Commonwealth Warriors

Commonwealth Warriors
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Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Come brave Newfoundlanders and join the Blue Puttees

In 1914, Newfoundland, then still a colony of the British Empire raised, equipped and sent the first 500 men to England before the rest of the 1000 strong regiment arrived. Their first deployment was as part of the Gallipoli campaign in 1915. On September 20, 1915 they arrived at Gallipoli. They retired on January 9, 1916. They were given two months rest before being sent to the Western Front in March, 1916. At the Battle of the Somme on July 1, 1916, the Royal Newfoundland Regiment was sent over the top.  Beaumont-Hamel was where they were virtually destroyed. This diaster would eventually lead to Newfoundland joining Canada as the 10th province in 1949. The Newfounland Celtic band Great Big Sea wrote a song entitled The Recruiting Sargeant about this unit. Today, it is part of the Canadian Reserve Army.

Royal Newfoundland Regiment:

Merry Christmas 2013

It's nearly a century since this event happened. But it's such a peaceful event, I wanted to share it from one of my favourite sites, In actuality, the soldiers on both sides were punished. see

Christmas Truce

Christmas Truce

Christmas 1914

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Youth Cadet movements

One of the by products of the Commonwealth is the influence on the youth of each region with Cadet movements.

The United Kingdom has the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) Army Cadet Force (ACF) Royal Navy and Royal Airforce cadets. I met some of these cadets when I was in the 78th Highlanders and 3rd Bde. Royal Artillery as they visited the Halifax Citadel.

Canada has The Royal Canadian Army Cadets, The Navy Leauge of Canada cadets, Sea Cadets, Air Cadets. My father was a founding officer of the Enfield Legion cadets in Enfield, Nova Scotia. My best friend in high school joined them and eventually became the cadet commander. He also was one of 3 Canadian cadets to be sent to the British Army School of Piping in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Australia also has a Youth Cadet movement. I met some of these Cadets and their officers when I visited the Kapyong Memorial in Kapyong, Republic of Korea back in 1998.

Hong Kong also has a cadet movement, despite the colony going back to China.

More to follow