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150th Anniversary Project: New History Book

The Royal Regiment of Canada decided last year, as one of its 150th Anniversary projects, to produce a new regimental history book. Capt (Ret’d) Mihail Murgoci has been appointed by the Honorary Colonel, Col Anthony Graham and the Commanding Officer, LCol Jesse Jones, to be the Project Manager. Mr. Donald Graves, a renowned Canadian military historian, has been hired to be the author. Robin Brass of Robin Brass Studios, Canada’s premier publisher of Canadian military books, will be the layout editor and graphic designer. Garry Embleton, one of the finest military illustrators and who lives in Switzerland, will provide a series of illustrations depicting Royals in various uniforms from throughout its history. Continue reading

Annual Reunion Dinner – Saturday 10 Nov 2012

The 10th & 11th Nov Weekend is our last event weekend to celebrate the Regiment’s 150th anniversary!

This year we will be back in the Civic Ballroom at the Sheraton Hotel in Toronto. The price will be $85 per person. This includes a splendid three course Dinner and complimentary wine! It is excellent value in a quality location. Three bottles of wine will be served at each each table. Additional wine will be available at extra cost. As part of our Veterans’ Welfare program, the association will sponsor WWII & Korean War veterans and one care-giver each at no charge. This recognises their past financial & moral support for the Regiment & the Association over many years. Continue reading

Scholarships to be Awarded

Depending on the number of donations, most, or all of the following Scholarships will be available for presentation to Students in the Regiment & the Cadet Corps. This program started more than ten years ago with just one Scholarship sponsored in memory of Maj The Rev Homfray Clifford,  by Nancy-Helen Clifford.  Now there are more than forty! Continue reading

150th Anniversary Battlefield Tour

From 6 Jun to 8 Jul 2012, 28 members of the Association & the Regiment toured WWI & WWII European Battlefields. The Tour was organized by former Commanding Officer, BGen Garry Thomson, CD.

It began with a visit to the beach where The Royal Regiment landed as part of the 2nd Canadian Division on 5 Jul 1944. The Tour then followed the route taken by the Royals after their landing. On reaching the town of Louvigny, near Caen, a wreath was placed at the Memorial erected by the Town in 1974. That year the Regiment mounted a brass plaque commemorating the role of The Royal Regiment & the 8th Reconnaissance Regt who freed the Town of Louvigny in 1944. A marble plaque was mounted that same year on an outside wall of the Town’s Church. It lists the names of 55 Royals who were killed, or later died of their wounds in the battle. Later the Mayor and Townspeople hosted a reception in the Town Hall for members of the Tour and local Citizens. The Tour then followed the Falaise Road to the point where the Royals helped close the Falaise Gap. The Tour then moved on to the Town of Dieppe and the beach at Puys, “Bluebeach.”  A wreath was laid here at The Royal Regiment of Canada Memorial. As this year is the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Dieppe, it was covered in great detail. Continue reading

Annual Cadet Inspection

Report by LT Laura Phillips, Acting Commanding Officer.

On Thursday, June 7th, The Royal Regiment of Canada Cadet Corps held their Annual Inspection at Fort York Armoury. This year was a special occasion as it marked the 50th Anniversary of the forming of the unit. To recognize this milestone year, the Corps was privileged and honoured to have Col (Ret’d) Ted Taylor, CD as its Reviewing Officer. Col Taylor has a longstanding relationship and connection with the Royals having served as an Officer and eventually Commanding Officer of the Regiment. In 1962, when High Schools no longer supported Cadet Training, he formed 2736 Cadet Corps at Fort York Armoury and was appointed the first Commanding Officer of the Corps. His presence at this year’s Annual provided a tangible and strong link to this moment in the Corps history. Continue reading