Calgary, Alberta — In the midst of a freak spring snowstorm, three western Reserve units marked 100 years of service to Canada. The centennial parade was held in honour of The King’s Own Calgary Regiment (Royal Canadian Armoured Corps [RCAC]), The Calgary Highlanders and 41 Service Battalion (41 Svc Bn). Despite the weather, hundreds of spectators took in what may be the last military event on the parade square of the old Currie Barracks; the site will soon make way for a housing development.
100 years of history
“It’s a big thing,” said Captain Malcolm Day, officer commanding of A Squadron, RCAC. “I’ve been in the unit for 18 years now so … to think back to what was happening in 1910 and all the things that the unit has gone through in the last 100 years— including both world wars and Korea, and all the deployments since then—I think it, for me anyways, gives you a pretty strong sense of history, and a pretty proud moment to be here on the 100th [anniversary].”
The Calgary Highlanders is a Reserve infantry unit with a distinguished history of service and a great connection with Calgary and the surrounding area. The regiment and its members served Canada as the 10th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force in the First and Second World Wars, as well as in many other international and domestic operations up to the present day. Unit members now wear the oak leaves decoration on their shoulders to commemorate the battle of St. Julien. This battle honour is also emblazoned on The Calgary Highlanders’ regimental Colour.
The roots of 14/41 Service Battalion trace back to the formation of 14 Company, Canadian Army Service Corps, also on April 1, 1910. The various units of the battalion served with distinction in both world wars and Korea. Its history passed through many names and units until 1970, when the battalion received its current name.
Article by Sgt Dan Milburn, Army News, Edmonton
Photos by MCpl Holly Cowan, Army News, Edmonton