I am interested in Fred Topham's biography and am especially interested in getting more details concerning his time in Kirkland Lake when he was a hard-rock gold miner in the Wright Hargreaves Mine here in Kirkland Lake. Also, if it wasn't for many proud Canadians, the Government wouldn't have said or done a thing about it! We would also love to find lost friends do you have a suite to look up long lost friends?? My parents are both fine and just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last march.hopefully I will receive some feedback on this aspect of his life. Susan Pretty I am the eldest daughter of Don Bernicky. Having been a member of a Airborne unit (19th SFG) and being airborne and airassult qualified gives me a sense of connection to you guys.He is 83 this year, so for the 2010 he'll be close to 88. The very best to all and hope to see you in Calgary in 2010. While at the Cemetery, she called from her cell and I asked her to not overlook the boys in Section I (all friends of Dads), including Freddie Harris, his platoon Sergeant. I would have likes to have seen the ones that were over in Korea 1953-54 The 2nd QOR were there. I'm proud of all our soldiers..thanks..if many of the politicans forget... Always Proud Canadian Lad Orillia, ON Canada - Just wanted to say Happy Birthday to the Regiment (145 years young 26 April 2005)and all current and former Riflemen. Retired) Ralph Schoenig Ref: QOR 2005 Reunion Having served in Calgary, Germany, Victoria (Cyprus) with the QOR of C, I look forward to having a beer with old friends and telling a few stories. I note alot of fellow soldiers from my period of service have not yet signed up for the reunion..it on as alot of hard work has gone into the preparation of the 2005 Reunion.
'pace paratus' GIL CHENIER MOORE, James Patrick - (J. I would like to say Thank You for all the wonderful support and being there when needed that the QOR of C Regimental Family has shown over this difficult time on the passing of my Best Friend and loving wife Lori. Janice Hamilton-Dicker (de Vries) The Corporal Fred Topham, VC Fundraising Project has been successful in raising sufficient funds to purchase the Victoria Cross of this 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion soldier. Warren Walker I'm looking for photos from the 2nd Battalions QOR of C time at Gordon Head in Victoria circa 1953-1957.In Pace Paratus Brian Budden CWO (ret'd) Brian Budden, CD Great Site and having read your attendees list I am really going to try to make it to the reunion. Grant Phalen I would like to thank my Dad Jan de Vries, President of the 1st. Please see the Topham update page for the latest news as of 31 December 2004. John Fotheringham I'm sending this email from Bagdad, Iraq. I need these photos to complete a digital diary for our museum in Victoria.Although he is having some memory challenges, it seems he recollects all the "family" of QOR.It gave me great pride to see the many "younger gents" that he had instructed, I think mostly in Germany and Borden, greet him with, " Good to see you here, Sir, Mr. The 2005 Reunion has been featured on this site for over a year.I hope that anyone interested in contacting Dad will do so through me, as well, if any of the "kids" in my era wish to contact me, I would love it. All of us I'm sure will have left the reunion and returned home with lots of memories and renewed friendships and will be not only glad that we attended but proud that we were members of the Queens Own Rifles of Canada. To all my old friends that have been AWOL all these years it was great to see you all, even though our belts are bigger and hair loss is progressive. All former members of the regiment are encouraged to contact their nearest Association Branch to get their names onto our mailing lists.
I shall continue to take Dad to as many functions as I possibly can. I think that Calgary Branch has, by hosting this Reunion, strengthened the desire of many members to go back to their respective areas and encourage those that don't presently belong to the association, to become involved. I would also encourage you to read the comment of a former QOR just 5 messages below [D Conner} and the comments of the Webmaster and to challenge each one of us to get out and seek out former Riflemen to become part of this great Association. As I sit here on Monday morning attempting to fathom what happened to my body at the reunion, it had to be that last beer after the dinner. I can't wait until 2010 for our next one..past one will be hard to beat!! Willy Wilson In commemoration of the 61st anniversary of D-Day tomorrow, Dads step-granddaughter (lives in Paris) drove to Beny-sur-Mer Cemetery today to place flowers on QOR graves killed on D-Day. Wilkins, QOR D-Day Veteran - B Coy, First Wave) Wendy Wilkins-Cimicata Sorry I could not attend the reunion but Im sure everyone had a great time. If we don't know you are out there we cannot contact you. Ralph Pollon 1 Can Para..gave me his wings and armbands..him dearly...
So for all of them and all of us for Queen and Canada IN PACE PARATUS.
JWL 4 June 2005 John-Ward Leighton THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!
Bernie Jaworsky Feb 26 2005 is the 60th anniversary of the death of the QOR's Aubrey Cosens who that day won the Victoria Cross. I am hoping that it is ok that I attend this reunion on behalf of my parents. Robert Vaughn I was born after the second world war (1954) and have a keen interest in Canadian and Canadian military history.
Enter his name in Google and see how this hero's name and deeds are commemorated. I will let them know about this reunion and encourage them to attend with me. The thing I miss most about the army is all of my very "old" friends. I'm the third generation of my family to serve in the USMC. I have been privileged to have been able to visit many of the sites of Canadian operations during both WWI and WWII in France Belgium etc.
I'm always looking to see if anything is coming up for the QOR in my area. Lenora Butler-Barber I knew the Queens Own when they were stationed in Eastbourne, Sussex, Eng in 1942, we had a restaurant and I also knew a lot at the dance hall, they were a great bunch, all young and full of fun, I cannot think that they would write such rubbish as some of the e-mails printed here, they would have been too busy chasing the girls and jiving all night to waste their time. I have a couple friends with QOR and I think this is the best regiment in Canada. Don't forget to join the branch of the QOR Association closest to you.