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
On November 11 a group of Camerons traveled to Brighton, Ontario to present Wilfred Pound his Legion of Honour medal at the local Legion branch. Mr Pound will be 95 in December but you couldn’t tell by how quick he was to get up and greet fellow Camerons who were there to support him on this fine day. Col Kelly said “My Remembrance Day memories are many from parading in Montreal to Ottawa to Afghanistan as well as running the gamut of parade appointments. November 11, 2014 will hold a special place in my memory as I not only enjoyed a parade in small town Ontario but I was afforded the great honour to be in the presence of a man who truly loves his Regiment and continues to take great pride in the service of fellow Camerons. It remains our responsibility to honour our forefathers and to carry the Cameron regimental spirit proudly.
Presenting is Col Pat Kelly (former CO). Left to right: Cpl Michaud, Col Kelly, Wilf Pound, MWO Henry and Cpl Bolger.
On Tuesday 2 December in Moose Creek, Ontario, Claude Provost was presented with his medal by LCol Nicholas Lallemand De Driesen, French Army as the commanding officer, LCol Robert Patchett looks on. Claude poses with the entire group: Left to right: Sgt Bill McDougall, DCO Maj. Sean Clark, Claude Provost, LCol Nicholas Lallemand De Driesen, CO LCOL Robert Patchett, DSM MWO Jay Henry, MCpl Eric Proulx, and from the Association; LCol (Ret’d) Dan Mackay and Association president, Chris Murphy.