25 Oct 2017

RCR Museum

***Important Notice***
The RCR Museum provides a valuable service to Canada, London and The Regiment. They urgently require volunteers to man the front desk for only three hours a week. They are in desperate need of people especially during the summer months. For further information and contact personnel please visit the following link:


PDF Edition of the 2017 Veterans Benefits Guide
A user-friendly publication designed to help veterans get the benefits they deserve.

Budget 2017 includes a number of items of direct interest to members of the Defence Team.

Among them:

  • The creation of a new Veterans’ Education and Training Benefit to provide up to $80,000 to veterans in support of post-secondary education.
  • Re-establishing lifelong pensions as an option for injured veterans. This will provide an option for injured veterans to receive their Disability Award through a monthly payment for life, rather than in a one-time payment.
  • Undertaking a transformation of both DND and Veterans Affairs Canada programs to ensure that women and men in uniform have a better transition from the Canadian Armed Forces to Veterans Affairs Canada.

    The Budget also reaffirmed the following:

  • In support of the Government’s plan to replace Canada’s legacy fleet of CF-18 fighter aircraft, it will explore the acquisition of 18 new Super Hornet aircraft to supplement the CF-18s until the permanent replacement arrives.
  • A Canada-led multinational NATO battlegroup in Latvia as part of the Alliance’s enhanced Forward Presence in Eastern Europe, and a renewal of Operation UNIFIER, its support for Ukraine’s efforts to maintain sovereignty, security and stability.
  • A commitment to international peace operations. Up to 600 well-trained Canadian military personnel have been pledged for possible deployment as part of a broader whole-of-government approach that includes political, security, development and humanitarian responses to conflict situations.
....message ends.

Regimental News

The RCR Catechism 2017

Follow the link below for the latest copy of the RCR Catechism:

The RCR Catechism 2017

Subject: Change in wearing of miniatures

There was a relatively recent change that occurred in 2013, though it took a while to be promulgated. Perhaps you had already learned this ... I have only recently.

The Chancellery updated their booklet on how to wear your gongs. Prior to this miniatures were limited to evening dress and Mess Dress. Now they are worn with business suit or blazer and flannels to events commencing after sundown.


Full-size insignia are worn for all occasions before sundown and sometimes in the evening for certain occasions: Parades and other military ceremonies: change of command, consecration of colours, graduations, military funerals, etc. Remembrance Day and any other commemorative ceremonies
The Speech from the Throne
State funerals
New Year’s Levee
Investitures (presentation of honours ceremonies)
Guide for the Wearing of Orders, Decorations and Medals ... gg.ca The Canadian Honours System Guide for the Wearing of Orders, Decorations and Medals

From the Commanding Officer, 4RCR

Sent: November 13, 2017 9:35 AM
To: 'HCol Ivan Fenton'; Bruce Burnham (Bruce.Burnham@PIB.COM); Barry Graham
Cc: TIMOTHY.ROBINSON@forces.gc.ca; SHAWN.NEVILLE@forces.gc.ca
Subject: MWO Jim Kolar

Sir, et. al.

It is with great sadness that I announce to you that MWO Jim Kolar passed away this morning with his wife Moon and his sister Sandra at his side. More to follow on funeral arrangements, but I wanted to get this out to you asap in order that you hear it from me first.

Martin Anderson
Lieutenant Colonel
Commanding Officer
4th Battalion
The Royal Canadian Regiment

4 RCR Council,

There is an open invite to all Council members to our annual Wolseley Barracks Cenotaph Remembrance Day ceremony. Please be there on Sat 11 Nov at 1030 for a 1045 start time; this will allow guests and our veterans time to find seats before the march on of troops. I expect the ceremony will run to just past 1100hrs.

It is hoped that members of the RCR Association will be on parade with the troops as the Veteran Marching Contingent.

The RCR Museum will of course be open and is running a special virtual exhibit on WW1 casualties of the London-area called "Topography of Grief." Here is the link: http://www.virtualmuseum.ca/community-stories_histoires-de-chez-nous/topography-of-grief_topographie-du-deuil/

All members of 4 RCR and the Bn Council

It is with a heavy heart that I must be the bearer of this terrible news. MWO Jim Kolar, has been diagnosed with terminal Cancer and will likely only be with us for a few more weeks. There are a lot of things that are going to happen in a short period of time and I will be asking for your support during this difficult time.

The family has asked to have a military funeral, and the Brigade has asked that we be the lead unit, as – regardless of MWO Kolar’s IA involvement – he has been and will always be a Royal Canadian and our brother in arms. The RSM and I will be closely involved with the planning of any funeral arrangements. There will be much more to follow in the coming days and I will keep you informed as soon as I have other information to pass on, especially as it relates to hospital visits.

Commanding Officer
The 4th Battalion
The Royal Canadian Regiment

The RCR Association

The Wolesely Barracks Remembrance Day Parade November 11th, 2017

DEU & Medals for 31 Brigade Staff members and Blazer Flannels & Medals for the RCR Association members

  • Form up: 10:30 hours,
  • The Ceremony starts at 11:00 hours at the Cenotaph.
  • Reception in the Messes after the Parade,

From: LCol (ret'd) Barry Graham

The u-tube movie below was put together in London by a local filmmaker and will be featured shortly at the London (Ontario) Film Festival. Good and actual videos from Kandahar.

135th Anniversary Reunion of the Royal Canadian Regiment

From our Branch in Kingston. Please pass the word. This event is open to all serving and retired Royal Canadians. As well, anyone who has served with the Regiment regardless of cap badge, is invited to attend. Note the link to the Facebook page.

"Kingston Branch of the RCR Association will be hosting the 135th Anniversary Reunion of the Royal Canadian Regiment in Kingston, Ontario 3-5 August 2018. The link to our Reunion Facebook page is attached. Our Reunion Organizing Committee is formed under Kingston Branch President Rusty Bassarab and lots of work is already underway. Please "like" our FB page, which will later be one of the portals for information and will include links to other useful sources. We hope that you will join us for a great event. Pro Patria."


Pro Patria

Bob McBride Chairman, National Board of Directors The RCR Association

The Victory Legion

Kowang San Celebration

Date: October 23rd, 2015
Locn: Victory Branch #317 Legion,
311 Oakland Ave, London ON N5W 4J5
11:30 hrs for 1200hrs (noon)
Special Admin:
Dress: Blazer or Business Casual

Regimental Birthday - 21 Dec. 2017 - Thurs - noon

*** All events at the Victory Legion

Retired Members News

As of Bruce Jeffrey's last cat scan, his cancer has spread. He told me that the Dr.'s have forecast one to two years to live.......
.......on a brighter note: he has been over for dinner a number of times and looks very healthy, (at least far more healthy than he did after his failed Cancer surgery).

...from John Cook,
November 16, 2017 12:09 PM

LOB's (in hospital)

Recent Passings

Capt(Ret'd) Frank Wencel, CD

Frank Wencel
Captain (Retired)Frank Wencel CD

Passed away peacefully, at LHSC, Victoria Hospital, London, ON, on Friday, September 22, 2017.

HOLT, Richard, LCol(Ret'd), MA, PhD, CD
14 Apr 2017

Lieutenant Colonel Richard Gottfried Larsson Holt, passed away suddenly at the St. Marys Memorial Hospital on April 14, 2017 at the age of 69.