70th Anniversary of VE-Day
Is Celebrated in London
Thanks to Mike Cuvelier in British Columbia for providing a copy of the program printed for the remembrance service held in London, England on 8 May, 2015 to mark the end of the war in Europe which became known as Victory in Europe Day – VE-Day.
155th Anniversary Parade
A well-attended regimental parade to mark the 155th anniversary of the founding of The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada in 1860 was held in Toronto’s Moss Park Armoury on Saturday, 25 April, 2015. Inspecting Officer was Honorary Colonel Larry Stevenson. The ceremony also included a Drumhead Service conducted by Padre Captain John Niles. On parade for the first time were new drums for the Regimental Band, carrying on the drumshells the full list of Queen’s Own Rifles Battle Honours, including the newest one, for Afghanistan. Following the formal activities, members of the regiment enjoyed participating in Family Day. A selection of photographs follows, taken by Charles McGregor and Larry Hicks.
Regiment is formed up on the parade square.
Honorary Colonel Larry Stevenson inspects the troops.
Regimental Band, led by Director of Music Lt Megan Hodge.
Honorary Colonel Larry Stevenson addresses the parade.
Padre Capt John Niles conducts the Drumhead Service.
Regimental Skirmishers on parade.
D-Day veteran Jack Hadley receives the Medal of the French Legion of Honour presented by Colonel Van Domme.
D-Day Veteran Jim Park, of the Winnipeg Rifles receives traditional kiss following receipt of the French Legion of Honour.
Regimental Band member John Missons with one of the new drums carrying all 47 Queen’s Own Rifles Battle Honours, including the most recent, Afghanistan.
The Regimental Band performed a short concert for guests at the 155th Anniversary Parade.
It Was Family Day At MPA
New QOR Exhibit at Casa Loma Museum
On Tuesday, 21 April, 2015 The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada's Regimental Museum in Casa Loma, Toronto, hosted a reception to launch its new “QOR Portraits Exhibit.” Donors, members of the Regimental Senate and Trust, and other guests joined the museum team for this event. Guests were received at Casa Loma by a detachment of Regimental Skirmishers, and a brass quintet from the Regimental Band provided entertainment during the evening.
Catering and refreshments were provided by Casa Loma, represented at the reception by its President Lynda Washkau, and Liberty Entertainment Group, the operators of Casa Loma, represented by Vice President Pat Di Donato.
Regimental Museum Curator Major John Stephens said that, "The exhibit, originally conceived as a temporary exhibit, will now be a permanent addition to the Museum’s collection. The regiment is very fortunate to now have 20 large photographic reproductions of the official portraits of its first 17 Commanding Officers, the first Honorary Colonel, and two of its Colonels-in-Chief."
He added that, "The artists represent leading portrait painters from Canada and the United Kingdom, including Richard Stone (HRH The Duchess of Cornwall); John Stanton Ward (HRH Princess Alexandra); W.L. Forster (First seven Commanding Officers); Wyly Grier (Sir Henry Pellatt); Dorothy Stevens (LCol Reginald Pellatt); Robert Allen Barr (several Commanding Officers); Carl Ahrens (Maj Gen Malcolm Mercer, CB) and Hal Denton (LCol Langmuir).
"Thanks to the generous donations of members of the regimental family we have been able to reproduce onto high quality canvas a series of high-resolution photographs taken by Christopher Lawson and Larry Hicks. An exhibit catalogue has also been produced," Maj Stephens said.
He paid tribute to members of the museum’s volunteer team, "who, in the weeks leading up to the exhibit, worked hard to ensure all the works were properly hung and labels mounted prior to the reception" He added that "I would certainly encourage any member of the regimental family to visit the museum to see this new exhibit."
Museum Curator Maj John Stephens (left) with Commanding Officer LCol Sandi Banerjee, CD. Portrait is of MGen Sir Henry Pellatt, CVO, who commanded the regiment from `1901-1912. The museum is established in the home he built in Toronto between 1911-1914.
Vice President Pat Di Dinato, (left) of Liberty Entertainment Group (who operate Casa Loma) with Assistant Curator, CWO/RSM (ret’d) Shaun Kelly, CD.
CWO/RSM (ret’d) Robbie Chan, CD and Rob Grieve at the artwork depicting the landing of The Queen’s Own Rifles at Juno Beach on D-Day.
CWO/RSM (ret’d) Scott Patterson, CD in front of portraits of MGen R. Rennie, CB, CMG, DSO, MVO, (left) who commanded 1916-1920 and Col G.C. Royce, 1920-1921.
The Brass Quintet of the Regimental Band played during the reception.
"In Pace Paratus - In Peace Prepared"