Colonel Mark Hutchings honoured

On Thursday 10 May 2018 Col Hutchings received the insignia of Knight of the National Order of the Légion of Honour (the highest distinction of the French Republic) from General of the Army, Benoit Puga, Chancellor of the Legion of Honour, at a ceremony in the Embassy of France, Ottawa.

This award recognized his leadership with the Hill 70 Memorial which has erected a monument in Loos-en-Gohelle, France to the memory of the Canadian Corps and its victory at Hill 70 under the command of LtGen Sir Arthur Currie.

Arbor Agreement

The Foundation has entered into an agreement with Arbor Memorial Inc. (Robert J Reid & Sons Funeral Home; Gordon F. Tomkins Funeral Home (both chapels))

An “Eligible Participant” is:

  1. a PWOR Member and
  2. any of the following: PWOR Member’s immediate family: father, mother, father-in-law, mother-in-law, spouse, sibling, and child.

A “PWOR Discount” is calculated as follows:

  1. on products and services, except crypts, purchased pre-need, 10% off the total cost of the products and services, before taxes;
  2. on products and services purchased at need, 5% off the total cost of the products and services, before taxes.
  3. on crypts purchased pre-need, 5% off the total cost of the crypts, before taxes.

Products and services are purchased at need if they are not purchased pre-need.  Products and services are purchased pre-need if they are purchased prior to the death of the named beneficiary on whose behalf the products and services are purchased.

The following are not Eligible Services:

  1. government fees;
  2. disbursements or expenses paid or payable by ARBOR to a third party; and
  3. taxes.

Arbor MOU

The Hill 70 Bench

The Regimental Bench honouring the 21st Battalion was in place for the centennial commemoration of the Battle of Hill 70 on 22 August 2017.  THE HILL 70 BENCH1

CWO MacKenzie Investiture

27 March 2017 – On Monday 6 March 2017, PWOR RSM, CWO Jamie MacKenzie, MMM, CD attended the investiture ceremony at Rideau Hall during which he was officially made a Member of the Order of Military Merit.

Founded on July 1, 1972, the Order of Military Merit recognizes distinctive merit and exceptional service displayed by the men and women of the Canadian Forces, both Regular and Reserve. Many have demonstrated dedication and devotion beyond the call of duty, and the Order honours them for their commitment to Canada.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is the Order’s Sovereign, the governor general is its Chancellor and a Commander, and the chief of the Defence Staff is its Principal Commander.

Click for more details on the Investiture Ceremony and Order.

HCol Cowan “usie”

8 November 2016 – Captain M.E. (Sam) Ronholm, C.D., a former P’Dub captured this “usie” with HCol John Scott Cowan just before the Remembrance Day Regimental Church Parade on Sunday, 6 November. This was the last occasion HCol Cowan will be wearing his DEU before stepping down from his appointment on 31 Dec 2016.

(L-R) Capt S Ronholm – HCol JS Cowan

RSM MacKenzie Promotion

29 October 2016 – Pictured below are the 33 CBG and PWOR Command Teams at the occasion of PWOR RSM, Jamie MacKenzie’s, promotion to Chief Warrant Officer.

(L-R) CWO D. Munroe, Col P. Kelly, CWO J. MacKenzie, LCol J. Parkinson.

PWOR Course Graduates

15 August 2016 – Pictured below are the most recent PWOR members to graduate at ATC Meaford.

Two Regimental Officers completed Basic Military Officer Qualification Army (BMOQ-Army) and five soldiers completed Development Period 1 – Infantry (DP1- INF). HLCol Jordan and RSM MacKenzie attended the ceremonies to congratulate the members on their accomplishments.

All seven graduates will find themselves with increased responsibility and will showcase their newly developed leadership and individual skills when they return to Amiens Company in September.

(L-R) OCdt Murray, Pte Langille, Pte Morton; Pte Ramey; HLCol Jordan, MWO Mackenzie, Pte Stevens, Pte Reid, OCdt Lyons.

Col Smith’s own musical score

3 June 2016 – On Wed 1 June, the two Honoraries briefed the Senior Regimental Colonel on the year’s activities.

At the end of the briefing Col Smith was presented with a musical score written by Dr. Jim Finan, especially for Brit, which was played by Col Hutchings, Edward Hutchings and Kevin Orford.

(L-R) HCol Cowan, Col Hutchings, Kevin Orford, Col Smith, Edward Hutchings, and HLCol Jordan.

Colonel Brit Smith’s 96th Birthday

13 May 2016 – Today Colonel Brit Smith is celebrating his 96th birthday.

He was unable to attend Thursday’s end of the training year event so representatives of the Foundation visited him yesterday morning.

He was presented with special birthday greetings from the Commander-in-Chief, His Excellency David Johnson and from The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie.

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Colonel Smith was surprised by the special birthday greetings but also with the piping of Happy Birthday performed by Colonel Mark Hutchings and his son Edward, both pipers with the Princess of Wales’ Own Regiment Pipes and Drums.

Expanded Toolbox

4 Apr 2016 – Our soldiers now have two new exciting additions to their training toolbox.

The PWOR has received its new x-country ski equipment and these high-end commercial skiis will benefit the biathalon team to be stood up in the fall. New .22 calibre rifles are also on their way. Fitness and marksmanship are principles of good infantry soldiering and a biathalon program is an excellent training mechanism to hone both.

Additionally, the Regiment is now able to more realistically and readily train skills in-house thanks to the addition of Airsoft C8 rifles. These training tools will allow immediate feedback to reinforce individual skills when exercising urban and close combat drills. Stay tuned for news of additional equipment and the development of a permanent on-site facility to allow the soldiers to use the new kit in increasingly effective ways.

We thank the Foundation and members of the chain of command for continually finding imaginative and innovative ways to support soldier training.