Master Corporal Graham Humphrey rose to the rank of Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major with the 2881 Queen’s Own Cadet Corps before joining the regiment in January 2007. He started volunteering with the museum in February 2013 and since then has put in over an amazing 350 hours! His primary interest is in the Second World War and he is slowly but steadily transcribing the QOR unit war diaries for that period and posting them on the museum website. He also took the lead in designing and creating our new “1945 to Present” exhibit room. And our QOR Days at Casa Loma would not be the same without his efforts as OPI for participating current serving soldiers and re-enactors.
In December 2015 he was awarded the QOR Associations’ “Rifleman of the Year” award for his many efforts including the museum.
When he’s not working on museum “stuff” you can find this para qualified soldier jumping out of airplanes (70 jumps), participating in re-enactments or working on film sets making things go bang.
How did you end up volunteering at the museum?
I’ve always been interested in military history and I’m currently serving in the regiment so it seemed like a logical thing to do.
What background do you bring with you that you think helps you contribute in this role?
My knowledge of regimental history and historical memorabilia as well as the detail of regimental accoutrements and equipment that were used throughout the unit’s service.
What do you enjoy most about volunteering at the museum?
The surprises every volunteer night brings when finding new artifacts that were collecting dust in the back corners and bringing them to light.
What aspect or content of the museum are you most passionate about and why?
Definitely the personal stories of rifleman who served the regiment before me and then attempting to tell their stories to the best of our ability.
Is there one object in the collection that really excites you or that you think people should know about?
The one object in the collection that really excited me when it came into the museum is Rifleman Jim Wilkins uniform – in particular the invasion boots that were worn by him when he landed at Juno Beach on D-Day.
Why do you think a museum like this is important?
The museum is important for us in the regiment to tell the history of our fallen and who has served before us. As well it helps us educate our new rifleman and the public on what and where the Regiment served.
Would you recommend volunteering to others and if so why?
If you currently serve in the regiment please remember the fallen and those who are currently not with us who served the Regiment and Canada and come help us do that.
If you’d like to help volunteer at the museum, check out our Volunteer page for information and an application.