At the Commanding Officer’s Parade with Alpha and Bravo Companies, the Regimental Colours and the Pipes and Drums on parade, the Foundation publicly recognized four donors. Their contributions to the Regimental Family over time have allowed us to publish the regimental history ‘Capital Soldiers’ and to fund the purchase of ceremonial uniforms which will permit the Regiment to parade a 100 person guard in full highland dress.
Each donor was presented with an autographed copy of ‘The Machine Gunner’ by Alex Colville. Mr. Colville is an internationally renowned painter who served as a war artist during WWII. This painting is one of the few in which the subject’s regiment is recognizable; in this case he is a member of the Camerons. Prior to his death, Mr Colville signed 24 copies of this work with the proviso that the Foundation use them to recognize support to the Regimental Family.
From Left to Right: Cpl M Forfar, HCol Paul Hindo, LCol (Ret’d) Tim and Mrs Edith Dear, Chris and Linda Murphy, CWO (Ret’d) Gwyn Nicholson, Pte P Cholette.
Foundation President, Maj (Ret’d) Doug Palmer and the Regiment’s Honourary Colonel Paul Hindo who accepted to copy on behalf of Morguard Investments.
Chris and Linda Murphy.
LCol (Ret’d) Tim and Mrs Edith Dear
Foundation Vice-president, Capt (Ret’d) Gerry McCauley presents a print to CWO (Ret’d) Gwyn Nicholson
The Cameron Regimental Family lost another major figure in former Honorary Colonel Justice John (Jack) Urie on Sunday, February 22, 2015. We Camerons knew him as “Jake.” His remarkable life and times and his relationship with his wife Dorothy are showcased in Obituary: Couples’ 68-year love story ends three days apart by Blair Crawford of the Ottawa Citizen.
In the following photograph, former Honorary Colonel Justice Jake Urie is being presented his Legion of Honour medal by Colonel Guillaume Bourdeloux, French Liaison Officer, at his residence on February 2, 2015. He is flanked by Dorothy.
Col Bourdeloux about to present the Legion of Honour to former Honorary Colonel Justice Jake Urie (flanked by his wife Dorothy)
The Foundation has announced the start of Phase II of the Ceremonial Uniforms Project.
Over the past four years the Foundation has been able to provide the Regiment with enough uniforms to allow it to parade 100 soldiers in full ceremonial regalia.
The goal of Phase II is to provide the Regiment with an additional 50 ceremonial uniforms by July 1, 2017.
For full information on the project please see the Ceremonial Uniforms Project page which also provides details on how you can support the Foundation and the Regiment.
On February 2nd former Honorary Colonel, Justice Jake Urie was presented his Legion of Honour medal by Colonel Guillaume Bourdeloux, French Liaison Officer at his residence. Col Urie was accompanied by his wife and his many friends. From the Regiment, Honorary Colonel Paul Hindo; LCol Robert Patchett, CO; RSM CWO Bruce Dunn; and Pte Joseph, piper, were in attendance. From the Regimental Association, LCol Dan Mackay (Ret’d) and past president Chris Murphy were in attendance.
Col Bourdeloux about to present Jake Urie
Col Bourdeloux and Jake Urie (wearing his medal) enjoying a glass of champagne
Lynne Wickson provided this letter and a copy of the dinner menu which her husband Frank sent his mother from Europe on 2 January 1945.
Pte. F.E. Wickson, Tuesday 2 January 1945
Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa
Canadian Army B.W.E.F. (British Western Expeditionary Force)
We had a good time here yesterday. Because we were in the front line for Christmas we had our big celebration New Years. We had six kegs of beer and a real good dinner with turkey and all the trimmings followed up with Christmas cake, cinnamon buns, doughnuts and candy; also plum pudding. After our dinner we saw the picture “And the Angels Sing”. We had the dinner in a large hall in town but now we are near the front waiting to go back up. I got the menu of the dinner which I am sending in an ordinary envelope. It has all the major battles and a few of the minor ones I’ve been in so it should make interesting reading.”
New Year’s Dinner of 1 January 1945 – “B” Coy Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (MG).
From Frank’s “Wartime Peacetime” story, which I am editing at the moment, it appears that for this dinner they taken to the Aakland Hall in Nijmegen, Holland. That day, their commander, Major Jim Macpherson was told that he was awarded the Military Cross for his actions around Caen, when he had been second-in-command of “C” Company.
Happy New Year.
Frank Davis, 93, was presented his medal, rank of Knight of the French National Order of the Legion of Honour, by Ontario Command’s vice chair Ron Goebel at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 240 in Almonte on November 8th at the Remembrance Day Dinner. Frank enlisted in The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa on Sept. 4, 1939 as a young man of 20. Frank was assigned to Headquarters Company as a drummer with the regimental pipe band and on June 7, 1944, Headquarters Company landed in Normandy. “Frank, we are here tonight to honour you as the longest serving member of Branch 240,” immediate past president John Souter said. In front of a capacity crowd he received his 70-year service pin from the branch honours and award chair Matt Carson. “Thank you,” he said. “This makes me very happy.” Frank was a founding member of the Branch 240 Almonte Pipe Band and though he might be slowing down a bit, but he’s not done yet. Last year on Nov. 11 he was in Pakenham playing the drum roll at the Remembrance Day service.
Frank receiving his 70 year pin.
Cpl. Edgar Bedard, 90, was presented his medal, rank of Knight of the French National Order of the Legion of Honour, by Allan Fell former president of 432 Royal Canadian Air Force (Algoma) of The Air Force Association of Canada at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 25, Sault Ste. Marie on December 5th. Ed Bedard is believed to be the first of two Sault veterans to receive the honour. He was nominated for the award by Allan Fell. “It’s quite an honour to be recognized,” said Ed. The Coniston native served with The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa and landed on Juno Beach on D-Day as part of a Bren gun carrier crew.
L-R – Band Manager Rick Thorold, RAF Allan Fell, Cpl. Bedard,
Mayor Christian Provenzano and Vice President Dominion Command Ed Pigeau.
Cpl. Edgar Bedard being pinned by Alan Fell