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.
William "Bill" Charles Resch
The regiment is saddened to learn of the passing of Bill Resch. From his obituary at grahamfuneralhome.ca:
The full obituary can be found here.
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:
Colonel Shaw presented an oakleaf plaque to the trustees, with the inscription:
Presented to The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Colonel (ret.) A.K. Miller receives
a plaque from The Calgary Highlanders.
Change of Command/Appointment
Lieutenant-Colonel Simon Cox,
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.
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:
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):
Thank you to Warrant Officer (ret.) Ed Storey for the copy of the obituary which appeared in the Ottawa Citizen:
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