D-Day Veteran Alex Greer: 1918-2015
Sadly we announce the death of Alexander Charles (Alex) Greer, a D-Day veteran of The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada who passed away quietly in Gravenhurst on Sunday, 7 June. Alex joined the Regiment in 1940 and served in Borden, Newfoundland, New Brunswick and England. He landed on D-Day and served through Europe until 1945. A drummer in the Bugle Band, he was 96. He was a longtime member of The Queen’s Own Rifles Bugler’s Mess and often served as its bartender.
D-Day Veteran Honoured
To mark the 75th anniversary of Canada’s engagement in the Second World War, beginning September 10, 2014 and up to the end of 2020, living Canadian Veterans of the Second World War can receive a tribute lapel pin and certificate in recognition of their service to Canada. The design of the commemorative pin is based on the original “Victory Nickel” which features a flaming torch and a large ‘V’ standing both for victory and the coin’s denomination. The coin was originally in circulation from 1943 to 1945 and was re-issued in 2005 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of VE-Day. In the photo, Durham MP and Minister of Veterans Affairs, The Honorable Erin O’Toole (left) and former QOR of C member Edmund Chien made the Victory Pin and Citation presentation to D-Day Veteran Fred Barnard at his home in Uxbridge, Ont.
Padre Maj Timothy “Tim” Nelligan Chaplain
A former officer with The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada, Padre Maj Timothy “Tim” Nelligan Chaplain at RCAF 8 Wing, Trenton, Ont., will retire from the CAF on 20 September 2015 after more than 35 years of loyal and dedicated service to the CAF and the Royal Canadian Chaplain Service. He is seen in the photograph making a presentation to HRH Princess Alexandra, LG, GCVO, during her visit to Canada to mark the regiment's 150th birthday in 2010. The retirement announcement was made on 9 June.
D-Day Plus 71, 6 June 2015
On Saturday 6 June, 2015, members of The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada remembered their regiment’s historic landing on Juno Beach in Normandy in 1944. A morning memorial service was held at Moss Park Armoury, conducted by Regimental Padre Captain John Niles, CD and former Toronto Branch Association President CWO/RSM (ret’d) Brian Budden CD. Wreaths were laid and Last Post and Reveille sounded. At noon the scene shifted to Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto where the annual D-Day commemoration took place. D-Day veterans Jack Martin, Jack Hadley and Edward Butler were present for the event. Rifleman Butler was honoured by being invited to speak of his experiences to those present and his grand-daughter Caitlyn Stafford provided a follow-up to his remarks by reading an account she had prepared. It dealt with his experiences en route to Normandy and the fact that he had been seriously wounded on the beach, 71 years prior. Queen’s Own Rifles Bugler Cpl Kieran Anson-Cartwright and Drummer Sgt John Missons sounded Last Post and Reveille. The Canadian flag was raised over the city by QOR Association Toronto Branch Past President Dave Lavery and Peter Burkhout.
Queen’s Own D-Day veteran Edward Butler stands beside his grand-daughter Caitlin Stafford as she reads an account of his D-Day experiences, including the fact he was wounded seriously on Juno Beach 71 years prior.
D-Day veteran Jack Martin.
D-Day veteran Jack Hadley. All three D-Day veterans present were recently awarded the French Legion of Merit.
D-Day plus 71 at Toronto City Hall.
Regimental Padre Captain John Niles, CD, leads the group in prayer at Moss Park Armoury.
Group seated facing the Regiment’s Wall of Honour.
CSM Donovan O’Halloran CD (left) and Padre Captain John Niles, CD salute after placing the Regiment’s wreath.
Bugler Cpl Kieran Anson-Cartwright and Drummer Sgt John Missons sound Last Post and Reveille.
Mr. Justice John R.R. Jennings Retires from the QOR Regimental Trust Fund after
Years of Dedicated Service
Change at the Regimental Trust
After more than 13 years in the post, Capt Adam Hermant, CD, has stepped down as president of the Regimental Trust. As a mark of appreciation for his service Trust Chairman Col Paul F. Hughes, CD presented the outgoing president with a maquette of a Bugle Major of The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada. The maquette was created by sculptor and artist Don Begg of Cochrane, Alberta, who had previously sculpted presentation maquettes of regimental buglers, drummers, pioneers and skirmishers. The new President is Maj Tony Schultz, CD. The presentation was made at the recent Annual General Meeting of the Regimental Trust in Toronto.
"Decoration Day" at the
National Volunteer Monument
For the first time in many years, citizens gathered in May to lay flowers on the National Volunteer Memorial in Toronto. Unveiled and dedicated in 1870 the monument near Queen's Park was commissioned to as a memorial to militiamen who served and died in or were mortally wounded in the Battle of Ridgeway (or Limeridge) on June 2, 1866. Nine of those in the battle against Fenian raiders from the U.S. were members of 2nd Battalion Queen’s Own Rifles of Toronto, as it was known at the time, just six years after its formation. Seven were killed in action and two later died of wounds. Eighteen more were wounded but survived. The event was organized by Peter Vronsky, author of the book "Ridgeway, The American Fenian Invasion and the 1866 Battle That Made Canada" Participants included Padre John Niles, CD and Skirmishers and a Bugler from The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada, plus a contingent from the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry who fought at Ridgeway as the 13th Battalion.
Rifle detachment from the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry fires a volley.
Bugler Emma Rowlandson-O'Hara from The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada sounds Last Post and Reveille at the Volunteer Monument while Skirmisher Cpl Ted Humphrey stands silent vigil, head bowed, rifle reversed.
Author Peter Vronsky speaks as soldiers from The Queen’s Own Rifles and The Hamilton Light Infantry stand silent vigil at the National Volunteer Monument, heads bowed, rifles reversed.
Skirmisher Cpl Rohan Sowander stands silent vigil at the Volunteer Monument.
Wreaths laid at the National Volunteer Monument.
Running in the Rain
Despite a heavy rainstorm, Queen’s Own Rifles RSM/CWO (ret’d) Brian Budden CD, a participant in the recent Torch Run held to mark the coming of the Pan Am Games in Toronto, succeeded in going the distance while keeping the torch flame alight.
QOR Vancouver Island
Our Vancouver Island branch has recently updated their website with new content and pictures! Please head over to their website and have a look:
"In Pace Paratus - In Peace Prepared"