XII Manitoba Dragoons
Ubique Honor et Equis - Everywhere Honour and Equality
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Museum de 5000 Morgen
Keep Them Rolling
60 Years Ago
Regarding the 60 Anniversary of the Liberation of Holland in May 2005, I will be travelling to Vriesenveen for the festivities and hope to meet those of the Regiment who will be doing the same. It would be nice if those of you who are going over at that time would get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Perhaps we can meet up and go over old times.
My husband was in the signal corps so those are he fellows he knew. Just went through the regimental book and noticed how many of them are now not with us anymore.
Keep up the good work.
I do miss my regular communication with the Keeles!
All the best,
(1 Prince St. Suite 603, Dartmouth, NS B2Y 4L3)
First of all I sure miss Herb Nicolson, who used to keep me up to date on everything pertaining to the Manitoba Dragoons. I joined the regiment in September 1941, and was shipped to Shilo right under the guidance of Sgt Cumbers (sp?) 'awkward squad' as he called us. Jack Halliday, Ernie Tester (sp?), Herman Geres, John Flemming and others. I stayed in B squadron through Camp – then off to England and various places. After arriving in France July 19 I became Major Bill Frend’s gunner - then was promoted to L/Cpl. In 7th Troop where I remained the rest of the war.
(Editor note: sorry sometimes it’s hard to make out names, please excuse any errors)
I had never seen the pictures of the Staghound that was blown up near Esterwegan but I did witness the actual event. You might like to know that it was 19th Troop that was involved and I was their troop leader at that time. At the time I had been over that piece of road several times with my armourd car and full crew and was being replaced for the noon hour by Sgt. Balfour's crew. What a horrible mess.
My continued thanks to you all for a most appreciated Staghound. The last post seems to get bigger and bigger but that’s a sign that we are all getting older, no doubt
I have Percy’s army pictures, pay book and other books about the army of his that will go to his only son along with all the Staghound newsletters I have kept etc. plus a picture of the old rifles I donated from Percy in the Brandon Museum.
Thank you again,
(Editor note: we are working on obtaining a clear & updated picture of the plaque)
Went overseas in 1941 was with 48th LAD 4th Division served in England and N.W. Europe Campaign. In 1943 I met Ernest while he was stationed at Hunstanton, Norfolk. I was in the Women’s Land Army driving WWII. We were married January 8, 1944. We celebrated our 6oth Anniversary this year. He was repatriated to Canada in January 1946. Me and our son Keith of 18 months sailed on the ship Aquaintia arriving in Winnipeg May 24, 1946. My husband purchased his grandfathers homestead farm through ULA – 6 miles north of Minnedosa
We spent 20 happy years with our family there, a son and three daughters. After being demobilized in 1946 he rejoined the 12th Manitoba Dragoons. 1949 he took commissioned officers course and qualified as a lieutenant in 1951. Farming was great but money was scarce, however the military offered him a call out in 1954 at Minto Armories as a Storeman, until 1961.
During the summer June to August he spent at Clear Lake and Dundern, Sask training cadets. He was able to take his family to Dundern, which we enjoyed living in four tents and an open kitchenette for cooking. I enjoyed farm life and looked forward to the summer camp. While at Minto Armouries, Ernie received his Rank of Captain an automatic promotion. 1961 he returned to Minnedosa working at Minnedosa Armouries with the militia until their disbandment. I myself served in the militia March 1961 to March 1967.
I am looking for a copy of the XII Manitoba Dragoons. A Tribute 1885-1991. Please let me know if someone has one available.
A couple of years ago we got them and thought it could be nice that they were showed one time at the legion, and after that you can put them on the X11 Manitoba Dragoon Museum in Brandon. Use them as much as you like. In 1997 we had the pleasure to visit the Museum in Brandon.
The place near Ommen where the tapes were taken is in the area where Bob Major and Jack Rollo fought (with many others) for our liberation 60 years ago. We are still grateful for that.
So we’ll thank your people again.
Herman and Gerda Stegman
Ken Farmer, a 1936 Olympic silver medallist in hockey and a former president of the Canadian Olympic Association, died January 12th. He had been, at age 92, the oldest surviving member of McGill University hockey teams.
Farmer was president of the COA, now known as the Canadian Olympic Committee, from 1953 to 1961. He was made a member of the Order of Canada in 1980 and was inducted into the McGill Sports Hall of Fame in 1999.
Farmer was raised in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Que., where he spent his summers playing tennis and winters playing hockey on Lac St. Louis. He enrolled at McGill in 1930, won the Canadian intercollegiate tennis doubles title in 1932, and was a left-winger on its championship hockey teams for four years while earning a commerce degree.
At the 1936 Olympics, he was the second-leading scorer with 10 goals and four assists in eight games. He had a five-goal game against Hungary. England, using mainly Canadian-born players, won the gold in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.
In the Second World War, Farmer served with the Royal Montreal Regiment and the 12th Manitoba Dragoons Manitoba Dragoons until May of 1945.
Bill Bishop received two letters at the end of last year regarding his campaign to have the Canadian Red Ensign fly at Vimy Ridge and all other Canadian Military monuments.
The following are excerpts from these letters – however Mr. Bishop continues to encourage people to keep sending letters and be heard.
From Veterans Affairs Canada:
Thank you for your letter regarding displaying the Canadian Red Ensign Flag at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial park in France. I am writing on behalf of Jack Stagg, Deputy Minister of Veterans Affairs Canada.
It is understandable that Veterans who fought under the Canadian Red Ensign have a deep and lasting attachment to that flag. To that end, I would like to confirm that Veterans Affairs Canada is arranging to have the Red Ensign flag displayed at the Visitor’s Centre at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France. This arrangement will be in place in the near future.
The big push now is for information on Hoogenveen which was liberated by D Sqn on 11 April 45 and they are anxious to have some Dragoons attend and we have just received word that they will give 400 Euros to each of the first 5 veterans to notify them. So far we have not been able to find anyone going. (see Offer From City of Hoogeveen)
We have a new project we are working on at the Museum. We are trying to put together a full Nominal Roll of all the Dragoons that served with the Regiment. We have all the names entered that were published in the Regimental History that was published in Holland, but these are only those still in the Regiment when the war was finished. We still have the Part 2 orders to go through but they only give the Number Rank and name. The information we are looking for on all members is the Number, Rank, Name and Initials, Awards and the Address of Next of Kin at that time. We are making good progress but would appreciate any assistance and information we can get
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