Family of Volunteers by George W. Beal

Family of Volunteers by Maj. George W. Beal

Family of Volunteers, An Illustrated History of the 48th Highlanders of Canada, covers the period from the founding of the Regiment in 1891 to the 110th Anniversary in 2001. Chapters, richly illustrated with pictures, show the major periods and activities of the regiment: Early Years 1891 – 1914; three war times – South Africa 1900, WWI and WWII; Service in Canada and under UN and NATO actions. It also shows the history of the Bands, the elements of the Regimental Family and the evolution of uniforms, formal and combat.

Major George (Geordie) Beal, CD served with the 48th Highlanders from 1965 to 1972 as platoon commander, adjutant and company commander. He joined the Regimental Senate in 1996, acting as Secretary/Treasurer then assumed the responsibility for the regimental Museum leading its move to the current location in St. Andrew’s Church. He became HLCol from 2001 to 2007 and then as Honorary Colonel 2007 – 2010. Colonel Beal’s father, Major George W. Beal, MM, served overseas with the 1st Battalion, 48th Highlanders, from 1940 to 1945, as Company Commander for much of the Italian campaign and then Holland where he was awarded the Military Cross. He returned as Second in Command.

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