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TRANSITIONS 2012 (link to 2012 calendar)

All Ranks Christmas Dinner
15 December 2012

The annual All Ranks Christmas Dinner was held on 15 December 2012. Photos and information will be provided on the website as it is made available to the webmaster. Three presentations of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal were made to the following:

Major S. Cox, CD
Warrant Officer J.R. MacDonald, CD
Sergeant S. Klein, CD

Other presentations included B. Forrest's promotion to Sergeant, Lieutenant Fletcher's commissioning scroll, and the first clasp to the CD to Captain P. Boyle.

Remembrance Day
11 November 2012

The Calgary Highlanders once again followed the tradition established in recent years and paraded at the Cenotaph at Central Memorial Park in downtown Calgary. Wreaths were laid on behalf of community organizations in memory of Canadian soldiers who died on active service in conflicts dating from the South African War of 1899-1902 to the current war in Afghanistan. (Photo at right courtesy of Mr. Gavin Mills.)

A number of presentations were also made to members of the unit on Remembrance Day.

Sergeant J.M.R. Hutchison received the  General Campaign Star - South West Asia and Rotation Bar, recognizing a minimum of 180 days service in Afghanistan.

Warrant Officer T.G. Afflick received the Clasp to the Canadian Forces Decoration, recognizing 22 years of service and good conduct.

Several members of The Calgary Highlanders also received the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Full details of the Queen's Jubilee Medals and awards to Calgary Highlanders, including citations, are available at the following link:

Queen's Jubilee Medals

Soldiers of The Calgary Highlanders recognized on Remembrance Day included:

Lieutenant Colonel M.J. Owens, CD - Commanding Officer. LCol Owens has served in the Regiment as a junior rank and in all officer ranks from Officer Cadet to Lieutenant Colonel. His career has included overseas service with UNPROFOR.

Major K.W. Clapperton, CD - Deputy Commanding Officer. The nomination read: "For his dedication to the unit and community. His constant effort to bridge a working relationship between the Calgary Police services and the military community has allowed serving soldiers working in both fields the necessary time off to participate in unit training."

Captain S.A. Zivkow, CD - Adjutant and Regimental Support Staff. Captain Zivkow is a full time soldier of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry. The nomination read: "For outstanding long term initiative, leadership and guidance, while deployed overseas with 1 PPCLI in Afghanistan 2009 and the short notice deployments to support the community during Winnipeg floods in 1997 and 2011."

CWO R.S. Besse, CD - Regimental Sergeant Major. The nomination stated: "For dedication to the unit and community, and constant effort to support the soldiers of his unit. His willingness at a drop of a hat to take time off work to greet returning soldiers from overseas defines what a true leader really is."

Warrant Officer J. Boutin, CD - WO Boutin, a Regular Force soldier from the Royal 22e Regiment, served as Regimental Support Staff and Ops and Training WO. The nomination stated: "For leadership and expertise beyond his rank. With years of experience and overseas deployments, he had provided the unit with extensive guidance and skills when planning unit activities. His devotion and attention is worthy of the highest praise."

MWO G.R. Downey, CD - MWO Downey has served in the Calgary Highlanders since the 1970s and served as the Quartermaster Senior Instructor (QMSI) at the time of the award. The nomination stated: "For outstanding service to the unit and support to the cadet movement, volunteering his spare time to mentor local cadet corps in CF ethics and values, promoting a safe and meaningful environment for the cadets to foster friendship and teamwork."

MWO C.T. Tucker, CD - Company Sergeant Major. CSM Tucker has served in the Calgary Highlanders for over two decades. A competitive player on the regimental hockey team, he has served on operational tours in the Balkans and Afghanistan. The nomination read: "For dedication to the unit and Canadian Forces, as he assisting in organizing a unit hockey team to foster soldier cohesion and through his civilian employment, to hire military members for those who redeployed from overseas and (were) having difficulty adjusting."

Master Corporal S.D. McDermott. MCpl McDermott was employed as a section commander with "A" Company at the time of his award. The nomination read: "For his dedication to the unit and Canadian Forces by volunteering for many domestic and overseas deployments throughout his career. His dedication to his fellow soldiers has inspired him to assist with CF disabled soldiers initiatives."

Corporal R.J. Green. Cpl Green was employed as a rifleman with "A" Company at the time of the award. The nomination read: "For outstanding dedication to the unit, Canadian Forces and community while balancing his pursuit of completing his degree, actively parading with the unit, and his volunteer work by feeding the homeless in Calgary.

Two soldiers of The Calgary Highlanders were also presented with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal at the Army Ball in Ottawa.

Corporal A.M. Holloway. Corporal Holloway was employed as a rifleman in "A" Company at the time she received her award. The nomination read: "For her dedication to the unit and community. Joining the Canadian Forces to make a difference, the values taught inspired her to give back to her community by becoming a Registered Nurse. Her female peers and others in the CF have emulated her ethics and values."

Corporal (Name removed). Corporal (Y) was employed as a rifleman in "A" Company at the time of his award. The nomination read: "For outstanding leadership and experience beyond his rank, promoting the Commanding Officer's goals for physical fitness and volunteering his free time to conduct unit run fitness classes which resulted in fitter soldiers when the Battalion was deployed."

Vimy Award, Colonel Fred Mannix
9 November 2012

Colonel Fred Mannix was awarded the Vimy Award on 9 November 12 at the Conference of Defence Associations Institute Annual Dinner. The Vimy Award was initiated in 1991 by the Conference of Defence Associations Institute. The award is made annually to recognize one Canadian who has "made a significant and outstanding contribution to the defence and security of our nation and preservation of our democratic values." The Award honours the bravery and sacrifices of the Canadian soldiers who were victorious at the Battle of Vimy Ridge in April of 1917. Fighting together for the first time, the battle won by the four divisions of the Canadian Corps brought global recognition to the nation’s arms and declared Canada a young nation entitled to a place at the councils of the world. The Calgary Highlanders include Vimy, 1917 as one of their battle honours.

Colonel Mannix, former Honorary Colonel of The Calgary Highlanders, is a leading figure in the business world, Frederick Mannix has been a passionate advocate of the Canadian Armed Forces. Dedicated to enhancing the role of the Canadian military at home and abroad, he has lent his vision to the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute, the University of Calgary’s Centre for Military and Strategic Studies, and the Canadian Forces Liaison Council. He has also helped preserve Canada's rich heritage through his unstinting support of the Museum of the Regiments (now The Military Museums). Held in high regard, he has worked within the community to assist worthwhile causes through his generosity.

Honorary Colonel Mannix is a distinguished Canadian who has exhibited the highest stands of service to Canada through a lifetime of outstanding philanthropy and work supportive of Canada’s military community.

Attendees of the Vimy Dinner on 9 November 2012. From left to right: Dr. Roy Smith, Captain Jason Leek, Ms. Li-Anne Mannix, Col. Fred Mannix, General Walter Natynczyk, CMM, MSC, CD, Captain Peter Boyle, CD.

Officers of the Allied Regiment
29 September 2012

On 29 September 2012, Senior Officers of the 4th Battalion of The Royal Regiment of Scotland met with serving and retired members of The Calgary Highlanders. The 4th Battalion of The Royal Regiment of Scotland presented a Pipe Banner to Lieutenant Colonel Michael Owens, Commanding Officer of The Calgary Highlanders.  The link between The Royal Regiment of Scotland and The Calgary Highlanders is one that has existed for more than 85 years and is reinforced with this meeting. The 4th Battalion of The Royal Regiment of Scotland perpetuate the history and traditions of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise's), with who The Calgary Highlanders forged an alliance in 1925.

Senior personnel and members of The Calgary Highlanders' Regimental Family meet with senior officers of the 4th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland in Calgary on 29 September 2012.

Brigadier-General J.C.G. Juneau, OMM, MSM, CD
26 September 2012

On 27 June 2012, Brigadier-General J.C.G. Juneau, OMM, MSM, CD took command of Land Force Western Area/Joint Task Force West, and paid his first official visit to Mewata Armouries during unit parade night on 26 September. He did a quick tour of unit lines and addressed both The King's Own Calgary Regiment (RCAC) and The Calgary Highlanders individually. He also took the opportunity to present Commander's Coins to individuals nominated by the units as a token of appreciation for individual achievement. Recipients from The Calgary Highlanders included (and the citations below were read out on parade):

Captain ter Kuile - for his exemplary commitment and dedication to the CF and The Calgary Highlanders in his role as band officer to The Calgary Highlanders Pipes and Drums and most notably as the Band Officer for the Combined CF Pipes and Drums Band, formed for the 2012 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and consisting of musicians from Her Majesty's three Highland infantry regiments - The Argyll and Sutherland Highlander's of Canada (Princess Louise's), The 48th Highlanders of Canada, and The Calgary Highlanders. As a result of Captain ter Kuile's hard work and initiative, the combined band was able to deploy to Edinburgh and very successfully and proudly represent Canada and the CF on the prestigious stage of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Corporal Davis - for his demonstrated superior commitment to unit training activities. He has demonstrated superior soldier skills in the first two exercises of the year. Additionally, he has demonstrated willingness to respond on short notice to any tasks assigned to him.

Corporal Dorosh - for his dedication and long standing commitment to The Calgary Highlanders. Cpl Dorosh maintains the Regimental website. This website is a wealth of information for the Regimental family (Kit Shop, Hockey Team, Museum etc.) and includes a tremendous amount of historical data that is used by researchers on a regular basis. Cpl Dorosh spends additional time outside of his duties at the Regiment to ensure that the site is updated on a regular basis.

Private Irwin - for his demonstrated superior commitment to unit training activities and teamwork in all of the tasks which have been assigned to him. He has demonstrated superior soldier skills in the first two exercises of the year. Additionally, Private Irwin also recently graduated as the top candidate on his DP1 Infantryman Course.

CWO (Ret.) William Toews, MMM, CD

Former Regimental Sergeant Major Bill Toews, the last serving soldier of The Calgary Highlanders to have seen active service in the Korean War, was recognized on 25 September 2012 by Veterans Affairs Canada. CWO (ret.) Toews was RSM from 1985 to 1988 and was a Member of the Order of Military Merit.

From the official VAC backgrounder:

September 25, 2012

Winnipeg, MB — Eleven Canadians from Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan will be presented with the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation during a ceremony in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The recipients of the Commendation (include):

William Toews, Calgary, AB

Location: The Fort Garry Hotel
Provencher Room
222 Broadway
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The official citation reads:

Mr. Toews is a Veteran of the Korean War and a retired Canadian Forces Veteran. He volunteers at local Remembrance Parades and Services as the parade Sgt. at Arms. He was the Parade Commander during Her Majesty's last visit to Calgary. He has been a member of The Royal Canadian Legion for over 40 years. Mr. Toews continues to serve as the voluntary Sgt. at Arms for The Royal Canadian Legion Alberta/NWT Command, whereby he takes part in all ceremonial parades and other Veteran functions. He volunteers at the Calgary Museum of the Regiments assisting with a program for visiting school children to help them learn about the achievements and sacrifices of Canada's Veterans. Mr. Toews regularly visits Veterans in the local Col. Belcher Veterans Home, bringing comfort, visiting with mobility-challenged veterans, playing cards, or engaging in other activities to entertain them.

Corporal Jean Guy (J.T.) Toussaint, CD

Congratulations were given to Corporal Jean Guy Toussaint, known throughout The Calgary Highlanders and his many other units of his service as "J.T.", at a number of retirement events, the last being a luncheon on Friday, September 7, 2012, which was well attended by comrades and friends from throughout the Calgary garrison. The event was held at the Parthenon Restaurant, and emceed by Master Corporal Sarah Parkinson of the Mewata Garrison Armoury Support Centre.

J.T. Toussaint leaves the military after over twenty years of service, having been an infantryman with Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry and The Canadian Airborne Regiment, with multiple overseas tours in Cyprus, the Middle East, former Yugoslavia, and Afghanistan to his credit. For the last three years at Mewata Armouries, as a reservist, he was known for his "can-do" attitude, willingness to share his experience and wisdom with younger soldiers, and as a member of the ASC, work out difficult administrative problems even if they fell outside his personal area of expertise or job function.

Master Corporal Sarah Parkinson at left presents a shadow box with Corporal Toussaint's medals and insignia as at the time of
his retirement. The flag in the case flew over Mewata Armouries during his service with The Calgary Highlanders.
Photo courtesy Corporal Trayton Turner, Mewata Garrison Armoury Support Centre

70th Anniversary of the Raid on Dieppe

Three Calgary Highlanders travelled to Dieppe, France, as part of a large contingent of Canadian Forces soldiers and veterans of the raid on 19 August 1942 to mark the 70th Anniversary of the historic event.

The Calgary Highlanders contingent poses with His Excellency, the Governor General in Dieppe.
From left to right, Warrant Officer Paul Holland, CD; Corporal Thomas Huynh;
 His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, CC, CMM, COM, CD; Corporal Shae Johnston
Photo courtesy Corporal Thomas Huynh

Return to Dieppe
by Corporal Thomas Huynh

In mid-August 2012, the Canadian Forces sent a ceremonial contingent to Dieppe, France to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid in 19 August 1942. Dieppe was the darkest day in Canadian military history, as the fishing and resort city was the site of a crushing defeat for Allied forces. During the Dieppe Raid, 6000 Canadians alongside 1000 British commandos landed on Dieppe’s pebbled beaches in a bold attack on Nazi-occupied France.

During our trip the aim of the raid was explained by the historian David O’Keefe who argued that German intelligence was the main objective of the raid. The raid called for the element of surprise and the cover of darkness in the early hours of 19 August to gain control of the beaches. But a naval skirmish in the English Channel delayed the attack by 20 minutes which exposed the attackers to the daylight. Of the Canadians, over 900 were killed and over 1900 were captured as prisoners in this calamity. The CF contingent was made up of units that traced their lineage back to this battle. The Calgary Highlanders sent three soldiers to represent our regiment, myself, Warrant Officer Paul Holland, and Corporal Shea Johnston. During the raid the Calgary Highlanders had sent a mortar platoon to participate in the raid. Ultimately they were unable to disembark from their transport ships, though members of this mortar platoon were able to shoot down a German aircraft.

Members of the CF ceremonial contingent were able to attain a more complete understanding of this battle through a battlefield tour hosted by the Directorate of History and Heritage (DHH). We visited the nearby town of Pourville-sur-Mer, which was the landing site for The South Saskatchewan Regiment, and The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada. Additionally, we visited the nearby town of Puys whose beach was the landing site for The Royal Regiment of Canada. At both of these sites we were able to physically observe from the towering German positions high up in the hills and the cliffs the Canadian landing sites. It became clear that by commanding the higher ground, the Germans were able to hold the initiative during this battle and it was starkly clear to us how the calamity that was the Dieppe Raid could have occurred. The Germans had perfect and clear enfiladed lines of fire onto the beaches where the Canadians had landed in daylight. In the town of Dieppe itself, the dominating cliff that watches over the town was still lined with German bunkers and pill boxes. These old German defences stood as a solemn reminder to our current generation of the great difficulties which Canadian troops had to endure 70 years ago.

On Sunday, 19 August 2012, at the Square Du Canada, thousands of Dieppe’s residents had poured out into the streets to welcome the CF contingent as they marched to the remembrance ceremony. The three hour parade in the blisteringly hot French summer was professionally executed by the troops. Afterwards we attended a lunch hosted by the French Marines whose commander was very welcoming of the CF contingent. Be that as it may, the best part of the trip had to be the opportunity to talk with the veterans of the Dieppe Raid who are now in their nineties. Hearing their harrowing stories of events that had occurred 70 years ago was a priceless opportunity because the numbers of veterans of the Second World War among us are unfortunately dwindling year after year. I was very fortunate to go on this trip as a member of the Canadian honour guard. From my experiences on this trip, I came to the conclusion that it is up to our current generation of soldiers to ensure that the legacies of our veterans are not forgotten. War reflects the society that conducts it; what the Dieppe Raid reflects is a Canadian society that this bold and nothing short of courageous.

Stampede Bragging Rights

Congratulations to Corporal David Nguyen who successfully defended the honour of the regiment in an inter-service competition sponsored by the 41 CBG public affairs staff on site at the Stampede Grounds. Each year, the Canadian Forces provides personnel to the Stampede for the 10 days of the event to man static displays, answer questions about recruiting, and other interactions with the community. On Friday, July 13, 2012, the following article appeared in The Calgary Sun, after representatives of the Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army, and Royal Canadian Air Force competed in a friendly zipline race - in uniform - on the grounds. Calgary Highlanders Corporal Nguyen represented both the regiment and the Army, and came in first:

Stampede bragging rights
By Damien Wood ,Calgary Sun
First posted: Thursday, July 12, 2012 07:25 PM MDT

They’ve got each other’s backs, always, but Thursday morning the battle was on between the Canadian army, navy and air force. All Stampede, they’ve been engaging the public on the grounds, but also eyeing the zipline ride passing over them. And then they decided to see who would win in a race between the three.

“This should be interesting, get a good sight of what we’ve been looking at from ground level,” said Capt. Mike O’Kane of the 403 Air Squadron. Cpl. David Nguyen of the army’s Calgary Highlanders unit said he was just glad he didn’t have to wear his kilt. Meanwhile, Main Seaman Adam Biggs of HMCS Tecumseh was actually relying on his shiny white uniform and his shinier belt buckle to win through diversion tactics. In the end, it was the man worrying about flashing the people below him who took the win, tearing down the zipline with a considerable gap between him and the other two.

“I’m just going to throw myself down and hope for the best,” said Nguyen, just before his victory.

O’Kane, Nguyen and Biggs are on the grounds all Stampede, along with many others from the Canadian military, showing a bit of who they are and what they do to the public. It’s a long-standing presence at the Stampede, and part of Operation: Connection. “I think it’s very important to allow everyone to know that they are their neighbours,” said Lt. Vance Gough, public relations officers with HMCS Tecumseh. “These are people they work with — they go to university together, their kids play hockey together.”

And for those who are interested in all the gear the military gets to work with they’ve brought a lot of that along as well. From vehicles such as helicopters, boats and tanks, to smaller and far more intricate gear such as explosive detection drones. Gough said it’s good to see the real deal, up close, be able to poke at it and ask questions, and that a lot of people do. “We feel honoured to be here, and to have that opportunity to connect with Canadians,” said Gough.

Cpl. David Nguyen of the Calgary Highlanders hangs upside down after winning in the armed forces zip line race at the Calgary Stampede in Calgary, Alberta, on July 12, 2012. Gravity favoured him in the race against Capt. Mike O'Kane of 403 Squadron (air force) and Leading Seaman of the HMCS Tecumseh (navy). MIKE DREW/CALGARY SUN

Honorary Colonel Michael Shaw

The regiment is pleased to announce that Honorary Lieutenant Colonel Michael Shaw has accepted the position of Honorary Colonel of The Calgary Highlanders. Details of current and former senior appointments may be found here.

St. Julien's Weekend 2012

The Calgary Highlanders once again commemorated the counter-attack at Kitcheners' Wood on the night of 21-22 April 1915 by the 10th and 16th Battalions, CEF, with the traditional events that have long been a cornerstone of the unit's annual training calendar. The special guest for the weekend was Brigadier-General G.J.P. O'Brien, Director General Land Reserves. Brigadier-General O'Brien began his career as a private soldier in 1 (Montreal) Service Battalion and 3rd Battalion, The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada, before coming west and serving in the ranks as a Calgary Highlander. His service with the regiment from 1976 to 1979 including a tour of duty on the Golan Heights as a United Nations peacekeeper with the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF). He was commissioned after leaving the regiment to return to the east, where he filled most major appointments of the 4th Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment, a reserve battalion of the RCR based in London, Ontario, eventually commanding the battalion. He left the regiment as a Lieutenant-Colonel and went on to hold several appointments with 31 Canadian Brigade Group, including commanding the brigade, from August 2001 to September 2003. In civilian life, he participated in the first Gulf War, providing support to the United States Marine expeditionary forces in Kuwait. His official biography notes that:

He was promoted to his current rank on 19 February 2005 and appointed Deputy Commander Land Force Central Area at that time. In March of 2006 he deployed to Afghanistan where he served as the Deputy Commanding General, Political Military Integration, in the Coalition Headquarters of Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan for nine months. While in Afghanistan he was responsible for the Coalition efforts in reform of the Afghan National Police, Political Military Integration and was appointed the senior NATO Liaison Officer for the Command. Upon his return to Canada he was appointed Director General Land Reserve and is now Chief of Staff Land Reserve.

Brigadier-General O'Brien was the guest of honour in the Officers' Mess on Friday, 20 April, for the annual St. Julien's Officers' Mess Dinner. He was joined by Major Ray Ansell, who accompanied the general on his trip from Ottawa.

On Saturday, 21 April, The Calgary Highlanders exercised their right to the Freedom of the City of Calgary and marched with bayonets fixed, colour flying and drums beating to City Hall, led by the Regimental Pipes and Drums. The Old Guard fell in at the Calgary Public Library and the traditional lament and wreath laying were conducted at the regimental plaque on the Old City Hall, erected by surviving members of the 10th Battalion after the First World War.

The Regiment marched back to the Armouries down Stephen Avenue Mall, where the Regimental Association conducted its Annual General Meeting. A brief awards ceremony was conducted, and the regiment adjourned to the annual all-ranks St. Julien's Dinner.

The awards for the 2011 calendar year were bestowed as follows (the complete listing can be found on the awards page):

  • The Sergeant Miller Trophy for Most Proficient MWO, WO, or Sgt

    •  MWO C. Tucker, CSM "A" Company

  • J.V.H Milvain Trophy for Best Junior NCO in a Non-Combat Arms Role

    • Sergeant M. Arnott, Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant

  • Overseas Battalion Award for Best Junior NCO in a Combat Arms Role

    • MCpl L.T. Moore

  • LCol PF Hughes Trophy for Most Proficient Member of the Pipes and Drums

    •  Pipe Major George Shears

  • CWO Marty McCumber Award for Outstanding Service to the Regiment

    •  Captain K. Nettleton, Regimental Padre

  • Col JF Scott Memorial Cup for Outstanding Athlete of the Regiment

    •  Cpl (Y)

  • Most Explosive Soldier Award (A Coy Nomination)

    • MCpl C.D. Wagg

  • Top Shot:

    • Cpl A.J. Murdock

  • LCol W Spann award (Most deserving Junior Rank, as selected by private ballot from among their peers):

    •  Cpl (Y)

  • The Ensign's Award recognizes the "Most Proficient Junior Officer" in the Regiment

    •  Lieutenant A. Pittet

Two other presentations were also made; RSM Besse presented a pace stick to former RSM Kelly on behalf of the Warrant Officers and Senior NCOs as a parting gift from the regiment. Sergeant Moreau presented a plaque to the commanding officer on behalf of the hockey team, marking the 9th annual hockey game against the BATUS Lions.

Last Post
Leo Edmond Lehman, MM

The regiment has learned of the passing of Leo Lehman, who had served with The Calgary Highlanders in the Second World War. The family passes on the following notice:

LEHMAN, Leo Edmond, MM
1923 - 2012
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, friend and mentor, Leo Edmond Lehman. Leo passed away suddenly on March 10, 2012 in Pointe- Claire with his family by his side. Leo was predeceased by his sisters Patricia Archbold and Rita Cain. He will be forever missed by his wife of nearly 64 years, Madeline (née Quirke), his children, Kathleen Pezzarrello (Joe), Kevin (Lynn), Leo (Gisele), Rosaleen Obront (Harry), Ted (Debby) and Betty Lehman-McClung (Neil), his grandchildren, Chris and Gina, Erin and Sean, Tania, Tara and Anthony, Marie-Josée and Patrick, Mary- Anne and Leo, Patrick and Ryan; his great- grandchildren, Alexander, Blake, Jake, Miranda, Jude, Noah, Luca, Luke, Gabriel, Addison and Keko; his siblings, Kenneth, Leonard, Lillian Glover and Clifford. Leo lived an active life, he worked for CP Rail for 42 years, he served in the UK and Continental Europe, during WWII and in 1942 until the cessation of hostilities. He was part of the the Calgary Highlanders of Canada. He earned several medals including the Military Medal, 1939-45 Star, France and Germany Star, Defence medal and the Canadian Volunteer Service medal and clasp. He was also a dedicated member of Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Saint-Laurent. Visitation will take place on Wednesday March 14, 2012 from 2 to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. at Collins Clarke MacGillivray White funeral home in Pointe- Claire. A funeral service will be held on Thursday March 15 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Parish, 875 Marcel-Laurin, Saint- Laurent. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.

As noted, Mr. Lehman served with the 1st Battalion overseas. The family also noted with pride his mention in the March 5, 1945 edition of the Canadian Army's overseas newspaper, The Maple Leaf:

They Discovered He Was Wounded After Courageous Deed Was Done
by Sgt. Ron Poulton
(Staff Writer, Maple Leaf)

WITH FIRST CANADIAN ARMY - Up in this copse dotted sector of Northwestern Germany there is a plowed field, lying quietly under lowering slate grey skies. Three days ago the war passed it by with a sudden rushing sound of shots and falling bodies. And the muddy waters gathered in its furrows and its shell holes. It became just another field, with nothing of violence about it.

But, to the men of the Calgary Highlanders, it is another place to be talked about when the shouting dies and a dime buys a glass of beer.

The field had its baptism of fire at 1630 hours on the afternoon of April 26 when A Company, command by Major F.H. Clarke, of Turner Valley, Alta., broke out of a stretch of woods and led the advance of 1,200 yards of open ground. B Company, under A/Major Sandy Pearson, Edmonton, Alta., followed. Right off the bat, the Westerners ran into very thick cross fire from 20 mm. and heavy machine guns, with an 88 mm. thrown in for good measure.

Their only protection was from artillery support and smoke, and an unfriendly breeze blew most of the smoke away. But, A Company reached its objective - a small wood, containing two or three small buildings.

Baker Company followed through the storm of lead and moved off to a prearranged position to the left of A. When the other two companies went over, the enemy had withdrawn.

In the regiment's record of the action is the name of (Signalman) Leo Lehman, of Montreal, who followed his company commander across the field. When they reached the wood they found that another signaller, who had been carrying the (radio) set, had been wounded. The set lay 200 yards out in the open, and the fire was still coming down as heavy as ever.

Lehman ran back through the cross fire and retrieved the set. Not until he had regained the wood and put the radio back in action did he reveal that the had been hit when he had first crossed the field.

Leo Lehman was awarded the Military Medal; the citation read:

On 26 April 1945, The Calgary Highlanders were attacking an enemy position south of Oldenburg. "B" company was one of the two assault companies and had Private Lehman attached as a Company Signaller.

As the company moved up, it came under heavy fire from a 20-mm cannon and the signaller who was carrying the 18 Wireless Set was badly wounded and dropped the set into the ditch. The company was forced double forward to a bush for cover. When they were under cover, Private Lehman noticed that the wireless set was missing and realizing how important communication was, he immediately ran back through the enemy fire and brought it in.

During the later phase of the attack, the company was advancing over open country when they again came under heavy machine gun and AA fire from both flanks and were forced to double over the remaining eight hundred yards to gain cover. Private Lehman, who was carrying the wireless set, had one of the supporting straps broken by shrapnel, causing the set to flap loose. Instead of dropping it, he gathered it in his arms and followed the company as best he could, although his progress was considerably impeded and the field was swept by most intense fire.

Private Lehman at all times showed courage and devotion to duty of the highest order. Had he not brought in the wireless set, his Company commander would have been unable to call support for the remainder of the attack.

The Regiment offers its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Leo Edmond Lehman on their loss.

Heroes Hockey Challenge
15 February 2012

Story by Corporal Kevin Knight

On January 26th, three lucky members of the Calgary Highlanders had the opportunity to live every man’s dream, playing against the very NHL heroes they grew up watching and idolizing as young players. The first annual Heroes Hockey Challenge, an event started to raise money and awareness for the Wounded Warriors Fund, was held right here in Calgary. Warrant Officer Christopher Tucker, Master Corporal Cody Martin and Corporal Kevin Knight, along with 14 other military members representing units across Western Canada, played in the charity hockey game against the Calgary Flames alumni. The game, held at the Scotiabank Saddledome, was one of six games planned to be played across Canada. With a crowd of 1,000 plus looking on, the Heroes team took to the ice and played in what was to become one of the greatest hockey moments of their lives. As the National anthem played and the opening ceremonies began, the Heroes team was fixated on their opponents, not with a look of intimidation but with a look of amazement . Standing across from them were some of the finest players that have ever played the game, All-Stars, Stanley Cup champions, and superstars who played for many years right here in Calgary. Names such as Joel Otto, Ron Stern, Perry Berezan, Jim Peplinski, Colin Patterson and Tiger Williams, to name a few. The first period got under way with the Flames alumni getting out to a quick start and an early lead. “It was funny to watch a bunch of grown men looking like little kids. Standing there in awe as their idols skated by, only to realize that they were actually playing in same game” said one Hero fan. The second period saw a better performance from the Heroes team, but by game’s end, the Heroes couldn’t manage enough of a come-back and lost in a 10-6 final. However, with smiles on their faces and continuous laughter from every player the teams shook hands in a traditional fashion and posed for a group photo, both teams showing a mutual respect for one another, as opponents on the ice and as individual Heroes who represent the finest traditions this country has to offer, Hockey and the Forces.

Cpl Knight, MCpl Martin and WO Tucker at the 2012 Heroes Hockey Challenge. Photo courtesy of Cpl Knight.

WO Tucker, at left, lines up with the team. Hockey Heroes Challenge website photo.

Jamie Macoun making it look easy. Hockey Heroes Challenge website photo.

15 February 2012

On Wednesday, 15 February 2012, two long serving warrant officers were promoted.

Master Warrant Officer Chris Tucker

Chris Tucker has served with The Calgary Highlanders for many years, as a rifleman, section commander, company quartermaster sergeant, and has been the Company Sergeant Major of "A" Company in the rank of Warrant Officer until his formal promotion to MWO.

Master Warrant Officer Glenn Fedoruk

Glenn Fedoruk came to the regiment after service with several western Canadian militia infantry units, and has been active in a number of extra-regimental employments in addition to duties such as company quartermaster sergeant, operations and training NCO, and Small Arms Trainer instructor.

18 January 2012

On Wednesday, 18 January, the formal change of appointment ceremony took place in which the appointment of Regimental Sergeant Major of The Calgary Highlanders was passed from Chief Warrant Officer Emmett Kelly, CD to Chief Warrant Officer Robert Besse, CD. The latter has been acting in the capacity of RSM for a period of time, since CWO Kelly left for an overseas mission in Sierra Leone.

The official sign-over and passing of the RSM's pace stick was done on a formal parade, with an inspection by the Deputy Commander of 41 Canadian Brigade Group, Lieutenant Colonel Martin J. Delaney.

(Left) CWO Kelly at the head of the Regiment for the last time.
(Right) RSM Besse receives the pace stick from Lieutenant Colonel Mike Owens. Regimental Adjutant Captain Fiona McLean looks on from the podium.
(Below) Signing the official parchment with the C.O.

Lieutenant Colonel Delaney talks to Pipe Major George Shears.

Unit March-Past


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