being commissioned and
retiring as a major in 1972.
In civilian life, he joined the Calgary Police Service in
1945 as a street patrolman, and retired as an Inspector in 1976. From his official
Perhaps his greatest legacy as a
Police Officer was being the founding Commander of the Calgary Police Tactical Section.
This section included the Tactical Team, Bomb Squad and Search and Rescue Team. After
retiring, he spent many "Happy Hours" around the campfire with the over-the-hill
gang and Fridays golfing with the Police Vets. He also spent many hours volunteering with
the Calgary Association of Credit Unions and the Museum of the Regiments. Erny will be
lovingly remembered by his beloved wife, Cissie; sons Bob (Linda), Don (Rene), and
daughter Beth; grandchildren, Rob, Mike, Kyla, Kathy, Dean, Brett, KatieSarah; and his
babies, great-grandchildren, Danauca and Cameron; as well as his brother Jim and numerous
relatives and friends. Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY'S Chapel of
the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Wednesday, March 9, 2005 at 2:30 p.m. Forward
condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes
may be made directly to the Alzheimer Society of Calgary, No. 201, 222 - 58 Avenue S.W.,
Calgary, AB T2H 2S3 (Telephone 403-290-0110). In living memory of Ernest Hetherington, a
tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL
HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, CALGARY. Telephone: 403-276-2296.
Erny Hetherington as a Captain, sometime
in the 1960s. His decorations include the 1939-45 Star, France-Germany Star, the
Defence Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with overseas clasp, War Medal 1939-45,
and the Canadian Efficiency Medal, forerunner of the CD. Calgary Highlanders Photo
The Regiment expresses deep and sincere regret at the
loss of this distinguished soldier, policeman, community member and family man.
Wednesday, 2 March 2005
||Clasp to the Canadian Forces Decoration
The clasp to the Canadian Forces Decoration,
recognizing at least 22 years of good conduct and service to the Crown, was awarded to two
warrant officers on parade.
Regimental Sergeant Major Flint Walters, CD
Warrant Officer GW Kennedy, CD
Chief Warrant Officer Walters is a long serving Calgary
Highlander and has been in the appointment of Regimental Sergeant Major since 2004.
Warrant Officer Kennedy is the Ops and Training Warrant,
posted as Regular Support Staff from the Princess Patrcia's Canadian Light Infantry.
His clasp is awarded as he approaches his 29th year of service in the Canadian
At left, Regimental Sergeant Major
Walters admires his newly issued clasp.
Above, Warrant Officer Kennedy and the
Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Villiger.
Congratulations to Corporal Taylor on his
Master Corporal Mike Kotuk
Master Corporal Mike Kotuk is leaving the
Calgary Highlanders after nine years of service, and changes components to join the Third
Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry.
Master Corporal Kotuk has proven to be one of
many memorable characters among the junior ranks. It is unfortunate many of the
stories one could tell to illustrate his character are not repeatable in public forum,
however, the Regiment recognizes that he was a dedicated NCO and first class athlete who
has represented the Calgary Highlanders honourably on many occasions in international
venues. His most recent exploit was the Patagonia Expedition
Race in Chile.
Good luck to now-Private Kotuk as he embarks on
an exciting new phase of his military career.
||Silver Star Medal
Specialist Gerrit Kobes
Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 161st Infantry Regiment
Washington Army National Guard
The Calgary Highlanders
looked south with anxiety in April 2004 when the 1st Battalion, 161st Infantry Regiment, a
National Guard unit from Washington State, deployed to Iraq for combat operations.
The Regiment has had a relationship with the 161st since the 1950s.
Specialist Gerrit Kobes was
presented the Silver Star by the commander of the First United States Cavalry Division at
Forward Operating Base Honor in Baghdad, Iraq. The 23 year old medic (who in
civilian life worked for a wood-stove company) was assigned temporarily to a California
unit attached to the First Cav's Task Force Steel Dragon in Baghdad. On 3 November
2004, two platoons of Company B, 1st Battalion, 160th Infantry Regiment were assigned to
ferry Iraqi soldiers and equiment to Fallujah. Kobes was acting as a medical
specialist in the force, when they came under enemy fire. Kobes exposed himself to
this enemy fire in order to treat wounded soldiers.
In July 2004, Kobes had
previously been decorated for bravery under fire, when he was awarded an Army Commendation
Medal with V for Valor device representing a combat award.
The Silver Star was instituted
on 9 Jul 1918 by the Congress of the United States, and is awarded for each Citation
received by US Army personnel for gallantry in action, not sufficient to warrant the Medal
of Honor or the Distinguished Service Cross. On 8 August 1932 the decoration was
revised by Congress and awarded for "Gallantry in Action Against an Opposing Armed
More information on the Regiment's relationship
with the 1/161 can be found by clicking
here. Specialist Gerrit Kobes carries on a tradition of bravery among the
regiment's medical personnel dating back to 1945 when Technician Fourth Grade Laverne
Parrish was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously during the fighting on Luzon, the
Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) DK
As a Major, DK Robertson served with the
Intelligence staff of General Montgomery's 21st Army Group in June 1944,and during the
Northwest Europe campaign he served in command appointments and staff assignments with
various formations. On 18 May 1946 he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and commanded the
Calgary Highlanders until 1948. He left the Regiment for the Regular Force, where he
served for 28 years, including service with the Queen's Own Rifles. He passed away
in February 2005, more details will be made available shortly.
2 Feb 2005
Tactical Vest (TV)
With little fanfare, the Calgary
Highlanders lined up excitedly for the initial issue of the new Tactical Vest (TV for
short) that is replacing the 1982 Pattern web gear throughout the Canadian Army. The
new vest is part of the ongoing Clothe the Soldier project that is revitalizing and
modernizing the clothing and personal equipment of the Canadian soldier, from socks and
underwear to load bearing equipment and everything in between.
The new TV is designed to carry
everything the infantryman needs to fight and survive on the battlefield, with special
pouches to accommodate Mag-Lite flashlights, smoke grenades, maps, rations, rifle and
machinegun ammunition, fragmentation grenades, and of course, the very symbol of the
Infantry trade - the Bayonet.
The vest is issued in the same
camouflage (Canadian Disrupt Pattern (Temperate Woodland), or CADPAT (TW)) as the issue
combat uniform that the Regiment has worn as a unit for the last year.
The TV has received mixed
reviews throughout the Army, but is universally hailed as a vast improvement over the 1982
Pattern gear. Canadian soldiers have been notoriously harsh critics of their
equipment, and new patterns have been developed at regular intervals; Calgary Highlanders
through their history have worn 1908, 1914, 1937, 1951 and 1964 Pattern equipment before
the adoption of the 1982 equipment. All previous designs had been "web
gear" style, with a waistbelt and braces - the new vest is very much like a hunter's
vest, and is modelled after similar TVs in use by armies around the world, as well as
tactical police units and other military/paramilitary organizations.
Under the watchful eye of
Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant Dudgeon, a full issue was made to "A" Company,
"B" Company and Regimental Headquarters personnel.
The Clothe the Soldier project
continues to evolve, and the Regiment will be seeing more new kit as it becomes available.
For more info see http://www.dnd.ca/cts
Congratulations to Warrant
Officer Michael Smith who was promoted in January 2005. The presentation
was made by Lieutenant General R.J. Hillier, the Chief of the Land Staff, shorty before
General Hillier's appointment as Chief of Defence Staff.