48th OCA Newsletter-August 2007

Newsletter 48th Highlanders of Canada Old Comrades Association Newsletter, August 2007 Reminder of Warriors Day Parade, Golf Tournament and Dinner, Dinner Cruise Photographs of PM Sandy Dewar’s Retirement, Gord Outhwaite and Bill De Harte Laying Wreath at D Day Dodgers, W. Moore, H. Wignall and J. Dunne at June Life Members Meeting. Page 2 Pachino […]

Infantry Drill Manual 1893

A 3.75 inch by 5 inch red bound book filled with drill maneuver execution along with basic ceremonial practices and protocols. 1893 edition.

Lieutenant Colonel D. A. (Don) Mackenzie, DSO (Distinguished Service Cross – USA)

Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion 48th Highlanders of Canada, 1944 – 1945. Killed in action at Wilp, The Netherlands, 12 April, 1945 Donald  Mackenzie joined the the 48th Highlanders in 1937.  At the outbreak of the Second World War he proceeded overseas as Battalion Transport Officer (TO) with the 1st Battalion in December 1939. He was […]

Colonel Charles Edward BENT, CMG, DSO*, VD (MID*****)

LCol Bent transferred from the 17th Bn (Nova Scotia) in 1915 and became Commanding Officer of the 15th Battalion (48th Highlanders) in May 1916 following the death of LCol W. R. Marshall, DSO. He served as CO through the battles of The Somme, Vimy Ridge, Hill 70, Passchendaele and Amiens, where he was wounded severely. […]

Brigadier JP (Big John) Girvan CBE, DSO*, MC, VD (Crois de Guerre of France)

Commanding Officer 15th Battalion 1918 (The Last 100 Days) Commanding Officer 48th Highlanders of Canada 1932-1936 Commanding Officer 2nd Battalion 48th Highlanders of Canada 1940 Director of Military Training 1940-45 National Defence Headquarters John ‘Jack’ Pollands Girvan was born born on 28 November 1887, at Kingarth, Argyll and Bute, Scotland. In 1907, he became a […]

Lieutenant Colonel John Irvine Davidson, VD

First Commanding Officer 48th Battalion “Highlanders” The appointment of Lieutenant Colonel John Irvine Davidson as the first Commanding Officer of the 48th Highlanders was confirmed on 25 March 1892. He had been gazetted (provisionally) on 20 November 1891 just weeks after the authorization of the regiment by the Government of Canada in October 1891. Lt.-Col. Davidson served as […]

World War One Hospital Gas Mask

Early World War 1 gas mask designed for use for hospital patients situated near the front lines where gas attacks were imminent. They were made up of the constituents of the “Model 17 Ledermasken” that is, the lenses with reinforcing “spiders” and the later war 17 “third model” filter canister. The hood-like design allowed for […]

Afghanistan – Full Fighting Order – BGen G Young OMM, MSM, CD – 2006

a. Arrid Helmet cover with US UCP (Universal Camouflage Pattern) Velcro rank identifier patch – Brigadier General , b. helmet, c. arrid canteen cover, d. name patch, e. Arrid shirt, f. Arrid vest with all pouches. g. arrid pants, h. tan combat boots, i. Arrid slip on rank, Brigadier General, j. sunglasses, k, Afghan pattern scarf, […]

Original draft of Instrument of Surrender of All German Armed Forces – 4 May 1945

Original carbon copy draft of the “Instrument of Surrender of All German Armed Forces in HOLLAND, in Northeast Germany including all islands and in DENMARK. ” 4 May 1945. Foolscap page, typescript carbon copy with handwritten addition and corrections in ink. Titled as above, then followed by seven (7) typescript sections, the first with the […]