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.
Change of Command Parade, 2014
LCol Sandi Banerjee CD
from LCol Peter St. Denis, MSC, CD
Led by the pioneers, the regimental band marches on.
Inspecting officer 32 CBG commander Colonel Dwayne Hobbs, CD, inspects the troops accompanied by Maj Frank Lamie.
Commanding officer’s sword is presented to LCol Sandi Banerjee, CD by Col Dwayne Hobbs, CD.
Commanding officer’s wife, Chilpi Banerjee, receives a bouquet from PO Karen Nickerson.
Following tradition, outgoing CO LCol St. Denis doubles through the ranks as he leaves command.
LCol Banerjee leads the troops past the saluting stand.
(Photos by Ron Craig)
Remembrance Day Church Parade, 2014
Heightened police presence as troops march to church.
Skirmishers prepare to take posts at the Cross of Sacrifice.
Skirmishers stand silent vigil, rifles reversed, heads bowed.
Regimental band, led by Bugle Major Emily Kenny and new Director of Music (left) Lt Megan Hodge.
LCol Sandi Banerjee, CD, leads the regiment to church.
Wreath is laid by Hon Col Larry Stevenson.
St. Paul’s Anglican Church choir joins the congregation.
LCol Sandi Banerjee, CD, leads the regiment in the marchpast.
Honorary Colonel Larry Stevenson takes the salute.
It Was QOR Day at Casa Loma
(Random photos taken by Larry Hicks)
New Leaders For The Regimental Band
Former Corporal, now Lieutenant Megan Hodge (left) is the new Director of Music for the regimental band of The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada. Sergeant Emily Kenny is Bugle Major.
It was confirmed in November that the new Director of Music for the regimental band of The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada would be Lieutenant Megan Hodge, a trombonist in the band since 2006. She joins Sergeant Emily Hodge, whose appointment as Bugle Major was made earlier this year.
Former Corporal Hodge, who is from Edmonton, joined the primary reserve force as a trombonist in 2000 with the Band of the Ceremonial Guard (CG) in Ottawa. She returned to CG in 2002, and again for the summers of 2004-2006 before joining the regimental band of The Queen's Own. During this time, Lt Hodge pursued her formal education in trombone performance at the University of Alberta (BMus), McGill University(MMus) and the Glenn Gould School. From 2007-2010 she was principal trombonist with the Kingston Symphony Orchestra, and in 2010 was named to the same position with the Victoria, BC Symphony Orchestra.
Appointed trombone instructor at the Music Cadre at CFB Borden for the summers of 2008-2011, Lt Hodge transferred to the regular force in 2012 and served with the Royal Canadian Artillery Band in Edmonton. In 2013 she rejoined The Queen's Own Rifles.
After returning to Toronto she resumed her professional freelancing career performing regularly with such groups as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Canadian Opera Company, and most recently was a member of the orchestra providing music for this summer's presentation of the spectacular musical The Lion King at Toronto's Princess of Wales Theatre.
Sergeant Emily M. Kenny, CD grew up in Winnipeg where she began piano lessons as a youngster. She transferred her musical interest to the trumpet at the age of 12, eventually joining The Royal Winnipeg Rifles as a trumpet player in 2000. Shortly afterwards she was handed a bugle and told that this was part of the tradition of The Winnipeg Rifles and was advised to learn to play it well, advice she enthusiastically followed.
In 2003, as a bugler, she was a member of a combined Royal Winnipeg Rifles/Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada Band formed to play at the opening of the Juno Beach Centre and again in 2004 at the 60th anniversary of D-Day and in 2005 for the 60th anniversary of VE-Day. During those years she also had the honour of sounding Last Post and Reveille at numerous military funerals, including those of several Canadian soldiers who lost their lives in Afghanistan. In 2010, during the regiment's 150th anniversary, she sounded those bugle calls at a Queen's Own Rifles wreath laying ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa where members of the regiment stood guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Bugle Major Kenny completed studies in Fine Arts at the University of Manitoba then moved to Toronto in 2006 to pursue a career in Dental Technology. In keeping with Rifles traditions, she transferred into the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada, where she found knowledge of military bugle marches and calls was useful in a regiment as strong in bugle traditions as the one where she had first served.
Regimental Remembrance Day Church Parade, November 9, 2014.
Director of Music Lt Megan Hodge (left) and Bugle Major Sgt Emily Kenny, CD, lead the regimental band.
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.
"In Pace Paratus - In Peace Prepared"