New History Book Now On Sale
The new regimental history book covering activities of The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada from 1950 to 2014 is now available for purchase. Written by Charles McGregor, Director of Communications at Regimental Headquarters, this 500-plus pages book contains material gathered from members of The Queen's Own Rifles who served in Canada, Korea, Germany and Cyprus, as well as in Afghanistan and numerous other countries in other parts of the world. The hard-cover book includes many photographs.
To order your copy by VISA or MasterCard telephone Caitlin Bailey at Grenadier Militaria in Montreal at 514-788-6007 or go to the website at grenadiermilitaria.com and click on BUY NOW. Or send a cheque or money order to QOR of C History Book, c/o Grenadier Militaria, 202-5524A, St. Patrick St., Montreal, QC, H4E 1A8. Price is $42.50, including tax and shipping, with delivery beginning on 1 December, 2014.
Queen's Own Rifles D-Day
Survivors Silently Fade Away
In 1994, the members of the committee planning the regiment's participation in the ceremonies marking the 50th anniversary of the landings in June, 1944 were all D-Day veterans. Twenty years later only one was still alive, CQSM Jack Martin, second from the left in the photo. The others (l. to r.) Rolph Jackson, Jack Martin, John Missons, Col Hank Elliot,CD, Jim Leslie, Col C.O Dalton, DSO, RSM Charlie Martin, MM, DCM. They are seated before the painting by war artist Capt Orville Fisher of their landing on that fateful day almost 50 years before.
With the loss in 2014 of D-Day veterans WO Ted O'Halloran of Guelph and Elwyn Smith of Banff, the ranks of those of The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada who landed on Juno Beach on 6 June, 1944 were slowly being winnowed down. The loss over previous months of D-Day veterans Orville Cook, Bill Bettridge, Jasper Martin, Simon Goldenthal, Harold Goss, Clay Bell, Peter Rea, Robert Mitchell, Bill Ives and Alex Kemp reduced the known total of Queen's Own Rifles veterans of the Normandy landing to just 17. Those remaining, now all in their 90s, living in Ontario were: Alec Adair, Cobourg, Fred Barnard, Uxbridge, Edward Butler, Orono, Alec Greer, Port Carling, Jack Hadley, East York, Ken Jamieson, Iroquois Falls, Jack Leggett, Toronto; Nils Lindenas, Port Colborne, Jack Martin, North York; Jim McCullough, Loretto, Roy Shaw, Barrie, Jim Wilkins, North York and Tom Wilson, Thorndale. Bill Ross was in Montreal, Ernie Kells in Gibsons, BC, John O'Neill in Fredericton, NB and the lone known survivor in Alberta was Joe Wagar.
They were among the list of known veterans of the Second World War who went into battle wearing the cap badge and shoulder flashes of The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada and who were also still members of the regimental family. The others were, in Ontario, George Beardshaw, London, Ray Collins, Burlington, Bob Firlotte, Scarborough, Frank Goddard, Kincardine, Sid Stocks, Niagara Falls, Ken McLarty, Lanark and Paul Sterling, Newmarket. Also Joe Gallant, whose address is unknown.
Toronto-born Queen's Own Rifleman Elwyn Alfred Smith had just celebrated his 28th birthday two days before crossing the English Channel and making an opposed landing on the sandy shores of Juno Beach on D-Day. A member of the anti-tank platoon, he was in the second wave in the support company commanded by Captain R.A. Cottrill. His family said that, like many others who participated in the bitter fighting and survived the war, he never talked about his experiences, preferring to live in the present rather than in the past.
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"IN PEACE PREPARED"
This new hardcover book is an interesting and informative account of the military history of the regular force and militia battalions of Canada's oldest continuously-serving infantry regiment from the post-World War Two years to the present time. Includes much anecdotal material provided by those who have served in The Queen's Own, along with numerous photographs.
WHEN THE BOOK GOES ON GENERAL SALE LATER THIS YEAR THE PRICE WILL BE $30. YOU CAN RESERVE A COPY NOW FOR $20 (plus tax and delivery) WITH A MONEY ORDER OR CHEQUE FOR $32.50, PAYABLE TO “QOR OF C HISTORY BOOK.” USE THE ATTACHED COUPON TO ORDER YOUR BOOK (OR BOOKS)
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"In Pace Paratus - In Peace Prepared"