All Ranks - Serving
VIP Parade 10 January 2015
Saturday, 10 January 2015 at 08:30hrs a VIP will be on hand
to make a special presentation to The Calgary Highlanders at
Mewata Armouries. A call is being made for maximum
attendance on parade. This includes all current serving
members as well as former members serving with other units.
Veterans and retired soldiers, family members and members of
the public are invited to attend the parade. Details of the
event cannot be released at this time.
soldiers are advised to contact their chain of command for
further details. Dress will be DEU with whites and weapons.
Further details will be supplied as they are made available.
8 November 2014
webmaster received the following note from Cenovus Energy, a
reminder of links between the Regiment and the community:
The Commanding Officer was hosted
by Cenovus Energy Inc. at Calgary Opera’s production of
Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell’s Pulitzer Prize winning opera
Silent Night on November 8th at the Southern Jubilee
Auditorium. The opera, inspired by true events, tells the
story of a spontaneous truce on Christmas Eve 1914 when
combatant troops laid down their weapons to celebrate the
holiday together and bury their dead.
Gregory W. Stone, DPhil.
Also in attendance with the C.O. was retired Colonel
Robert S. Millar, OMM, CD, founding President of the
Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute. Calgary
Highlanders will remember his as the Commander of
Southern Alberta Militia District and the C.O. of The
King's Own Calgary Regiment.
Clan of the Gallant
27 November 2014
November 2014 the Naval Museums of Alberta played host to an
event at which volunteers of The Military Museums were
recognized. The Military Museums is an umbrella institution
of which The Calgary Highlanders Regimental Museum and
Archives is a component organization. At the event Mr. Mike
Henry was recognized for his service to the Museum by his
admission to the Clan of the Gallant Canadians in the rank
of Chieftain. (More information on the Clan of the Gallant
Canadians can be found at this
link.) The rank of Chieftain is the second highest, and
the award is made for meritorious service to The Calgary
Highlanders over an extended period. The insignia of the
clan was presented by Lieutenant-Colonel K. Clapperton,
Commanding Officer, and Regimental Sergeant Major C. Tucker.
The citation is noted below:
Mr. Mike Henry (Head Archivist):
Mike Henry has been a volunteer at The Calgary
Highlanders Regimental Museum and Archives since
2001. In that time, he has filled a number of
positions in support of the Museums activities.
Most notably, he has been for many years, the Head
Archivist at the Museum. His duties include
handling enquiries from the public, managing the
acceptance, cataloguing and storage of the large
amount of documents received at the museum and
advising on preservation of materials. In an
average month, the archives team receives
approximately 10 enquires that requires research,
scanning of information and communication. Mike
routinely assists the families of past Regimental
members in the research of their family members’
service as well as working with education
institutions for more complex research. Mike Henry
volunteers approximately 400 hours per year to the
Museum which since he has started, equals
approximately 5000 hours of volunteer service. For
this incredible commitment to the preservation of
the history of The Calgary Highlanders, Mike Henry
is nominated for a Chieftain level award within the
Clan of the Gallant Canadians.
Return to "Historic"
Officers' Rank Insignia
10 December 2014
July 2013 the Minister of National Defence announced that
the Canadian Army would restore a number of rank titles and
badges, consistent with that worn in the pre-Unification
(1968) period. Officers of The Calgary Highlanders were
designated in that period by the use of star and crown
insignia of various sequences on daily duty dress. This
insignia did not disappear following Unification, and has
remained in use with Mess Dress and the ceremonial coatee
worn by the regimental Colour Party. On most forms of
uniform, a Canadian Forces insignia common to all three
branches was adopted, with rank denoted by a sequence of
bars. The restoration of the star and crown insignia on all
forms of dress has been phased in throughout the Canadian
Army, replacing the "Canadian Forces" pattern of bar
insignia. On Wednesday, 10 December 2014, officers of the
regiment wore the "new" insignia on duty dress as a group
for the first time on their CADPAT uniforms.
Coincidentally, the insignia is rendered in a new "high
visibility" colour that is shared with new insignia for
non-commissioned ranks who received the initial issue of
their new insignia on 10 December as well.
return to "historic" rank insignia aligns the officers with
practice in many militaries around the world who wear
similar star and device insignia, as well as public service
organizations in Canada such as RCMP, municipal police, and
EMS services who also denote rank for senior leadership with
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Under the watchful gaze of the portrait of the Colonel-in-Chief, Her Majesty
Queen Elizabeth II, officers of The Calgary Highlanders assemble in the
C.O.'s office to don the "new" rank insignia for the first time on
Wednesday, 10 December 2014.
Back row (left to right): Capt M. ter Kuile (Officer Commanding "HQ"
Company); Lieutenant D. ter Kuile (Finance Officer); 2nd Lieutenant C.
Uttley ("A" Company); 2nd Lieutenant J. Hill ("A" Company); 2nd Lieutenant
C. Fraser ("A" Company); Captain J. Leek (Regimental Adjutant); Captain S.
Zivkow (Regimental Support Staff, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light
Infantry - Adjutant).
Front row (left to right): Major R. Palmer (Officer Commanding "A" Company);
Lieutenant-Colonel K. Clapperton (Commanding Officer); Major A. Beauchamp
(Operations Officer); Major P. Boyle (Regimental Major/Museum Curator)
Lieutenant-Colonel Ross Laird Ellis, DSO, CD
At the annual
Officers' Mess dinner commemorating the Battle of Walcheren
Causeway, a special presentation was made of a painting of
former commanding officer Lieutenant Colonel Ross Ellis, who
commanded the 1st Battalion, Calgary Highlanders during the
battle in October 1944. A copy of the remarks made at the
event by Mister Greg Stone, who paid for the commission,
follow (see also photo following the remarks):
Remarks on the occasion of the 70th Anniversary of the
Battle of the Walcheren Causeway and the unveiling of the
portrait of Lt. Col. Ross Laird Ellis, DSO, CD:
Thank you, Lieutenant Colonel and good evening Your Honour,
honoured guests, officers and friends of the Regiment all.
This was a collaborative project and it would not have come
to fruition had it not been for the Commanding Officer,
Lieutenant Colonel Clapperton, noting the opportunity to
contribute to the Regiment’s history and fabric at the St.
Julien Officers’ Mess dinner in April, earlier this year.
Nor would it have been carried out to the exacting high
standards the Regiment is known for had it not been for the
significant personal involvement of Lieutenant Colonel
Clapperton and Major Peter Boyle. Both freely donated their
time, energy, expertise and historical knowledge to ensure
the artist, Mr. Jamie Morris, had the written and
photographic records necessary to accurately produce an
image of Lieutenant Colonel Ross Laird Ellis. What is more,
they secured the participation of Lieutenant Colonel Ellis’s
family and friends, some of whom are here this evening, and
the value of their input is, I think, evident in the
With these resources, Mr. Morris has done more than
replicate the image of a man who commanded the Regiment at a
pivotal moment in its history and in the course of the
Second World War. He has, I believe, also captured elements
of Lieutenant Colonel Ellis’s character - his good nature,
his good humour and his near mythical brand of leadership
which depended more upon his own sterling example, in combat
and out of it, rather than solely upon the authority his
command afforded him.
I would like to conclude with some comment on why this
project, and supporting the Regiment more generally, is
important to me.
I believe there is no greater example of what it means to be
a Canadian citizen than the reserve soldier. On the streets
of Calgary, today and every day, there are men and women
with careers, children, families, interests, sports and
hobbies they like to pursue in their spare time – they
enjoy the tacit benefits of being a Canadian citizen and
they do so in safety and security. The officers of the
Regiment here tonight and the men and women under their
command, have the same responsibilities and demands upon
their time, but they surely differ in placing the common
good above their personal entitlement to likewise fully
enjoy the rights and privileges of citizenship. They
recognize that our rights come at a cost; that they are
attended by a significant responsibility to preserve and
maintain them, and they sacrifice their time, their energy,
in some cases their relationships, and sometimes their
personal safety to do so on behalf of us all. They give,
that we may have. I believe it is the duty, then, of average
citizens, such as myself – the beneficiaries of the hard
work and daily sacrifice of our reserve soldiers – to be
ever mindful of their contribution and appreciate and
support them however and whenever we can – in times of peace
and concord, as much as in times of war and trouble.
I hope, therefore, that when you look on this portrait of an
extraordinary Calgary Highlander, you see one of the shining
lights of what the Regiment has been; you feel confident in
what the Regiment is today as descendant of that high
example; and you are inspired for what the Regiment must
become tomorrow. I hope also that you see in this portrait
the humble thanks of an average citizen, for you, Canada’s
most extraordinary citizens.
I will close by saying that whatever the Regiment needs, it
need only ask its friends. I and others in this room will
find a way or we will make a way to move the Regiment
forward on its objectives. That is our job. That is what we
can do to recognize all that you do and to allow you to
focus on your priorities – training soldiers, standing on
guard for Canada. I hope that you will not hesitate to put
us into service.
Again, thank you for allowing me to be here with you tonight
and thank you for the opportunity to be a part of this
amazing project. May God, good fortune, and a good scotch
keep you, always. Good night.
Mr. Jamie Morris (artist), Ms.
Leslie Ellis (Lt-Col Ellis' daughter), Mr. Greg Stone
Corporal (ret.) Lyle
Highlanders made a visit to an old comrade while the
regiment was in Wainwright for an exercise on the weekend of
14-16 November 2014. Lyle Ricker, a resident of Wainwright,
had written to the unit expressing his desire to make
contact with the regiment he had once served in with the
rank of corporal. The Canadian Forces Base at Wainwright is
a familiar setting for the unit's training and the
Commanding Officer took full advantage of a trip to visit
Mr. Ricker. Photographed at right are (rear row) Master
Corporal M. Irwin (Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant),
Master Warrant Officer G. Downey (Company Sergeant Major
"HQ" Company) and (front row) Chief Warrant Officer C.
Tucker (RSM), former Corporal Lyle Ricker and the Commanding
Officer K. Clapperton.
Lyle Ricker currently
lives in the Wainwright Health Centre. He joined the
Canadian Army in 1943 at the age of nineteen and joined The
Calgary Highlanders as a reinforcement in the autumn of 1944
after the Normandy fighting. He served in "B" Company under
Major "Knobby" Clarke then with Support Company as part of
the Mortar Platoon during the Walcheren Causeway fighting.
He served in the unit until V-E Day in May 1945. He was
transferred to the 4th Battalion, The Regina Rifle Regiment
as part of the Canadian Army Occupation Force where he
stayed until April 1946.
the age of 89, he reports that his mobility has been
reduced, most recently by a broken hip, but he is still
healthy and still enjoys shooting and hunting - including
two tags he plans to use by the end of November. The
Commanding Officer's party spent four hours with him,
describing him as sharp of mind and witty - a Calgary
Highlander in other words - and commanded the room with
entertaining stories of his war service which were
remembered in great detail. He continues to be proud of his
war time service with The Calgary Highlanders, and wears the
glengarry and cap badge proudly with his medals. He attended
Remembrance Day services this year in Wainwright as shown at
right (photo from
starnews.ca. It is hoped that Lyle will be interviewed
soon as part of the Regimental Museum's ongoing project of
documenting veterans' experiences for posterity.
11 November 2014
Highlanders contribute to a number of ceremonies and
observances related to Remembrance Day every year. The main
focus of the regiment's activities is the regimental
ceremony at Central Memorial Park, a tradition revived in
recent years. A regimental vigil party guards the cenotaph
while a traditional service of remembrance is conducted by
the unit followed by wreath laying at the cenotaph by
numerous community groups. The 2014 service was marked by
especially cold weather and modified dress appropriate for
Photos courtesy of LCol
F.L. Villiger. Click to enlarge
Lieutenant-Colonel K. Clapperton leads The Calgary
Highlanders into position at the cenotaph at Central
Major S. Cox, Deputy Commanding Officer, on parade
with the unit. Major Cox was Mentioned in Despatches
during combat service in Afghanistan and more
recently was recognized by the United States Army
for outstanding service as an exchange officer with
the Texas Army National Guard.
Master Warrant Officer G. Downey on parade with the
regiment at Central Memorial Park.
Regimental vigil party at the cenotaph at Central
Memorial Park. The Colonel Belcher veteran's
hospital was situated directly across the street for
many years until its recent relocation to northwest
Calgary. The Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre
currently sits on the site of the former Colonel
Regimental Sergeant Major C. Tucker on parade.
Troops of The Calgary Highlanders on parade at
Central Memorial Park.
Cadets from affiliated Cadet Corps assist with the
Wreaths laid on behalf of community and military
organizations, as well as floral tributes from
private citizens in memory of fallen soldiers.
Calgary Highlanders march off parade and depart for
M12455 Private C.P. Buhler
During the research
for the 2010 Centennial projects, including the Calgary
Soldiers' Memorial, the Regimental Museum and Archives came
across information related to the war grave of Private C.P.
Buhler, who was killed in action on the 25th of July 1944.
While records indicated that he had been a soldier with The
Calgary Highlanders, his war grave had a marker indicating
he belonged to The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of
Canada. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission website, as
of this writing, in fact still lists him as a member of that
Further research by
the Regimental Museum and communication with the
Commonwealth War Graves Commission led to a correction being
made and a new headstone being emplaced on the war grave of
Private Buhler. Regimental Museum Curator Major Peter Boyle
took the photograph at right in October 2014 at
Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery where Private
Buhler was laid to rest with 2,957 other war dead.
The reasons for the
error are unknown but context is provided by realizing that
on the 25th of July 1944, over 300 soldiers of the Black
Watch became casualties after a disastrous attack on the
Verrières Ridge during Operation SPRING. Medical facilities
would no doubt have been taxed to their limit, as the high
casualty toll represented the fighting strength of an entire
battalion. The confusion that existed in the treatment and
collection facilities can only be imagined.
Thanks to the efforts
of the Regimental Museum and the Commonwealth War Graves
Commission, Private Buhler's final resting place has now
been correctly identified.
Honorary Colonel (ret.)
Fred Mannix, OC, AOE, CD
In May 2014 it was
announced that retired Honorary Colonel Fred Mannix had been
admitted to the Alberta Order of Excellence, bringing total
membership in the Order to 140. The official investiture
will take place on 15 October 2014. More details are
available at the Government of Alberta website
Cadet Chief Warrant
Officer Teegan Kenneth Martin (3016 RCACC)Canada's Most
Outstanding Army Cadet
8 August 2014
The Army Cadet League
of Canada (ACLC) and the Royal Canadian Legion named Cadet
Chief Warrant Officer Teegan Kenneth Martin Canada's Most
Oustanding Army Cadet and presented Martin with the 2014
General Walsh Memorial Sword. C/CWO Martin is the senior
cadet and RSM of 3016 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps, the
affiliate cadet corps of The Calgary Highlanders in Airdrie.
The entire news release may be downloaded
The award was based on
various recommendation letters received by community
leaders, his Commanding Officer, teachers and others and
reflects on his leadership, organizational ability,
progression in the cadet system, and involvement in the
community. As the recipient of the Walsh Memorial Sword, C/CWO
Martin will travel to Ottawa as a guest of the Royal
Canadian Legion at the National Remembrance Day ceremony, as
part of the Vice-Regal party. He will meet the Governor
General and Chief of the Defence Staff at the Luncheon for
the Silver Cross Mother at Rideau Hall following the
“Up The Line and Back
Again” is an evening with Martin Middlebrook presented by
The Calgary Highlanders, to take place at The Military
Museums Tuesday,16 September 2014.
Cost: By cash
Time: Doors open at 1800 (For Museum tours) Talk
starts at 1930
Topic: Acclaimed historian and author Martin
Middlebrook is being hosted by The Calgary Highlanders to
speak about mobilization, deployment and repatriation of
Soldiers during the First World War.
RSVP: Seating is limited and RSVPs are required.
Please contact Major Peter Boyle at email@example.com
or 403.470.7091 if you have questions or to RSVP.
More information is
available in the pdf announcement
2014 calendar has also been updated.
Stanley Melville Anderson
From Gary and Bessie
Haskett, family of Stanley Anderson, the following letter
was received by the Commanding Officer:
I am writing to
inform you of (Stanley Melville Anderson's) passing on
July 13, 2014. Stanley fought with the Calgary
Highlanders in (the Second World War) and was proud and
honoured to sere Canada with one of the world's finest
fighting regiments. He spoke very highly of the Calgary
Highlanders and was especially proud to be with the
regiment in June of 1990 during Queen Elizabeth II's
inspection of the (Old Guard) after the parade. That
made him especially proud because Stanley was a United
Empire Loyalist. He took a photo of the Queen as she was
approaching a gentleman in a wheelchair to shake his
Again, I am
deeply sorry to inform you that Stanley Melville
Anderson has passed away at the age of 96. Born
May 30, 1918. Died July 13. 2014...He was the second
youngest of nine children and the second last to die. He
is survived by my mother, who turned 91 in April of this
was 90 he wrote his autobiography on an old typewriter
that did not have the capital "I", which is (fitting)
because he hated talking about himself.
The regiment passes on
its condolences to the family and friend of Stanley Melville
Avelino and Danenas
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
The commander of the
National Sentry Program passed on the following regarding
Corporal O. Avelino and Corporal P. Danenas who recently
returned from a tasking with the National Sentry Program.
Your soldiers did an excellent job
guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the National
War Memorial. They represented your unit and the
Canadian Army very well and were a pleasure to work
Attached is a photo of Corporals Avelino and Danenas on
post guarding the Tomb. While in Ottawa, they met the
Commander of the Canadian Army and Canadian Army
Sergeant Major, the 4th Canadian Division Commander and
Sergeant Major, as well as Canadian Joint Operations
Command Deputy Commander, Continental Operations, and
all were delighted and impressed with their
The National Sentry Program is part of
the ceremonial fabric of the national capital. While the
Changing of the Guard on Parliament Hill is well known to
visitors, a new addition to public duties is the sentry duty
at the National Cenotaph. Members of the Canadian Armed
Forces perform sentry duty at the Tomb of the Unknown
Soldier from April 9 to November 10 between the hours
of 09:00 and 17:00, as well as on other significant military
More information on the National Sentry
Program can be found on the Government of Canada website
Major Simon Cox
Order of Saint Maurice
Major Simon Cox has been
recognized by the United States Army by being admitted to
the Order of St. Maurice. The citation notes:
Order of Saint Maurice Award recognizes individuals who
have contributed significantly to the Infantry in ways
that stand out in the eyes of the recipients seniors,
subordinates and peers. These individuals have also
demonstrated the highest standards of integrity and
morale character, an outstanding degree of professional
competence, and have served the United States Army
Infantry or the Infantry community with distinction.
Appearing before a most judicious and discriminating
committee of tried and proven Army Infantrymen and
Infantry Patriots, be it known that Major Simon Cox was
tested and found worthy of special recognition.
Therefore, the Chief of Infantry and the President of
the National Infantry Association inducts him into the
Honorable Order of Saint Maurice for Outstanding
Contributions to the Infantry.
was recognized for outstanding
service to the Infantry as a senior staff officer with the
72nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team Headquarters, Texas Army
National Guard, where he served as the Chief of Plans and
later Chief of Operations from 2012 to August 2014.
Major Cox had previously been Mentioned in Despatches for
actions under fire in Afghanistan while serving as a
Canadian mentor to the Afghan National Army.
Those wishing to read more about the order of St Maurice can
visit the following:
Major Cox on the occasion of
his farewell to the 72nd IBCT. The famous "T-Patch" of the
36th "Texas" Division is in evidence. The 72nd is
a component of that formation.
Lieutenant Albert Gerald Richards
Enclosed is the
obituary of my husband, former Lieut. Albert Gerald
Richards, that appeared in the Globe and Mail:
(Jerry) RICHARDS B.Sc. MD FRCPC ABNM
Born: Calgary, Alta 17 December 1921 Died: Victoria, BC 13
We are very sorry to announce the death of Dr. A.G. (Jerry)
Richards in Victoria, B.C. on 13.10.2013 after a long,
active and healthy life.
He served in WWII with the Calgary Highlanders and the
Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry from 1939-1944. He
was wounded a number of times, lastly at the Moro River near
Ortona in Italy in December 1943.
A graduate of the University of Alberta Medical School (Gold
Medalist) in 1950, he trained at the Mayo Clinic in
Rochester, Minnesota and Addenbrooks Hospital in Cambridge,
England; practiced Internal Medicine in New Westminster
until 1970; then retrained in nuclear medicine and ran the
Nuclear Medicine department at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in
Victoria until 1987, then at the Vancouver General Hospital
until his retirement from active practice in 1990.
Survived by his wife of nearly 65 years, Dr. Frances
Forrest-Richards of Victoria, B.C., his three children:
Megan (Brussels), John (Toronto), Elizabeth (Prince George);
their respective spouses: Tassos Belessiotis, Mary Lou
Santos, Trevor Nelson; and his grandchildren: Clara
Belessiotis-Richards, Katherine Belessiotis-Richards, Alexis
Belessiotis-Richards, Kate Nelson and Graham Richards, as
well as numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and
He will be sorely missed for his wry sense of humour, his
encyclopedic memory, literary and musical knowledge and
skills (quoting poetry, even late in life), love of nature
and the outdoors – he lived his life fully.
Some additional notes from
Tim Walshaw, former Calgary Highlander and currently serving
Major Steve Sawyer
and I attended the memorial service at Victoria Golf Club
representing (Dr. Richard's) service with the PPCLI and
Calgary Highlanders respectively. Mister Richards joined the
Calgary Highlanders underage and lied about his age to
deploy overseas on mobilization. He was part of the Calgary
Highlanders mortar platoon and discovered a new way to use
the mortar, leading him to miss Dieppe (the mortar platoon
embarked but didn't see action) as he was explaining what
became a Pamphlet amendment. Selected for officer training
he transferred to PPCLI and was wounded twice in 1943, being
repatriated in December '43 after being seriously wounded at
the Moro River. His injury was serious enough that his
survival was in question. The doctors who saved his life
inspired him to study medicine. Dr Richards was a pioneer in
nuclear medicine in Victoria for decades.
Major Sawyer and I never knew the man
but at the request of his family were able to paint a
picture of what his wartime service would have entailed...
This man lived a full life and the service and reception
lasted approximately three hours. Both Major Sawyer and I
were thanked several times by family members. I was told by
many friends and family that the (Canadian Forces')
continuing effort to have representation at funerals is
appreciated and retains our institution in high esteem. Dr.
Richards' widow Francis was particularly appreciative of our
From the President of the
Calgary Highlanders Association:
We regret to
announce that Albert Wood, a Calgary Highlander and Second
World War veteran, passed away on 29 June at the age of 89.
Albert, a native of Lac du Bonnet Manitoba, joined the
Canadian Army during 1943 and found himself in the Calgary
Highlanders. He fought from the Unit's landing in Normandy
on 6 July 1944 until being severely wounded on 26 August as
the Canadian Army pushed towards the Seine River. The German
Army was withdrawing across the river but determined
rearguard units - many composed of elite units of
paratroopers or the SS - fought with grim determination to
delay the Canadian advance. Pushing forward on 25-26 August
cost the Battalion 16 killed and 65 wounded, Albert
numbering amongst the latter.
Albert is survived by Audrey, his wife of 62 years, four
children, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held on Friday, 4 July in Winnipeg.
Those who wish to leave a message for his family may do so
via this link:
From the President of the
Calgary Highlanders Association:
to announce the passing of Charlie St. Germain, a
Second World War Metis veteran and Calgary
Highlander, on 10 June 2014 while attending D-Day
commemorations in Normandy.
Charlie was born on 8 July 1924 in
Clear Hills, Alberta and joined the Calgary Highlanders
in the summer of 1942, arriving in England during the
fall of that year. He landed in Normandy with the
Regiment in July 1944 and took part in the bitter
fighting to liberate France and Holland.
Charlie travelled to Normandy to take part in the
commemorations of the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the
campaign in France and was presented with the Legion of
Honour, France's highest award, only a few days before
A celebration of Charlie's life will
be held at 1300 hrs on Thursday 19 June at the Belle
Petroleum Centre in Peace River, Alberta. Anyone wishing to
leave a message may do so using this link.
Theatre Honour - "AFGHANISTAN"
Prime Minister's Web Page
On 9 May 2014, the following announcement was
made in Ottawa:
In March 2014, Canada’s operations in
Afghanistan, the longest armed conflict in Canadian history,
drew to a close. Over the past 12 years, more than 40,000
soldiers, sailors, airmen and airwomen served in the South-West
Asia region in the largest deployment of Canadian troops since
the Second World War.
Canada is committed to recognizing the dedication and sacrifice
made by Canada’s men and women in uniform who took part in the
conflict in Afghanistan. To this end, on May 9, 2014, Prime
Minister Stephen Harper announced that eligible units of the
Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Army, Royal Canadian Air Force
and the Canadian Special Operations Forces that participated in
the South-West Asia theatre of conflict have been bestowed with
the “Arabian Sea” or the “Afghanistan” Theatre Honour.
Theatre Honours are a type of Battle Honour given to publicly
recognize a Canadian Armed Forces unit for successful
participation in a theatre of armed conflict. Such honours have
been awarded after every major conflict in which Canada has been
The Calgary Highlanders are included among the
list of 63 regiments awarded the Battle Honour "Afghanistan." More
information on the regiment's Battle Honours can be found
at this link.
Annual Presentations - St. Julien's Dinner
At the annual
St. Julien's weekend, the regiment presents a number of awards to
deserving members. The most significant regimental trophies are
documented on this page. The
awardees for 2013 were:
Trophy (Most Proficient MWO, WO or Sgt): Sgt Gaisford
Milvain Cup (Best Jr NCO in a Non-Combat Arms Role): MCpl Irwin
Battalion Award (Best Jr NCO in a Combat Arms Role): MCpl
Hughes Trophy (Most Proficient Member of the Pipes and Drums):
McCumber Award (Outstanding Service to the Regiment: LCol (ret.)
Scott Memorial Cup (Outstanding Athlete): Cpl Holloway
Explosive Soldier Award ("A" Company Nomination): MCpl Irwin
Award (Most Proficient Jr Officer): 2Lt Van Caeyzeele
Tennant Trophy (Best Rifle Shot): Cpl Churchill
Valuable Hockey Player: MCpl Van Zandt
Improved Hockey Player: Cpl Gryckiewicz
Captain (ret) John Wellington
The following notice has been received by the
It is with great sadness that I'm informing you all, Capt
retired John Wellington Alden passed away 17 April 2014 at the
young age of 60 years old. We will be celebrating John's life
through a memorial service being held at Mewata Armoury (801-
11st SW, Calgary, AB) on 28 April 2014, commencing at 1400h.
An invitation is attached for the service.
Captain retired John Wellington Alden, CD
28 June 1953- 17 April 2014
Officers and Soldiers of the Calgary
Highlanders are sad to announce that Captain retired John
Wellington Alden, CD passed away on 17 April 2014 at the young
age of 60 years old. Born in Montreal Quebec, John joined the
Canadian Forces in 1970, and had worked in various units over
the years (Black Watch, 78th Fd Bty Red Deer, Loyal Edmonton
Regt, Seaforth Highlanders, 14 Service Bn Calgary, DCO ASU
Calgary), starting off as a private to Chief Warrant Officer,
including RSM of the Seaforth Highlanders, taking his commission
to Captain and remaining with the Calgary Highlanders until his
retirement in June 2013. John is survived by his wife Petey and
A memorial service will be held at Mewata
Armoury (801, 11st SW, Calgary, AB) on 28 April 2014, commencing
at 1400h to celebrate John’s life. All guest are asked to be
seated no later than 1345h. A reception will be held in the
Mewata Officers mess on completion of the service. All are
welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked to
make any donations to the Veterans Food Bank in Calgary (calgarypoppyfund.com/)
1-4539 6 St NE, Calgary, AB. Confirmation of attendance for the
memorial service, as well as farewell messages are to be sent to
Capt S.A. (Steven) Zivkow, Adjt Calgary Highlanders at
firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (403) 410 2320 Ext 3337.
Captain (ret) John Wellington
The Regiment has learned of the passing away of
Captain (ret.) John Alden. Details will provided as they are made
available. Captain Alden retired from the Canadian Forces
on 21 June 2013 after 35-plus years with the CF, having served
variously with 78th
Field Battery, Royal Canadian Artillery (Red Deer), The Black Watch
(Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada, The Loyal Edmonton Regiment (4
PPCLI), The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada,14 (Calgary) Service
Battalion, Deputy Commanding Officer, Area Support Unit Calgary, and
of course with The Calgary Highlanders. He served in the ranks as a
private and worked his way to Chief Warrant Officer and the
appointment of Regimental Sergeant Major of The Seaforth
Highlanders. He served in Calgary as a Master Warrant Officer,
finally taking his commission to Captain and remaining with The
Calgary Highlanders until his retirement.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, April
28th, 2014 at Mewata Armouries. The service will be on the parade
square, with reception to follow in the Officers' Mess.
Anniversary of the Battle of St. Julien
The Regimental Association has announced the plan
for the 2014 St. Julien weekend. Detailed notes are available at
Colonel Bernd Horn
Lieutenant Colonel Ross Ellis Lecture: 17 April 2014
The Ross Ellis Memorial Lecture in Military and
Strategic Studies will be held at Calgary's Military Museums on 17
The evening's speaker will be Colonel Bernd Horn and is titled
'Reflections on Leadership - A Comparative Assessment of
Military/Civilian Approaches'. Doors open at 6:00 pm, the lecture
begins at 7:00 pm and a reception will follow. Those wishing to
attend should RSVP to Nancy
Pearson Mackie by 7 April.
The Ross Ellis Memorial Lecture is sponsored by the Calgary
Highlanders, the Military Museums and the University of Calgary's
Centre for Military and Strategic Studies. A poster with additional
information on the lecture and Col. Horn is
The lecture series is named after Ross Laird
Ellis, a reservist who rose through the ranks to become the
Commanding Officer of The Calgary Highlanders in the course of the
Battle of the Scheldt Estuary in the Second World War. Open to the
general public and University of Calgary faculty and students, the
purpose of the Ross Laird Ellis Lecture is to provide Canadians with
access to relevant and reliable information on Canadian defence and
CWO Robert Besse, CD
Depart with Dignity Ceremony: 2 May 2014
CWO Besse CD, A highly respected member
of the Calgary Highlander Regimental family will be retiring from
the Canadian Armed Forces in June 2014 after 39 plus years of
dedicated and loyal service to our country. A depart with dignity
celebration will be held at the Mewata SNCO Mess on 2 May 2014.
Attached is the invitation message, and hope anyone available will
be able to attend.
Confirmation of attendance at this celebratory event, as well as
anecdotes and farewell messages are to be sent to Sgt David Melcher
at: Sgt. Melcher Please
CC the unit Adjt:
Change of RSM
CWO Robert Besse, CD
2 April 2014
The Calgary Highlanders will mark both the Regimental Birthday and
the change of RSM as CWO Robert Besse steps down after 39 years of
service to the Regiment, the Army and Canada.
A poster with additional information is available at
From Denis Mascardelli, President of the Calgary Highlanders
I regret to inform you of the death of Dennis
Syren on 7 March 2014 in Calgary at the age of 81. Dennis was a
long-time Calgary Highlander, member of Regimental Association
and volunteer at the Military Museums.
Dennis was predeceased by his wife, May, only recently on 16
October 2013. He is survived by two daughters, three
grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, 21 March at 2:30 pm at
the McInnis & Holloway Crowfoot Chapel (82 Crowfoot Circle NW).
If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to the Poppy
Fund (No. 1, 4539 - 6 Street NE, Calgary, AB, T2E 3Z6) or to the
Calgary Highlanders Museum and Archives (4520 Crowchild Trail
SW, Calgary, AB, T2T 5J4).
Lieutenant-Colonel (retired) Mike Vernon gives a behind the scenes
look at a photo shoot for the latest version of the "Regimental
Book", the unit's manual of uniforms, history and traditions. The
shoot took place at Mewata Armouries, the unit's home garrison, in
November 2013. The photographer in the video is Nancy Desilets.
In - Lost Trails
K.J. Patrick Conlin
The webmaster was pleased to get a note and photo from K.J. Patrick
Conlin, CD via email (shown at right as a Master Corporal circa
1980). He writes:
I just found your website and thought
it was about time to join the Association. I’ve included a
few pics if you want to use them. Look for me on Facebook if
Further correspondence on the photo at this
It wasn’t taken in 82-83. The reason I
know this is because I was on the Airborne Jump course
Serial 8115 and was down from Edmonton to visit the
Battalion. The CO insisted to hear how I was progressing and
even though I wasn’t wearing my kilt, they insisted I join
in the picture since I was there and part of the Sgt’s Mess.
The webmaster appreciates the correction, and
the photo caption will be amended.