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TRANSITIONS 2017 (link to 2017 calendar)

 

Announced

Meritorious Service Medal

Chief Warrant Officer Emmett Kelly, MSM, CD

 

Notice has been received that Chief Warrant Officer Emmett Kelly, who served as Regimental Sergeant Major of The Calgary Highlanders from 2008 to 2011, has been selected to receive the Meritorious Service Medal. An official citation via CANFORGEN, and an investiture, will follow in the autumn. The Governor General's office advises that the award is for "leadership and planning during the 2015 100th anniversary of the 2nd Battle of Ypres."

 

A number of activities occurred during the 2015 anniversary, including a two-week pilgrimage to the United Kingdom, France and Belgium. During the tour, the Regiment was hosted at Canada House to tea with the Colonel-in-Chief, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, following a parade through the Canada Gate at Buckingham Palace to the Canada Memorial at Green Park. On 22 April 2015, 100 years later to the day, The Calgary Highlanders and The Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary's) stepped off on the road from Mouse Trap Farm and followed the path of their predecessor units, the 10th and 16th Battalions, CEF, and marched to Kitcheners Wood, the site of their famous counter-attack at the start of the 2nd Battle of Ypres. Both units dined on the battlefield and commemorated the attack of their forefathers with local Belgian citizens who paid host to them with a chicken dinner. Other activities included shooting vintage weapons on the range at Bisley, parading at the Menin Gate during the Last Post ceremony, and visits to significant battlefields at Vimy, the Somme, Walcheren Causeway and Normandy.

 

The photo at right was taken at the Hyde Park Barracks where soldiers of the Calgary Highlanders and Canadian Scottish trained for the parade at Green Park. The appointment insignia is that for a formation sergeant major, at the time CWO Kelly was serving as Brigade RSM of 41 Canadian Brigade Group.

 

More information on the MSM can be found here.

 

 

Last Post

William "Bill" Charles Resch

The regiment is saddened to learn of the passing of Bill Resch. From his obituary at grahamfuneralhome.ca:

It is with sadness we announce the passing of William “Bill” Charles Resch of Keremeos, BC, beloved husband of 70 years to Lillian “Lil”. Bill passed away in his 92nd year at the Penticton Regional Hospital on Friday, July 28, 2017.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather and will be cherished by his children: Betty (Dave) Campbell, Barb (Bill) Ingram; grandchildren: Stephanie, Leigh, Norm, Michael, Emily; great grandchildren: Dylan, Savannah, Dante, Aisia, Eden, Kade, Neven, Charlie, Evelyn, Kielee, Arlo and Logan as well as by extended family and friends. He was predeceased by five brothers and six sisters.

Bill was a proud member of The Calgary Highlanders serving his country in the Second World War. While serving in Holland, Bill was wounded in battle leaving him blind and disabled. He especially loved ranching, farming and fishing.

One of his many proud achievements included receiving his gold and silver medals from the World Blind Bowls Championships. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

Memorial donations in his honour may be made directly to the CNIB.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am in the Chapel of Graham Funeral Home on Saturday, August 19, 2017.

To share condolences, please visit www.grahamfuneralhome.ca.

The full obituary can be found here.

Commemorated

70th Anniversary of the Appointment of HM Queen Elizabeth II

as Colonel-in-Chief of the Allied Regiment

July 2017 marked the 70th anniversary of the appointment of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as Colonel-in-Chief of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise’s). In 1947 HM was still Princess Elizabeth and the Argylls had not yet been amalgamated into The Royal Regiment of Scotland.

The current regimental association of the Argylls hosted an event to mark their special relationship with HM Queen Elizabeth (who incidentally became Colonel-in-Chief of The Calgary Highlanders in 1981).

Honorary-Colonel Michael Shaw and wife Linda attended the event. They were hosted by Brigadier-General Bruce Russell, Chairman of the Trustees of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders at their headquarters in Stirling Castle.

Colonel Shaw notes:

“We were greeted very graciously and everyone came up to us and thanked us for "crossing the pond” to attend the event. It began with a briefing and what we were to do and what we were not too do. ( No selfies with the Queen!)

“We were taken to the Chapel - where we were given priority seating ( Row 3, seats #3&4) - directly across the aisle from Her Majesty - who was in row one - seat 1. ( where else?!!) The church service was about 30 minutes - concluding with God Save the Queen - and it was very spine tingling to be singing that anthem - with the Queen to whom we were singing sitting no more that 5-7 yards away. Quite an experience.

“Prior to the entry of Her Majesty - the Queen’s Piper found me and told me that her equerry had just called him as “Her Majesty has requested that you be available to chat with her at some time during the visit”. That made me nervous!

“Following the church service we were ushered into the Great Hall. For those of you who have visited various castles and seen “great halls” and have been told that they used to be used for “Grand Royal Luncheons and Dinners” - we actually saw a great hall beautifully prepared and all ready to go for a Royal luncheon! This hall was beautifully and impressively decked out in all its finery and beauty. The tables (19 of them) were beautiful and the hall looked absolutely stunning.

“There was a raised dias or stage ( raised about 2 feet) at the head of the hall and there were three tables on the stage - and we found ourselves assigned to table 3 on the stage and were told that HRM was at table one - right beside us, with the Duke of Edinburgh sitting at table 2 - the other table on the stage. We felt very fortunate and honoured to have been assigned these prime seats.

“Prior to sitting down, we were asked to stand back a little - at the place that Bruce Russel would bring Her Majesty to introduce us and to chat with us. (There also was Lieutenant-Colonel Glenn Gibson of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada in attendance with his wife.

“The Queen arrived into the great hall and had one picture taken with the past CO’s of the A&SH and then was brought over to us to say hello.

“She was delightful and she said that she specifically wanted to chat with me as “just yesterday I read the report that was sent to me by the Calgary Highlanders and I was delighted to see that the Regiment was in good form” ( or words to that effect!) I told her that we had just had a change of command and she informed me that she was very aware of that. I told her the Regiment was in wonderful shape and that we have a good succession plan in place and the Regiment is very healthy. She was very pleased with her Calgary Highlanders.

“Thanks to our Regimental Secretary Lee Villiger for sending the updated report over to her - what exquisite timing!! We chatted about the regiment and we told her that we were here primarily for this event and she was delighted that we came just for this. She was sharp and on the ball and actually very spry. We all sat down to lunch - delightful but quite surreal to look up and see the Queen (again about 5-7 years away) eating her lunch.

“Linda’s had the Queens bodyguard on her right ( we were seated so that we would have a direct view of the Queen and that is why he was there) and Linda asked if he was concerned about the 175 or so people in attendance - surely he was not worried about THIS group?!! No he replied, I am not at all worried about this group of soldiers and guests - "I just am seated so that I can constantly look at her to make sure she doesn’t choke!! And the Duke too”!

“The meal ended, the Queen departed and we all went outside to wave goodbye and to give her a three cheers.

"So- that concluded our luncheon and what an experience it was. Following the Queen’s departure, we were taken up to the museum for a private tour and a briefing on what they are trying to accomplish. I will report on this in another email. All in all, a wonderful event and it is so pleasing that Queen Elizabeth knows all about her Calgary Regiment and is keenly interested in all we do.”

Colonel Shaw presented an oakleaf plaque to the trustees, with the inscription:

Presented to The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
In commemoration of our joint relationship with
HM Queen Elizabeth II
Our Colonel-In-Chief
From your allied regiment - The Calgary Highlanders
5 July 2017

 


Honorary Colonel Shaw with wife Linda at Stirling Castle; HM Queen Elizabeth is in her vehicle in the background.

 

Colonel (ret.) A.K. Miller receives a plaque from The Calgary Highlanders.
 

Colonel (ret.) A.K. MIller presents the regiment with a commemorative book marking the 70th Anniversary of the appointment of HM Queen Elizabeth II as Colonel-in-Chief of the Allied Regiment. Only three copies of the book exist at present, one in possession of Her Majesty, another in Hamilton with The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada, and this one.

 

Change of Command/Appointment

Lieutenant-Colonel Simon Cox, CD
Chief Warrant Officer Glenn G. Fedoruk, CD

 

The Calgary Highlanders hosted a unique parade on which both senior members of the command team relinquished their duties to successors. Lieutenant-Colonel Kyle Clapperton, who assumed command of The Calgary Highlanders in 2014, handed command of the unit to Lieutenant-Colonel Simon Cox. Chief Warrant Officer Chris Tucker was similarly succeeded in the appointment of Regimental Sergeant Major by Chief Warrant Officer Glenn Fedoruk.

 


The outgoing command team, photographed in 2015 accepting the Canadian Forces Unit Commendation from the Chief of Defence Staff and Canadian Forces Chief Warrant Officer.

Last Post

Lloyd A. Swick, MSM, CD, BSc

The regiment is saddened to learn of the passing of Lloyd Swick, who served as an officer with The Calgary Highlanders during the Second World War. The official obituary published in the Ottawa Citizen is reproduced below. Mr. Swick was seen in recent years at the national commemoration of Victory in Europe (V-E) Day in the national capital.

 

Swick ended the war as a lieutenant in "D" Company. A correspondent writing for a souvenir edition of "The Glen" shortly after the war ended recalled:

Space will permit us to recount only a few of our activities in action.  Most of us still remember the time we were held up in Doetinchem on Easter Sunday and Monday.  We came out with only 16 men left in the platoon - but victorious.  Or the time when 16 Platoon had the sole honor of plowing through six canals between Hoogkerk and Groningen mopping up the enemy in our advance.   It was there that Number Three section lay on the bank for two solid hours freezing to death.  Finally, when the most patient of us gave out and began to voice his righteous indignation too loudly, Mr. Swick upbraided us for being uncivilized.

 

In addition to an obituary, a tribute to Swick by Kelly Egan of the Ottawa Citizen was published following his death (link to the original article here):

 

I first met Lloyd Swick in 2010 when he was 87 years old — and yet unstoppable.

He had this kooky plan to create a national monument — not to people — but to animals that had served in Canadian wars. In this town, where it takes nine agencies to change a light bulb, what chance did a long-retired soldier have of advancing such an offbeat memorial in bronze and stone, on public land?

Well, against odds, he did it. The Animals in War Memorial was unveiled in Confederation Park on Nov. 3, 2012, with Laureen Harper as honorary chair.

“He was an amazing guy,” said friend Don Dalziel, 75, who produced a short biography of Swick, one of the city’s best-known war veterans.

Mischievous? Audacious? Imaginative? Energetic? Daughter Patti told me that, one day, Lloyd decided the view from the kitchen table on Bonnie Crescent was insufficient because of a smallish window. Soon after, his wife Doris returned home from a walk to discover he had chainsawed a large hole in the wall. Oh yes, there were ways to get a better view.

Or the time he painted the garbage cans purple. Or turned an old grand piano into a garden ornament on the front lawn. Or took the kids camping in an army-issue tent, so big it had three compartments. Or taught the kids skiing by rope-towing them behind the car in Edmonton. “He wasn’t stopped by convention,” remarked Patti.

Retired major Lloyd A. Swick died on Saturday at the age of 94. He leaves five daughters grieving, a generation weaker, a town paler. Born in Winnipeg in 1922 of Polish parents — his father was a CN railway/hotel cook — Swick would join the armed forces not once, but twice. He first served with the Calgary Highlanders, rising to become a platoon commander as his unit made its way through Normandy shortly after D-Day in 1944. He was there for the liberation of several communities in Holland, forging links with the Dutch that would last a lifetime. Not only did he return to the Netherlands in 2015, as part of a commemorative delegation, but he was chosen to greet Princess Margriet when she visited Ottawa — her birthplace — in 2002.

He married Doris, a neighbour in Winnipeg, in 1943 and the couple had children in four different cities in a union that moved frequently but lasted 67 years. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Manitoba after the Second World War, he joined the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, became a paratrooper and commanded a company in Korea. He also served in India, Pakistan and Haiti, in a career that stretched 44 years. Retirement was but the start of a new phase, said Patti. “I don’t know, after the war, they just really jumped into life and lived it to the fullest.”

Music was an important part of the family life — a trait shared with Doris and passed to the childrren — and Swick played piano every day, well into his 90s. He often sang and provided music at the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre, where he was honoured for his volunteerism, spoke to schools and cadet corps. He was an avid golfer and enthusiastic woodworker and Patti said he never missed an opportunity to “instruct” the girls in his various hobbies.

Yet his passion for war-time animals may stand as his most lasting achievement.

Swick made a persuasive case for honouring their sacrifice: Horses pulled heavy artillery; mules hauled gear and ammo; pigeons carried important messages; dogs patrolled, helped string wire, sniffed out land mines, provided comfort; canaries were life-saving sentinels; camels, elephants, even glow-worms had parts to play. (An estimated eight million horses perished in the First World War.) Swick was something of a one-man crusade at first, but soon gained the ear of the National Capital Commission and the heft of NDP MP Peter Stoffer. A veterinary association came on board, fundraising grew and a committee began to take shape.

Eventually, the prime minister’s wife, a noted animal lover, lent her name to the effort and the deal was sealed. Today in the downtown park, there are three plaques mounted on large stones, resting before a sitting dog outfitted with an army kit. A replica of the dog, by Wakefield artist David Clendinning, now rests on the Swick lawn, in the Baseline-Clyde area.

Swick was in good health — and humour — until cancer caught up with him. As he wished, he died at home, vowing to leave the house “feet first,” Patti said. “He wanted to keep living, that was the hardest part.”

A service is planned at Beechwood Cemetery at 2 p.m. on Feb. 4.

Thank you to Warrant Officer (ret.) Ed Storey for the copy of the obituary which appeared in the Ottawa Citizen:


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