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Hundreds gathered at the Vimy Officers Mess on Monday, October6, to
celebrate the life and to mourn the passing of H2499 Lieutenant-Colonel
W.H.T (Peter) Wilson, MBE. Many tributes to his life, accomplishments and
character were offered by those who rose to bid him farewell, among those
his son, Peter, who explained how his father came to be called "Peter."
Following the tributes, family, friends and guests stayed to toast Peter
farewell in the building he loved so well, where he was present at the
original sod-turning and became one of those who shared the first drink on
Royal Roads Reunion 2008
Five branch members joined
classmates, 36 in total, for the Royal Roads graduating class of 1958 reunion at
the College, September 11-14, 2008. On parade were: Bill Claggett, Cal Connor,
Wayne Wharton, Reg Watts and W4919, Betty Hunt. The marvellous events of the
weekend will undoubtedly be recorded on the Class of 60 website, but to
Thursday - A class meet-and-greet was attended
by all and spouses, a noisy, fun filled re-joining, during which LGen. Kent Foster
briefed us on the weekend events in detail and with great humour.
Friday - An amazing day aboard HMCS Ottawa,
during which were treated to a tour of all spaces, provided an excellent lunch,
and held on tight while the Captain demonstrated the ship's performance in
combat. We were fascinated by the Sea King demonstrations and the man-overboard
drill. I think we all came away with renewed respect for our sea and air arms
and the professionalism of our service men and women.
Click for Sea King Slideshow
Saturday - the formal dinner and dance on the
Quarterdeck reminded us all of the balls during our years at Roads.
Sunday was important with three events; the
dedication of the Ship's mast, relocated to a special area near the
vice-commandant's residence, dedication of the 2008 reunion stone memorial in
front of Hatley Castle, and the completion of a precedent-setting "term circle"
(See story below)
The Last Circle
No circle is quite like that on the grounds of
Royals Roads, which is neither round nor two-dimensional. The paved roadway from
Hatley Castle to Grant and Nixon blocks is 1/3 of a mile in length, sloping
steeply at each end and running the length of it in double-time was the standard
form of punishment for miscreant cadets in the early days of the military
college. Now, it is merely a curiosity with barricades to prevent through
traffic. But on Sunday, September 14, 2008, the circle became a place of serious
recollection to the 36 ex-cadets of the Royal Roads class of 1958 who returned
for a weekend reunion.
Kent Foster called for the “marker” at 11:00am, 4956 Pete Rosewarn complied, the
ex-cadets fell in, and the "term" was led by a local pipe band as they marched
in formation, their last “term circle.” Earlier, some had talked of
running it but reason prevailed. As we marched, circle stories were recalled,
like the time 4912 Larry Hamilton ran 52 consecutive circles in order to get
shore leave the following weekend, and 4934 Lu Kuzych, known for bell-ringing
during term circles, kept a log of every circle he was given, 373 in total, and
4916 Denis Hopkins, the only cadet to survive the year without ever incurring a
“circle.” Coincidentally, this was the 58th term circle for the RR
class of 58!
In our cadet
days, the running of circles was closely monitored by the duty senior cadet, but
not on this day; instead, standing firm and proud on the Castle steps,
Admiral John A. Charles, 90, our first year commandant, took the salute as the
“junior term of ‘56” marched by. We were all moved by this wonderful gesture
from a man who inspired us to develop teamwork, who remembered our names and
still has a lively memory of those years. His princely manner, and warm
“Morning, all” shaped every day of our recruit year, somehow giving meaning to
the daily grind.
As we marched,
the jocularity gave way to reflection and quiet. And so the circle
finished in less disarray than it began, but it was completed by all 35
ex-cadets, including 4887 Chip Comstock in his motorized wheelchair.
Now, Lu is able
to make the last entry in his circle log.
4976 Watts, RM
- RRClass of ‘58
Click here, or on the photo for The Last Circle Slideshow
Executive Committee Meeting 8 October
This meeting centered on arrangements for the upcoming Fall Formal - dining-in
night. (See "Events" for details and order form) Also discussed:
Policy on guests at dining-in nights.
As the main purpose of these events is to give Branch members and their
spouses an opportunity to mix and mingle, the Committee decided to limit the
number of guests to six per registered branch member attending, and the
guest fee willl be $5.00 above the member price.
A request to fund college ties for RMC
graduates was rejected.
A potential list of speakers for this season
Committee Meeting 17 April
The Branch Executive Committee met on
Wednesday 17 April to finalize preparations for the Spring Dinner and to update
Birchall Leadership Award to
Branch member Danny McLeod
Branch president, Ed Murray was pleased to remind us that
Danny McLeod has been awarded the Air Commodore Len Birchall Leadership Award to
be presented to him at the Toronto Branch Leadership Dinner on November 23rd.
General Rick Hillier was the guest speaker.
For the full story,
80th birthday swim!
To celebrate his 80th birthday, and show that he
is still tougher than the rest of us, Don Strong swam from Wolfe Island to
Kingston on 7 August. The route was from the Wolfe Island winter ferry dock
to the Vimy Officers' Mess "beach", a distance of over a mile in open water.
The attached photos verify that Don was certainly elated at the end of the
swim! Don is already planning the next swim in 5 years time.
Click on photo below:
Local News- RMC and Kingston
Christie Blatchford comments
her book Fifteen Days at RMC
Ont.— Christie Blatchford, columnist at the Globe & Mail and author of
Fifteen Days: Stories of Bravery, Friendship, Life and Death from Inside the New
Canadian Army read excerpts of her book at Currie Hall, Royal Military
Monday November 26,
2007 before a large audience
of staff, ex-cadets and guests.
Her presentation was insightful and
emotional at times as she described the positive attitude, demeanor and
accomplishments of our troops in theatre. After
the reading, the
author answered probing
questions from the audience,
and then signed
copies of her
The RMC Paladins met the Queens Golden Gaels in their
third exhibition game of the season on Saturday, 23 September at the Lou
Jeffries Memorial Arena in Gananoque. Despite a strong showing, the Paladins
lost, in a 4-1 fast-paced game. Let's get behind them folks, they've got big
hearts and I may have been the only branch member there. Here is a link to their
Old Brigade Dinner
The ex-cadets of the classes entering the Colleges in 1957
were admitted to the Old Brigade at the formal dinner on Saturday, 29
September. Highlights were a drastically reduced presentation time, the visit of
the RMC Commandant for the dinner, the recruit Old Brigade "skit"-singsong
in which all joined in, and the piping of the Old Brigade following dinner to
the Scottish dancing display in the SAM. Click on the photo below for a short
slideshow of the occasion.