Timeline: 1950-1974

Please note: This timeline is a work in progress and we continue to update as we record more information from published references and our archives. It includes dates of events, activities and operations for the Queen’s Own Rifles.

See Timeline home page for references.

1950

February 16 – A one hundred man Guard of Honour commanded by Major R. L. Bickford and the Military Band are present at the opening of the Provincial Legislature [2] p284

May 7 – The Prime Minister of Northern Ireland, Sir Basil Brooke visited the Officers’ Mess [2] p284

June 25 – Korean War begins – A good many men left to join the Korean Special Force [2] p284

1951

May 5 – The 27th Canadian Infantry Brigade was formed for service in Europe as Canada’s contribution to North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) ground forces. The Queen’s Own provided the support Company of the 1st Canadian Rifles and eight officers: Major W. J. Weir, MBE; Captain G. F. Hall; Lieutenants P. B. L. MacKinnon, M. de C. O’Grady, M. B. Symons and A. C. Whealy; Second Lieutenants W. R. Campbell and G. C. Pilcher. Fifty seven others ranks enlisted directly and the remainder including a reinforcement company, were secured by regimental recruiting [2] p285

May 5 – 2nd Canadian Rifles was formed in Canada with Lieutenant Colonel W. H. V. Matthews, MC, CD commanding [2] p278

May 17 – Lieutenant Colonel H. E. Dalton, DSO, CD replaces Lieutenant Colonel Barnard as Commanding Officer [2] p344

September 9 – Warrant Officer I D. Green, MM, CD replaces Warrant Officer I J. W. Barnes, EM as Regimental Sergeant Major [2] p285

November – 1st Canadian Rifles left for Germany and was stationed in an old German artillery barracks, renamed Edinburgh Barracks, at Hanover [2] p275

1952

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“Upon arrival Hannover ,1CRB and 1CHB were quartered in a former German artillery housing now renamed Edinburgh Barracks. For administrative purposes the 27th Brigade was attached to British 11th Armoured Division. part of the British Army on the Rhine.” Powder Horn: Fall 2012/Winter 2013 Issue
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Vickers Machine Gun position during the 27CIB Live Firing Exercises at Putlos on the Baltic Sea, August 1952. 2nd Lieutenant Ken Ridge, QOR, Support Company on left holding what may be a range finder?, others unknown.

October 30 – Lieutenant Colonel J. N. Gordon, DSO, CD replaces Lieutenant Colonel H. E. Dalton as Commanding Officer [2] p344

November 22-23 – The Victoria Rifles paid the Queen’s Own a visit in Toronto [2] p285

1953

March 19 – Canadian Rifles Depot organized at the Prince of Wales Armouries in Edmonton [2] p281

March 24 – Her Majesty Queen Mary, died after serving as Colonel in Chief of the Queen’s Own Rifles since 1928 [2] p285

June 2 – Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Each Canadian regiment was allocated one representative to attend and Bugle Major Bob Wilson, MM represented The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada [Robert Wilson]

July 27 – Korean War Armistice signed

October 16 – 1st Canadian Rifles (then in Europe) becomes the 1st Battalion, Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada and the 2nd Canadian Rifles (training in Canada) become the 2nd Battalion, QOR of C in the Canadian Regular Army. The militia battalion would be styled the 3rd Battalion, QOR of C (CAO 76-3, Pt ‘B’, Supp Issue No. 358/53)  [2] p286

October 16 – Lieutenant Colonel J. M. Delamere MBE, CD is appointed Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion QOR of C. (Regular Force) (Although nominally in command he was seconded for his full term and the Major C. P McPherson CD acted as temporary Commanding Officer) [2] p344/5

October 16 – Lieutenant Colonel W. H. V. Matthews MC, CD appointed Commanding Officer of the 2nd Battalion QOR of C [2] p344

October 16 – Lieutenant Colonel Gordon continues as Commanding Officer of what is now known as 3rd Battalion (Reserves) [2] p344

October 16 – Depot designated as The Queen’s Own Rifles of  Canada Depot and activated on March 1st, 1954 [2] p281

November 17 – 1st Battalion returns to Currie Barracks, Calgary from Germany [2] p275

1954

Bugle Major Jack replaces Bugle Major Bob Wilson, MM who served for 15 years as Bugle Major – first of the 1st Battalion overseas during WWII, and then the 3rd Battalion (Reserves)

Bugle Major Jim Kaiser replaces Bugle Major Jack as Bugle Major of 3rd Battalion (Reserves)

January 15 – 1st Battalion has first formal parade in Canada as Queen’s Own Rifles, inspected by Major General C. Vokes, CB, CBE, DSO, ED, General Officer Commanding Western Command [2] p275

February 27 – 2nd Battalion came to Toronto on the way to Korea and paraded with the 3rd Battalion to St. Paul’s for divine service. That night they entrained for Seattle, Washington [2] p279

March – 2nd Battalion QOR of C is posted to Korea for a six month rotation [2] p286

March 1 – Major C. D. Rehill, CD is appointed Commanding Officer of the regular force Regimental Depot [2] p345

April 26 – 2nd Battalion celebrates QOR’s 94th Anniversary in Korea [2] p289

May 1 – Lieutenant Colonel J. I. Mills, CD replaces Lieutenant Colonel Gordon as Commanding Officer of 3rd Battalion (Reserves) [2] p344

May 2 – Lieutenant Colonel Gordon is appointed to command the 4th Brigade (Militia) [2] p286

September 20 – Lieutenant Colonel C. P. McPherson replaces Delamere as Commanding Officers of 1st Battalion QOR of C (Regular Force) [2] p344

October 15 – Hurricane Hazel struck Toronto and Queen’s Own called out to assist in rescue and rehabilitation work [2] p286

December 2 – Warrant Officer I W. M. Tubbs, CD replaces Warrant Officer I D. Green as Regimental Sergeant Major of the 3rd  Battalion (Reserves) [2] p286

1955

January 2 – Captain R. J. Newsham appointed padre [2] p286

April 6 – 2nd Battalion left Inchon, Korea on the USS General M. M. Patrick and after sixty days leave, reassembled at Gordon Head, Vancouver Island [2] p280

USNS General M M Patrick on which 2nd Battalion returned from Korea in April 1955

April 22 – 2nd Battalion arrives at Seattle, Washington and after sixty days leave, is reassembled at Gordon Head Barracks, Vancouver Island[2] p280

May 23 – The Honorable J. J. Bowlen, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta took the salute at the 1st Battalion Feu de joie [2] p275

June 4 – 1st Battalion takes part in Calgary’s 50th Anniversary during which the town presents the battalion with a glockenspiel [2] p275

July 2 to August 16 – 1st Battalion attends Wainwright Concentration [2] p275

October 15 – Major C. J. Doerkson, CD replaces Major Rehill as Commanding Officer of the regular force Regimental Depot [2] p345

1956

January 11 – Regimental Depot moved from Edmonton to Calgary’s Currie Barracks [2] p281

May 26 – A detachment from 3rd Battalion participates in Tri-Service Guard at City Hall [2] p286

September 1 – Lieutenant Colonel R. F. MacKay, MC, CD replaces Lieutenant Colonel Matthews as Commanding Officer, 2nd Battalion (Regular Force) [2] p344

October 25 – Lieutenant Colonel R. L. Bickford, CD replaces Lieutenant Colonel Mills as Commanding Officer of 3rd Battalion (Reserves) [2] p345

November 16 – 3rd Battalion (Reserves) fired a feu de joie at the Toronto Horse Show [2] p286

Corporal Frank Walsh of the 1st Battalion, Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada, preparing for UN peacekeeping duty in the Middle East, November 1956.

November 13 – OPERATION RAPID STEP – 1st Battalion heads to Halifax (via Downsview) as it prepares to move to Suez Canal in a Peacekeeping role. However Egyptians object because their name and uniforms are too similar to British forces to appear neutral and their assignment is eventually cancelled. (See CBC news report video of November 15, 1956) 2nd Battalion also sends a draft of one officer and 242 other ranks to join the 1st Battalion. [2] p280

November 17 – Major General E. C. Plow, CBE, DSO, CD, General Officer Commanding Easter Command inspected the 1st Battalion in Halifax. This was followed by a parade through town [2] p276

December 10 – The order is received that the operation is definitely off [2] p277

December 13 – 1st Battalion began journey back to Calgary via train [2] p277

1957

May 24 – 1st Battalion fires Feu de Joie for Victoria Day at Currie Barracks in Calgary, Alberta [2] p287

1st Battalion fires feu de joie on Victoria Day 1957 at Currie Barracks, Calgary, Alberta [Photo courtesy of Glenbow Museum NA-5600-6818a]
1st Battalion fires feu de joie on Victoria Day 1957 at Currie Barracks, Calgary, Alberta [Photo courtesy of Glenbow Museum NA-5600-6818a]
June 1 – Major D. M. Creighton, CD replaces Major Doerkson as Commanding Officer of the regular force Regimental Depot and continues as such for the next 11 1/2 years until the depot stands down in December 1968 [2] p345

June 22 to July 31 – 2nd Battalion training at CFB Wainwright Concentration:

October 3 – Lieutenant Colonel C. H. Lithgow, CD replaces Lieutenant Colonel McPherson as Commanding Officer of 1st Battalion (Regular Force) [2] p344

October 15 – 2nd Battalion leaves Victoria, BC to Quebec City [2] p280

October 19 – 2nd Battalion leaves Quebec City on the RMS Ivernia for Germany debarking in Rotterdam [2] p280

October 28 – 2nd Battalion is settled at Fort McLeod, Deilinghofen, Westphalia, Germany [2] p280

2nd Battalion draft going to Germany:

1st Battalion sends a platoon to Camp Desert Rock, Nevada for atomic indoctrination [2] p277

1958

Warrant Officer I J. P. Moore, CD replaces Warrant Officer I Tubbs as Regimental Sergeant Major of the 3rd Battalion (Reserves) [Sgts’ Mess photos]

Gord J. Gallaghan, CD replaces Jim Kaiser as Bugle Major of 3rd Battalion (Reserves)

Funeral of Rfn Deuce Horn, Mascot 2nd Battalion Queen's Own Rifles of Canada, February 1958
Funeral of Rfn Deuce Horn, Mascot 2nd Battalion Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada, February 1958

February 3 –Deuce Horn, the Great Dane regimental mascot, succumbed to cancer and was buried at with due ceremony [2] p281

February -Ten mortarmen from 1st Battalion went to Glacier, British Columbia at the request of the Canadian Pacific Railroad to experiment with avalanche control [2] p277

February – C Company, 1st Battalion went to Wainwright to act as defensive troops in Exercise Bulldog IV [2] p278

May 24 – Army Day in Calgary – many visitors inspected the displays at Currie Barracks and Major General Vokes too the salute at a march past of 1st Battalion [2] p278

June – 1st Battalion is at Sarcee participating in Exercise Sabre. 100 militiamen also joined the battalion for a week’s intensive training [2] p278

July 31 – HRH Princess Margaret visited Toronto and 3rd Battalion proved a special guard in the foyer of the Royal York Hotel [2] p287

November 9 – Newly carved World War II Battle Honours on the Cross of Sacrifice were unveiled with the Bishop of Toronto, Honorary Major the Right Reverend F. H. Wilkinson, MM, ED, former chaplain of the regiment officiating assisted by the current chaplain, Captain R. J. Newsham. The unveiling was performed by Major General H. A. Sparling, CBE, DSO, CD, General Officer Commanding Central Command. Present on parade were the 3rd Battalion, The QOR Association, the Upper Canada Collage Cadet Battalion and the QOR Branch – Canadian Legion [2] p287

The QOR Chapter of the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire (IODE) celebrated their 50th anniversary: A History of the First Fifty Years

1959

February – D Company, 1st Battalion was at Sundance Canyon, three miles west of Banff, for winter warfare training [2] p278

March – C Company, 1st Battalion, in individual sections, marched about 54 miles through the rocky Mountains for “initiative training” [2] p278

May 10 – Canadian Army Routine Order 16-1: Issue No. 648 announces the new alliance of the QOR with the 60th, The King’s Royal Rifle Corps effective June 11, 1956 [2] p287

May 24 – 3rd Battalion wins the first “Toronto and District Garrison Sergeants’ Association” trophy and $25 prize for the best marching unit in the Garrison Parade [2] p287

June 29-30 – Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip visited Toronto and the 3rd Battalion assisted by street-lining in High Park, Kew Beach and at the O’Keefe Centre [2] p287

August 10 – Lieutenant Colonel R. J. Wilkinson, MC, CD replaces Lieutenant Colonel MacKay as Commanding Officer of 2nd Battalion (Regular Force) [2] p344

1960

January 9 – Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra of Kent becomes the second Colonel-in-Chief

February 19 – Exercise “Snow Chinthe” begins – 1st Battalion provided enemy force under command of Major F. Moad, against 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry in an airborne arctic exercise [PH 1960] p21

February 19 – 1st Battalion provided a 100-man Guard of Honour under the command of Major K.N. Webber for the official opening of the Alberta Provincial Legislature [PH 1960] p21

February 24 – Calgary Stampeders Hockey Club hold a Queen’s Own Rifles night at the Stampede Corral to honour the Regiment [PH 1960] p26

March 1 – 1st Battalion provides 50-man Guard of Honour and Bugle Band in -15F weather for the visit of Associate Minister of Defence, The Honorable Pierre Sevigny [PH 1960] p27

March 10 – Colonel Jim G. K Strathy, OBE, ED becomes the second of only two Colonels of the Regiment

April 11 – Calgary Chamber of Commerce holds official luncheon to honour the regiment’s 100th anniversary with guest speaker The Honorable Major General George Pearkes, VC, DSO, VC, MP in his capacity as Minister of National Defence [PH 1960] p27

April 30 – For the 100th Anniversary a spectacular dinner in held in Toronto, attended by 1,300 veterans, cadets and riflemen from the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Battalions, the Depot, and affiliated cadet corps [PH 1960] p4

May 31 – The Regimental Depot along with other static units stationed at Currie Barracks, were inspected by the Commander, Alberta Area, Brigadier J.S. Ross, DSO, CD [PH 1960] p12

June 1 – The Regimental Depot held a Tabloid Sports Meet which included sprinting, jumping events, throwing events and endurance tests. [PH 1960] p17

June 8 – Lieutenant Colonel M. G. McIver, CD replaces Lieutenant Colonel Bickford as Commanding Officer of 3rd Battalion (Reserves) [2] p344

June 10 – Recruit platoons 81, 82 & 83 graduate – Major General G. Walsh, CBE, DSO, CD was the inspecting officer [PH 1960] p12

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Recruit platoons 81, 82 & 83 doubling past Major General G. Walsh, CBE, DSO, CD at their graduation parade, June 10, 1960 at Currie Barracks, Calgary, Alberta.

June 11 – City of Calgary grants Freedom of the City to the Regiment [PH 1960] p12

July – The new Colonel-in-Chief H.R.H. Princess Alexandra, paid her first official visit to the Regiment at Fort MacLeod in Germany and played a leading part in the 2nd Battalion’s centennial celebrations [PH 1960] p4

July 26 – The Regimental Depot captures the Softball Trophy on the Garrison Sports Day [PH 1960] p17

August – A company from 2nd Battalion undertook a tour of the European battlefields which included D-Day landing beaches and continued east up the French coast into Belgium and Holland [TPH 1960] p5

August 19 – Brigadier F.D. Adams, DSO, ED inspects the graduation parade for recruit platoon 85 which includes his son. Best recruit was Rifleman J.J.A Cote [PH 1960] p13

September 14 – The 55 year alliance with The Buffs was commemorated by the Regiment with the presentation of a time honoured side drum emblazoned with the Battle Honours, at a fitting ceremony in the Warriors’ Chapel in Canterbury Cathedral [PH 1960] p4

October 2 – Advance Party of 150 all ranks and families departs from Calgary (to Quebec City) by train and the on the SS Homeric to Fort McLeod, Germany [PH 1960] p53

October 14 – At the age of 19 years, Rifleman Bruno Ernst Werner Eggman of the 1st Battalion died with two other soldiers in an vehicle accident (army trucked rolled over) at Camp Wainright, Alberta where he was attending an NCO course. Rifleman Eggman enlisted in Toronto in August 25th, 1960, joining the First Battalion of The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada shortly afterwards. Riflemen H. Henning and W. Gruber were also injured in this accident.

1961

Warrant Officer I T. F. Burroughs, CD replaces Warrant Officer I Moore as Regimental Sergeant Major [Sgts’ Mess photos]

Bugle Major R. L. “Bob” Price replaces Bugle Major Gallaghan as 3rd Battalion Bugles

June – Lieutenant Colonel D. N. Osborne. CD replaces Lieutenant Colonel Wilkinson as Commanding Officer of 2nd Battalion (Regular Force) [Officers’ Mess photos]

July – The QOR of C contingent at the Nijmegen Bridge March, Circa, 1961. It was lead by Sgt. DeBryne [B.H. Jarrold photo below]

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The QOR of C contingent at the Nijmegen Bridge March, Circa, 1961. It was lead by Sgt. DeBryne

August – Lieutenant Colonel H.C.F. Elliot, CD replaces Lieutenant Colonel Lithgow as Commanding Officer of 1st Battalion (Regular Force) [Officers’ Mess photos]

1962

December 10 – 50 man guard of the 1st Battalion commanded by Captain Thomas Stout, greeted the Honorable John K. Starnes, Canadian Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany when he visited Fort McLeoad, Germany. He later lunched in the officers’ mess [PH 1963] p16

1963

January 16 – Colonel J.G.K. Strathy, OBD, CD, Colonel of the Regiment, visited the Home Station and participated in a meeting of the Regimental Central Fund Committee [PH 1963] p8

January 19 – 16 man guard of honour from the 1st Battalion, commanded by Captain Phil Roy, was inspected by the new Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, General Lyman D. Lemnitzer during his first visit to the Joint Headquarters of the Norther Army Group [PH 1963] pp16-17

1963 Guard of Honour for Supreme Allied Commander visit
1963 Guard of Honour for Supreme Allied Commander visit. 16 man 1st Battalion QOR guard led by Captain Phil Roy.

February 22 – Recruit platoon 111 graduates from Regimental Depot [PH 1963] p8

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Recruit Platoon 111 graduated 22 February 1963. Platoon Commander: Lt D.A. Coddington; Platoon Sergeant: Sgt W.G. Reid; Best Recruit: Rfn W.A. Welsh

February 23 – Regimental Executive Committee meeting held in Toronto [PH 1963] p9

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1st Battalion Machine Gun Platoon in Germany 1963 (from Bob Budgell collection)

April – Lieutenant Colonel E. D. Price, CD replaces Lieutenant Colonel Osborne as Commanding Officer of 2nd Battalion (Regular Force) [Officers’ Mess photos]

April 24 – The Colonel-in-Chief HRH Princess Alexandra of Kent, married Mr. Angus Ogilvey. 2nd Battalion Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel and Mrs. D.N. Osborne attended the wedding and represented both the 2nd Battalion and Depot. [PH 1963] p8

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Officers of the 2nd Battalion – December 1963

May 15 – Lieutenant Colonel M. I. Jackson, CD replaces Lieutenant Colonel McIver as Commanding Officer of 3rd Battalion (Reserves) [Officers’ Mess photos]

June 1 – Commanding Officer of the 2nd Battalion Lieutenant Colonel E.D. Price, CD, and Major McCulloch and Captain Schmitz of the Regimental Depot departed Calgary to join other members of the regiment at Bernieres-Sur-Mer [PH 1963] p9

July 12 – Lieutenant Colonel T. Firth of the British Defence Liaison Staff at Army Headquarters in Ottawa, visited the Depot [PH 1963] p9

July 31 to August 7 – Home Station in Calgary hosted 6 members of our allied regiment The Queen’s Own Buffs: Lieutenant Colonel H.B.H. Waring, OBE, Commanding Officer; Captain C.M.C. Dewar, Adjutant; Captain J. Davison; WO1 G. Parker, MBE, Regimental Sergeant Major; WO2 P. Johns, Company Sergeant Major; and Sergeant R. Pecton [PH 1963] p9

September 6 – Recruit Platoon 112 graduates from Regimental Depot [PH 1963] p8+

October 4 – Recruit Platoon 113 graduates from Regimental Depot [PH 1963] p8+

October 9 – Area Commander’s inspection held for the Regimental Depot [PH 1963] p9

November 22 – Recruit Platoon 114 graduates from Regimental Depot [PH 1963] p8+

December 14/15 – Regimental Executive Committee meeting held in Toronto [PH 1963] p8

December 18/19/20 – Annual Regimental Depot Turkey Shoot [PH 1963] p9

December 23 – Depot Christmas Dinner held [PH 1963] p9

In this year, the University Avenue Armouries was demolished. It had been the home of the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada militia since 1891.

1964

Warrant Officer I H. A. Dory, CD replaces Warrant Officer I Burroughs as Regimental Sergeant Major [Sgts’ Mess photos]

March 20 – Lance Corporal Organ was awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Brave Conduct by the Chief of the General Staff, Lieutenant General G. Walsh, CBE, DSO, CD at a special ceremony held at Work Point Barracks.

September – Lieutenant Colonel S. F. Andrunyk, OMM, CStJ, CD replaces Lieutenant Colonel Price as Commanding Officer of 2nd Battalion (Regular Force) [Officers’ Mess photos]

1965

January 22 – Lieutenant Colonel C. de L. Kirby, CD replaces Lieutenant Colonel Elliot as Commanding Officer of 1st Battalion (Regular Force) [Officers’ Mess photos]

March – Colonel of the Regiment, Col J.G.K. Strathy, dines with the officers of the Queen’s Royal Rifles at their Mess in London

March 27 – 3rd Battalion Sergeants’ Mess Annual Mess Dinner [PH 1965 p7]

April 6 – 1st Battalion takes over from 1st Battalion Canadian Guards as part of UNFICYP in Cyprus [1965 PH p31]

April 23 – Regimental Birthday Ball held in Toronto [PH 1965 p7]

April 24 – QOR Association Dinner held in Toronto [PH 1965 p7]

April 25 – Church Parade and Divine Service held by 3rd Battalion, QOR Association and the QOR Branch of the Canadian Legion at St Paul’s Anglican Church, Toronto [PH 1965 p7]

August 13 – Graduation parade of Student Militia Course (QOR of C) held at Casa Loma, Toronto followed by a party at the castle attended by family and friends of the graduating class [PH 1965 pp7-8]

August 14 – Rifleman Perry James (PJ) Hoare is killed when his jeep overturns while serving with the 1st Battalion duties with UNFICYP in Cyprus [1965 PH p153]

Hoare, Perry funeral procession
Funeral procession for Rifleman Perry Hoare in Cyprus.

September 26 – Captain Harry P. Williams-Freeman, CD posted for duty with United Nations India Pakistan Observer Mission (UNIPOM) [1965 Powder Horn p12]

October 8 – 1st Battalion hands over Cyprus duties to 2nd Battalion, The Canadian Guards [1965 Powder Horn p31]

October 15 – Colonel of the Regiment, Colonel J.G.K. Strathy and Mrs Strathy visited 2nd Battalion and Regimental Depot in Calgary [PH 1965 p8]

October 16 – Colonel of the Regiment, Colonel J.G.K. Strathy and Mrs Strathy visited Work Point Barracks, Esquimalt, BC to welcome home the 1st Battalion from Cyprus [PH 1965 p8]

October 29 – 3rd Battalion Sergeant’s Mess Ball held at Casa Loma [PH 1965 p8]

November 3 – Colonel of the Regiment, Colonel J.G.K. Strathy inspected the 3rd Battalion in the old St Lawrence Market [PH 1965 p8] [St Lawrence Market was being used since the University Armouries were demolished in 1963 and the new Moss Park Armoury was not expected to be occupied until mid-1966]

November 3 – Lieutenant Colonel C. L. Jones, CD replaces Lieutenant Colonel Jackson as Commanding Officer of 3rd Battalion (Reserves) [Officers’ Mess photos] According to Powder Horn 1965 p8 the change of command parade was held on December 15.

November 7 – 3rd Battalion Church Parade to St Paul’s Anglican Church was held joined by the Upper Canada College Cadet Battalion [PH 1965 p8]

December 11/12 – Fifth Annual Meeting of the Regimental Executive Committee was held at Toronto [PH 1965 p8]

1966

Chief Warrant Officer J. Green replaces Warrant Officer I Dory as Regimental Sergeant Major [Sgts’ Mess photos]

March – Lieutenant Colonel N. A. Robinson, CD replaces Lieutenant Colonel Andrunyk as last Commanding Officer of 2nd Battalion (Regular Force) [Officers’ Mess photos]

1967

Bugle Major John Doeg replaces Bulge Major Price as 3rd Battalion Bugles

January – Lieutenant Colonel H. C. Pitts, MC, CD replaces Lieutenant Colonel Kirby as Commanding Officer of 1st Battalion (Regular Force) [Officers’ Mess photos]

October 11 – Lieutenant Colonel F. P. J. Mulrooney, CD replaces Lieutenant Colonel Jones as Commanding Officer of 3rd Battalion (Reserves) [Officers’ Mess photos]

1968

Captain Jack Long replaces Captain William T. Atkins as Bandmaster (Reserve Band) after 21 years of service

August 31 – 2nd Battalion QOR of C is deactivated [3]

1969

Chief Warrant Officer J. S. Byatt, CD replaces Chief Warrant Officer Green as Regimental Sergeant Major [Sgts’ Mess photos]

3rd Battalion marches from Moss Park Armoury to Nathan Phillips Square and is granted the Freedom of the City of Toronto.

January-February – 1st Battalion takes part in Waincon 69 winter training exercise [PH 1969-70 p20]

March 16 – 1st Battalion holds service at St Barbara’s Chapel, to re-dedicate Book of Remembrance 1866-1918 and install Regimental and 1st Battalion flags to commemorate the relocation of the Regimental home Station to Work Point Barracks, Victoria  [PH 1969-70 p48]

Re-dedication of the Book of Remembrance on 16 March 1969. L-R: Padre Alex Wakeling; Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel H.C. Pitts, MC; and A/RSM, Master Warrant Officer W.H. Carlton at St Barbara's Chapel, Work Point Barracks, Victoria, BC
Re-dedication of the Book of Remembrance on 16 March 1969. L-R: Padre Alex Wakeling; Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel H.C. Pitts, MC; and A/RSM, Master Warrant Officer W.H. Carlton at St Barbara’s Chapel, Work Point Barracks, Victoria, BC

March 23 – May 9 – 1st Battalion Mortar Platoon under Captain Jim O’Brien, selected to provide a demonstration group for the Mortar-Anti-Tank Platoon Commanders’ Course at Combat Arms School in Camp Borden, Ontario [PH 1969-70 916]

March 28 – Lieutenant Colonel T. M. Marsaw, CD replaces Lieutenant Colonel Pitts as the last Commanding Officer of 1st Battalion (Regular Force) [Officers’ Mess photos][PH 1969-70 p63]

April 27 – At an impressive ceremony at City Hall, Mayor William Dennison presented the Freedom of the City of Toronto to the 3rd Battalion [PH 1969-70 p92]

3rd Bat Bugle Band at Sunset Ceremony City hall
3rd Bat Bugle Band at Sunset Ceremony City hall – Gerry Senetchko photos
Guard at Sunset Ceremony
Guard at Sunset Ceremony – Gerry Senetchko photos
Raising or lowering flag at sunset ceremony
Raising or lowering flag at sunset ceremony – Gerry Senetchko photos
Skirmishers at Toronto City Hall preparing for volley
Skirmishers at Toronto City Hall preparing for volley – Gerry Senetchko Photos
Skirmishers at Toronto City Hall firing volley
Skirmishers at Toronto City Hall firing volley – Gerry Senetchko photos

May 20 – 3rd Battalion, veterans, and detachments from Upper Canada College Cadets hold a ceremonial parade to recognize Colonel J.G.K. Strathy’s 10 years as Colonel of the Regiment. [PH 1969-70 p8]

June – Colonel J.G.K. Strathy represented the Regiment at the Royal Green Jackets’ Annual Dinner in London, England and had visits with the Colonel-in-Chief Princess Alexandra and with Lieutenant General Sir Richard Craddock, Colonel of our other allied Regiment, the Queen’s Regiment. [PH 1969-70 p7]

July 1 – 1st Battalion fires a Feu de Joie at Beacon Hill Park, Victoria. [PH 1969-70 p66]

August – Corporals Clark, Currah, Dunk, Gilbert, MacNeil and Szepes and Riflemen Green and Irvine are attached to 2nd Royal Canadian Regiment, Fort York, Soest, Germany to participate in the fall NATO exercises with 4 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (CMBG).

September 24 – 1st Battalion Rifleman Harold Wayne George, aged 19, drowned in the Sooke River while on a training exercise, when the assault boat he was in overturned. Four others are injured. [PH 1969-70 p119]

October 9 – Lieutenant Colonel J. G. B. Strathy, CD replaces Lieutenant Colonel Mulrooney as Commanding Officer of the 3rd Battalion (Reserves) [Officers’ Mess photos]

November – Corporals Clark, Currah, Dunk, Gilbert, MacNeil & Szepes and Riflemen Green and Irvine return from participating in fall NATO exercise with 2RCR which was part of 4 CMBG.

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Part of the Upper Canada College Cadet Battalion on Remembrance Day Parade facing St Paul’s Anglican Church on Bloor Street (with a very dirty looking Manufacturers Life Building in the background!) Cadet Officer (with sword) is c/Lieutenant George McNellie (later QOR 74-76.) Photo by W.R. McNellie.

1970

February 26 – 1st Battalion departs for NATO Exercise Arctic Express in Norway  [PH 1969-70 p36]

March 10- 1st Battalion returns from Norway [PH 1969-70 p38]

April 23 – Final mess dinners were held in the 1st Battalion’s Officers’ and Sergeants’ messes [PH 1969-70 p79]

April 26 – 1st Battalion QOR of C (Regular Force) is deactivated [3] and renamed 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. The Colonel of the Regiment, Colonel J.G.K. Strathy, OBD, ED, CD inspected the final parade which included a Feu de Joie [PH 1969-70 p81]

April 26 – Now that there is only one QOR battalion, Lieutenant Colonel J. G. B. Strathy, CD continues as Commanding Officer of Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada [Officers’ Mess photos]

7 June – Regimental Museum opens in its new location at Casa Loma in Toronto. [PH 1969-70 p98]

1971

Captain John O’Brien replaces Captain Jack Long as Bandmaster

Chief Warrant Officer S. E. Morris, CD replaces Chief Warrant Officer Byatt as Regimental Sergeant Major [Sgts’ Mess photos]

Bugle Major Syd Byatt replaces Bugle Major Doeg

June 30 – To augment 4 CMBG CFE (Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group, Canadian Forces Europe) during participation in NATO exercises (1) REFORGER “3” (Return of Forces Germany) FTX “CERTAIN FORGE”; and (2) Gutes Omen 1971, Corporal Ralph Schoenig was posted to 4 CMBG HQ & Sigs Sqn. at CFB Lahr; and Corporals Brian Budden and Ross Williams were posted to 3 Mechanized CDO, at CFB Baden–Soellingen (all of the 3rd Battalion, QOR.)  [Schonig email 14 Aug 2015]

October 31 – After four months, Schoenig, Budden and Williams return from temporary duties in Europe [see June 30 above].

1972

February 17 – Lieutenant Colonel D. A. Pryer, CD replaces Lieutenant Colonel Strathy as Commanding Officer [Officers’ Mess photos]

1973

MWO Harry McCabe (later RSM and Capt) awarded the Order of Military Merit for courage and bravery in a life-threatening situation at the hand grenade range at CFB Borden.

The Battalion participated in Exercise Drumbeat at Fort Drum, New York, receiving training on US Reserve Army weapons.

1974

Chief Warrant Officer M. L. Holland, CD replaces Chief Warrant Officer Morris as Regimental Commanding Officer [Sgts’ Mess photos]

All members of the regiment were at CFB Borden to qualify on the newly issued 7.62mm rifles as well as 9mm SMG and automatic pistols.

Regimental Pioneers and Skirmishers appeared as 1885 Queen’s Own members in a CBC-TV presentation of “The National Dream”.

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3 thoughts on “Timeline: 1950-1974”

  1. I was a 2254 QORofC cadet at Calgary 1967-68, I think the RSM of 2Bn was WO2 Naylor. His son, Brent Naylor, was a school chum from Viscount Bennett High School, served as the RSM of the cadet corps at the same time. Former NHL Linesman Randy Mitton also served as the cadet corps RSM, then as a cadet officer during this time.

    1. Of course I meant WO1 Naylor… I can see from other information at the site that he was the RSM of 2Bn 1966-67 and of HQ Company after that.

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