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11th field artillery regiment
August 19, 2009, 4:48 am
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photocopied pages, these ones, we literally thrown in my lap today. i don’t know what book they came from so i’m not too sure on the overall scope. But, because a friend of mine recently bought this album for me and i have nothing to do on shift but listen, it’s time to work on my typing skills.

as written:

this year [1966] the 11th field artillery regiment held a series of social and military functions to mark the one hundredth anniversary of the Militia Artillery in Guelph. the roots of the present regiment go back to 1837 when teh 30th Wellington Battalion of Rifles was formed. The memory of this Battalion is now perpetuated in the 43rd Field Battery. On 20 July 1866, the Guelph Battery of Garrison Artillery was created and was allocated as No. 1 Company of the 30th Battalion, Wellington Rifles.

Guelph is known as a “Gunner’s Town” because of the long history of association with the Canadian Artillery and its contribution of outstanding personell to this corps. This city has contributed individuals, sub-units or units to every campaign of the Canadian Army since the founding of this nation. Some of the outstanding Canadians who served in the Regiment include: General A. G. L. MacNaughton, Lt. Col. John McCrae, who wrote the immortal poem “In Flanders Fields”; and Lt. Col. George A. Drew. In time of war and peace, the Artillery has served this city and this country for 100 years-a record of which the 11th field artillery regiment is just proud.

the special functions to mark the regiment’s one hundredth anniversary began on 29th april, 1966, with a mess dinner for the officers and friends of the regiment at which the guest of honour was the honourable earl rowe, lieutenant govenor of the province of ontario. following the mess dinner, the lieutenant governor was introduced by lt. col. the honourable george a. drew. the lieutenant governor addressed the guests and congratulated the 11th field artillery regiment on its one hundredth anniversary. this was the first official visit of lieutenant governor rowe to the city of guelph.

the inspection and march past of the regiment took place on the square in front of guelph’s city hall and, in spite of threatening showers of rain, the parade was smart and well-received.

the parade was followed by an all-ranks regimental hundredth anniversary dinner in the guelph armoury at which the master gunner paid tribute to the militia for “carrying on what is needed so much in this world-stability, discipline and independent thought”. general mansergh read a message from the queen congratulating the royal artillery and commonwealth artillery units on the occasion of the 250th anniversary of the royal regiment of artillery.

the biggest military anniversary celebration ever seen in guelph was held on 1 october, 1966, to present a public display commemorating the one hundredth anniversary of the artillery in guelph. cloudy skies and a muddy field failed to dampen the main centennial celebrations of canada’s oldest artillery regiment. the ceremonies commenced with the firing of a 100 gun artillery salute at 1300 hours and this was the first time since 1952 that artillery had been fired in guelph.

their excellencies governor general, the right honourable general george p. vanier and madame vanier, were the guests of the regiment and the city of guelph for this special occasion. this was the first official visit of the governor and madame vanier to the city of guelph. the inspection, march past and pageant were held in exhibition park in guelph before thousands of spectators. the park had been especially decorated for this function.

following the inspection by the governor general, the regiment, with nearly 200 personnel on parade, marched past his excellency. both the governor general and col. drew paid tribute to the regiment for the leading role it has played in canadian military history. a message from the queen congratulating the regiment on its hundredth anniversary was read.

the pageant, which followed, showed the history of the artillery from roman times to present. a replica of a roman catapult was on display and this ancient weapon, “the gaul-blaster 1” was demonstrated by its roman-uniform-clad detachment from a high school latin class in indianapolis, u.s.a.

the development of artillery ws traced from the 14th century to the present and the next presentation was a precise, rapid deployment and firing of a six pounder by members of the fort henry guard dressed in artillery uniforms of the 1860s.

one of the highlights of the pageant was the participation of the group of Fenians whose ancestors invaded canada in 1866 in an attempt to force britain to give home rule to ireland. the visiting fenians carried a “colour” the same as was used in the 1866 invasion from buffalo. the short speech by mr. walsh embodied a plea for good neighborliness and peace throughout the world and especially between canada and the united states.

a colourful and smart detachment from the 4 regiment, royal canadian horse artillery carried out the original drill and fired a nine pounder field piece, which was used in the 1870s. the drill of this detachment was one of the hits of the pageant and the 9 pounder weapon surprised many spectators with its sharp crack when fired.

as a climax to the pageant, members of the regiment showed how rapidly a troop of 105mm howitzers can be deployed, aimed and fired. this display was carried out in co-operation with the air op troop from the 4th regiment.

at the conclusion of the pageant, the governor general departed and the regiment marched to st. george’s square in the heart of guelph where the ceremony marking the presentation of the freedom of the city was performed. an illuminated scroll of the proclamation of the freedom of the city was read and presented to the regiment by mayor ralph smith.

early in the evening a reception was held in guelph armoury, where the serving officers of the 11ths field artillery regiment were presented to their excellencies, the governor general and madame vanier.

to conclude the festivities, an all ranks hundredth anniversary ball was held in the armoury with an attendance of eight hundred members and friends of the regiment.

these ceremonies were publicized widely on radio, television, and in the press. the planning for this functon took more than a year. the performance was carried out with precision and without a hitch and was very well received by the citizens of guelph and district, who are proud of their regiment and its record.

the main effort of the regiment’s resources of men and material have concentrated on artillery training and the anniversary planning was arranged so that it interferred with training as little as possible…….

and that’s that. where’d it come from? how’d i get it? were you interested?


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