Article from the Canadian Press: OTTAWA The apparent suicides of two soldiers in Western Canada have spawned at least one police investigation and more questions about the military s practice of discharging troops deemed medically unfit for service. Both soldiers, who died in separate incidents, had ties to Canadian Forces Base Shilo in Manitoba. Neither has been identified.
One of the soldiers, a member of the 2nd Battalion Princess Patricia s Canadian Light Infantry, was found dead Tuesday at home just outside of the base. A defence official says RCMP are investigating and it appears that the soldier killed himself. In the other case, a soldier who was transferred over the summer from CFB Shilo to a reserve unit in Lethbridge, Alta., was found in distress last Friday at a local corrections centre, and died in hospital on Monday.
That member belonged to the 20th Independent Field Battery; Alberta s Justice Department referred questions to the military. Lori Truscott, a Canadian Forces public affairs officer in Shilo, said the military is reviewing the circumstances of both deaths, but did not indicate whether military police were involved or which defence agency was leading the probe. Officials at National Defence confirmed that neither soldier was assigned to the military s joint personnel support units, which are supposed to prepare the wounded to either return to their front-line units or be discharged from the military.
The soldier in Shilo, who was in his early 30s, was on track to be released from the military, said a close friend of the victim. Cpl. Glen Kirkland, who has fought a high-profile battle with National Defence on behalf of soldiers being medically discharged against their will, says he spoke with his friend within the last two weeks.
I don t know what to say. It s crushing, absolutely crushing, Kirkland told The Canadian Press in an interview Wednesday. The soldier, a veteran of two tours in Afghanistan, asked about the post-release procedure to access benefits through Veterans Affairs Canada and was upset about not being able to collect a pension, Kirkland said.
Aside from being in the infantry, Kirkland s friend had only worked on a farm with horses and didn t feel qualified to do anything else. He said: What am I going to do? How am I going to feed my family?
Kirkland said about their last conversation. I kept telling him, We ll have to figure something out. Aside from dealing with medical concerns, one of the most serious stresses for those leaving the military is fear of the unknown that comes with potential job retraining and the financial uncertainty that accompanies it.
I can t speak on behalf of these guys because I don t know what was going through their heads, but when their potential earnings and everything is limited, the financial stress on these people is just outrageous, said Kirkland. Since testifying before a House of Commons committee last spring, Kirkland has been sought out by a number of troubled soldiers, some of whom have talked about suicide because they were about to be discharged. Kirkland, who was wounded in a 2008 Taliban bombing that killed three comrades, told the committee he was being forced out of the army before he qualified for a military pension.
His plea to stay was answered by former defence minister Peter MacKay with a pledge he could remain until September 2015, but the offer was exclusive to him and he decided to leave rather than be singled out. He was in the spotlight again a few weeks ago when similar cases emerged. Defence Minister Rob Nicholson insisted that no one is being summarily let go and that each soldier is prepared for their transition to civilian life.
The military is doing its best and really does care, but it is handcuffed by politics and a bureaucratic policy that discards injured soldiers, Kirkland said.
All these politicians saying they stand behind the troops, and nothing gets done, he said.
They are absolute cowards.
Earl Russell Peace, flanked by Sandy Paton, left, and Glenn Paton c.
1916. likely in the Wardsville area. Courtesy of Cameron Paton.
A recent My London column about CEF & Elgin County soldier Pte. Earl Russell produced many gratifying responses . . . here are two of them, one from Myra Peace, of Montana, the wife of a nephew of Earl s . . .
it was clear some tragedy had torn the Peace family apart & that sad detail (the death of Mary Helen Libert Peace in 1900) is in Myna s note. Like the second contribution from a former West Elgin resident Mary Margaret Johnston-Miller Myrna points out the name of Earl s grandmother was Annie Libert not Annie Gilbert which was how it appeared to my check of attestation papers. Thanks to everyone who has joined in the search for more about Pte.
Peace. Here s Myrna . . I was thrilled to be given the article on Earl Russell Peace by a genealogy librarian from Canada.
I live in Montana Earl was an Uncle of my husband. Earl s parents are James W. Peace b.
1853 Scotland died 1915 buried in Vancouver Canada Mother is Mary Helen Libert (I know the enlistment papers are hard to read) B.
1867 in Ontario Canada and she died 1900 in Oakes North Dakota from too strong a dose of a laudanum for a cold leaving 7 very young children. My father-law went out on his own at 15 . . . the rest of children were taken to Canada and left with relatives.
Earl R. was still living in 1948 when my husband visited in Canada but I have not found any more info on him and your census are not out for that period. thank you for the article.
Myrna Peace Here s Mary Margaret . . . My name is Mary Margaret Johnston-Miller . . . I am originally from Elgin County (West Lorne), so I enjoyed reading your very interesting recent column about Earl Russell Peace.
I looked at the catalogue entry for the Earl Russell Peace photograph that is at the Elgin County Archives (Pte. Earl Russell Peace, 189528) & after a search on Ancestry. ca, I found some additional information about the Peace family.
Earl was the sixth child (fifth son) of seven children born to James Peace and Mary Helen (Millie) Libert. James Peace was born in Dumfrieshire, Scotland, ca.
1853 & emigrated to Canada, settling in Elgin county. He married Mary Helen, the daughter of Adam Libert and Ann Morgan in December of 1885 in West Lorne.
Their eldest child, James William Peace, was born in Ontario, but the family apparently moved to the United States. By the time of the 1900 US Census, James and Mary Helen lived and farmed near Verner, Sargent County, North Dakota, and had 5 sons (James William., Donald Arthur., Ernest Libert., Roy, Earl Russell, and Ross) and 1 daughter (Jessie). Unfortunately, Mary Helen died later that year, and she is buried in Harlem Cemetery, Sargent County, North Dakota.
After her death, it not clear what happened to James Peace I did not find any records relating to him. I did discover, however, that some of the children moved to Elgin County to live with their grandmother, Annie Libert (not Gilbert). The 1911 Canada Census lists Jessie and Ross as residing with their grandmother & uncle (John Libert).
Ross would later join the Canadian army to fight in the First World War, as had his brothers Ernest Libert and Earl Russell. While there is information about the lives of Earl s brothers, James W, Donald, Roy, and Ross, as well as his sister Jessie, I could not find any details about Earl (or Ernest). James William, for example, lived in the western United States, and died in Montana in 1967.
Jessie married a George Cline (from Cornwall, Ontario). They moved to Saskatchewan, but later migrated to the western US, settling in Washington State, where she died in 1974. n 1911, Earl Russell Peace was working at a farm very close to where the Patons lived.
Earl lived with Duncan and Sarah Taylor (Household # 13). Orvil Glen and Malcom Alexander Paton lived in Household # 17. A search of the 1911 Census also reveals that Roy Peace was also in Aldborough Township, living and working at the McLeod farm (Household # 60).
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A BRITISH soldier from the 3rd Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Staffords) has been killed in a suicide attack in Helmand Province Afghanistan. The Ministry of Defence announced today the serviceman was killed in action ‘as a result of an explosion during a vehicle borne suicide attack’ earlier today during a patrol in the Kamparak area, 40km north east of the provincial capital Lashkar Gah. Spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Lieutenant Colonel Hywel Lewis MBE said: “A hugely experienced soldier has tragically died while serving with his comrades in Afghanistan. “He commanded great respect throughout his regiment. “Those who served alongside him were privileged to operate with a highly professional soldier who led by example.
Our prayers and thoughts are with his family at this extremely difficult time.” He said the soldier’s next of kin had been informed and requested the customary period of grace before further details were released.
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The Trojan’s Trek program helping traumatised young soldiers has been rated a world-leading practice by a UniSA study. Lieutenant Colonel Moose Dunlop with returned servicemen James Paterson and Stephen Cates. Picture: Noelle Bobrige Source: News Limited A SUPPORT program that takes former soldiers trekking in the Flinders Ranges is among the best in the world at helping young veterans deal with the horrors of war, a new study has found.
For the past five years the annual Trojan’s Trek has seen 10-12 ex-servicemen go on team-building exercises in the Flinders Ranges, where older veterans help younger comrades develop strategies to cope with their military-induced stress disorders. The Burnside-based SA Royal Australian Regiment Association runs the trek under the leadership of retired Lieutenant Colonel Moose Dunlop. UniSA Masters student Kendall Bird’s two-year study on the program, to be released at the Australasian Military Medicine Conference in Adelaide next month, has found it is world’s best practice.
Lt-Col Dunlop described the Flinders Ranges as “the world’s biggest consulting room” and said the setting allowed former soldiers to bond and take stock of their lives and relationships. “Certain things happen in life, you become anxious, you get depressed and it just is a big, big circle that goes from bad to worse,” Lt-Col Dunlop said. “We run a program which we call a circuit breaker so that when these blokes come back from the bush hopefully they’re highly motivated to change their circumstances.” The program includes workshops and seminars as well as activities such as four-wheel-driving. Lt-Col Dunlop said the study revealed some men no longer showed sings of stress or depression two months after finishing Trojan’s Trek. He said the relocation of hundreds of soldiers from Darwin to Adelaide’s Edinburgh Base in 2011, combined with the staged withdrawal from Afghanistan and the Middle East, meant more soldiers would soon be needing support. “A lot of guys will be back (at Edinburgh) and I reckon a lot of them will put their hand up and say ‘look, I’ve got a problem’.” Lt-Col Dunlop aims to create a similar program for ex-servicewomen next year and is in the process of finding suitable female veterans to lead it.
Stephen Cates served with the army for eight months in Afghanistan in 2008 and found it difficult to adjust to civilian life on his return. “I had a number of issues reintegrating, not so much into work, but into family life,” Mr Cates, 40, said. “I self medicated with antidepressants and alcohol – which we all know doesn’t work.” He said the trek gave him the chance to open up about his experience of war. “We don’t want to tell people some of the things we’ve seen, done, heard – that’s not what we’re about,” he said. “That’s where Trojan’s Trek comes in. It’s about peer support, being able to talk to someone.” James Paterson, 31, served in Iraq for seven months in 2005 and went on Trojan’s Trek last month after “wasting a lot of years”. “If I hadn’t gone it was just a trail of self destruction,” he said. “It’s all about the peer support. They’ve been there before and they’ve done it, and hopefully we can do it for the young guys that come through.” Trojan Trek’s major fundraiser, the Veteran’s Support Walk, will be held this Sunday, October 20, at the River Torrens, directly north of the Torrens Parade Ground.
Participants can donate $25 for a specially printed T-shirt and join a 3km-5km walk starting at 9.30am. Following the walk, hosted by Graham Cornes, there will be a barbecue, prize draws and participants will be encouraged to visit the Veteran’s Affairs Department expo at the Parade Ground. Details: trojanstrek.com.
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News release from the CF: OTTAWA, ONTARIO (Marketwired Sept.
23, 2013) 30th Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery, Ottawa s reserve artillery regiment, will host a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of their new facilities, Morrison Artillery Park at Canadian Forces Support Unit (Ottawa) Uplands Site. When: September 25, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. Where: Morrison Artillery Park, 307 de Niverville Road Private, Building 559, Ottawa, Ontario.
What: 30th Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery ( The Bytown Gunners ) will host a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of their new facilities.
Members of the unit will be present to form a ceremonial guard of honour, followed by a guided visit of the new facility.
Current and former members of the regiment as well as members of the Ottawa community will be in attendance.
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Following the arrival of the 1 UK Royal Navy s HMS Argyll on August 30th, Bermuda Regiment soldiers and police officers took on the Royal Navy in a sports event steeped in tradition at the weekend. And a joint police/Regiment team narrowly beat the Senior Service in a close game of rugby 10s coming out 9-8 winners. Leading Seaman Barrie Chambers, the physical training instructor on HMS Argyll, which visited the island over the weekend, said, It s been good.
We got beaten, but it s sport, it s just taking part. This is my first time in Bermuda and it s been great it s hot, but very friendly people. L to R AB Terry Elliott, of HMS Argyll, Supt Sean Field-Lament of the Bermuda Police and Regiment Adjutant Major Ben Beasley exchanging shirts after the tri-service rugby final at Police Field on Saturday.
The games, held at Police Field at Prospect, echo the Commodore s Cup events of yesteryear, where teams from all three services played a series of sports to win the trophy. Superintendent Sean Field-Lament, who refereed the games, which also saw teams compete at football, said, This is a long-standing tradition. It s nice to see the Regiment and police doing these social events and we re showing the crew of the Argyll some good Bermudian hospitality as well.
Teams contest a game of rugby 10s prior to the final between a joint police/Regiment team and the crew of HMS Argyll. In addition to Saturday s sports, the sailors also played golf against a police team, were entertained with a barbecue and beach sports at Admiralty House on Sunday and also got the chance to visit the Paget Island Outward Bound course and try their hands at the high ropes. Able Bodied Seaman Terry Elliott said, It s been great Bermuda is expensive, but everything s been good.
Referee Supt Sean Field-Lament sends off his own pet dog Alfie after it took the field and joined in the game. Regiment Adjutant Major Ben Beasley added, This is one of the best elements of working in a uniformed service. Sport is very important, especially inter-services events.
It s important for keeping fit and teaches teamwork, so it s good for all the services involved.
The Argyll steamed out of Bermuda on Monday, headed back to its home port of Devonport, near Plymouth.
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25 Jun 2010 00:14 1 HERO soldiers from across the North East joined a parade in honour of their regiment s dead and those still fighting. Related content 2 HERO soldiers from across the North East joined a parade in honour of their regiment s dead and those still fighting. Dressed in desert combats and bearskins, some 650 soldiers from the 1st Battalion, the Coldstream Guards, marched in London amid crowds of well-wishers yesterday.
Led by their Regimental Band, they paraded from Wellington Barracks to the Guards Memorial on Horse Guards Parade. Many of the soldiers have recently returned from Afghanistan, and some of the injured joined the parade in wheelchairs. Among the proud servicemen was Guardsman Scott Cooper, from Walker, Newcastle, who lost his right leg below the knee in a roadside bomb blast.
The 19-year-old was reunited with his comrades for the march after making a promising recovery with a prosthetic limb. He said: There was a service which was very moving. Thousands of people came along to watch us.
It s something I enjoy doing. All the lads were there and I haven t seen them for quite a while. The parade also featured men and women from several different regiments with medics, engineers, artillerymen, chefs and mechanics marching alongside guardsmen following a service of remembrance at the Guards Chapel.
Commanding Officer Lt Col Toby Gray said: This was a hard winter, but the efforts of these soldiers have not been in vain. We arrived shortly after Operation Panther s Claw , in an area that is exceptionally poor and lacked the most basic services or government. The challenges were huge, but working closely alongside our Afghan National Army and police counterparts and with the local government, we have made a real difference.
We have built a major road and opened a school, while clinics are under construction. The people among whom we lived and fought knew we were there to help and, wherever they had the chance, they stood against the Taliban. Sadly, the gains we made were not without cost.
Seven members of the Battle Group gave their lives and many others were injured.
Some of those are on parade today and together we will honour our dead and keep in mind those who replaced us and are continuing the fight.
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Published: 22 Jun 2013 16:30 The Inniskillings Museum in Enniskillen is to benefit from a Heritage Lottery funded oral history project involving the Royal Dragoon Guards Association.
Share this image The Association has received 36,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop and audio archive of experiences of serving and former members of the Regiment and their families covering the period form the Second World War to present day operations in Afghanistan.
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30 Apr 2010 00:20 1 SOLDIERS from the North East returned home yesterday after risking their lives to carry out a dangerous operation in Afghanistan. SOLDIERS from the North East returned home yesterday after risking their lives to carry out a dangerous operation in Afghanistan. Troops from 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, some of whom are from the region, returned to their base in Aldershot, Hampshire, following an operational tour.
During their deployment five members of the battalion were killed along with two other members of the wider battle group attached to it. Those who lost their lives included Guardsman Michael Sweeney, 19, from Blyth, and Sergeant John Amer, 30, of Sunderland. Yesterday battalion adjutant Captain Jamie Russell, 29, said the homecoming was tinged with sadness because of the casualties.
In the last operation before their return, the battalion teamed up with Afghan Security Forces to conduct a helicopter operation to search a village suspected to be held under insurgent control. As soldiers on the ground approached one side of the village in south Malgir just north of the Helmand River a secondary force was lifted in two Chinooks from Bastion and inserted to the south of the village. This second force then swept north, to eventually meet up with the ground troops.
The Battalion s Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Toby Gray, said yesterday: The deployment of Coldstream Guardsmen on aviation operations in Babaji has paralysed the Taliban in the area and reassured the local population. Afghan Security Forces spearheaded the operation, speaking to locals and conducting searches of village compounds looking for any signs of insurgent activity. A British Army search dog, Caspian, also helped them in their hunt.
This was the latest operation that Guardsmen have been working jointly with Afghan forces on during their six-month tour of duty. Although no weapon caches were found, the operation removed insurgents from a known troubled area and reassured the population of the Afghan Government s presence and commitment in the region. Before they head back to the UK, the battalion, which played a leading role in the recent Operation Moshtarak, marked the Transfer of Authority for the Nahr-e Saraj (South) area to 1st Battalion the Royal Gurkha Rifles (1 RGR).
For the past six months, the Coldstream Guards have been operating in partnership with the Afghan National Security Forces to build positive relationships with the local people, enabling a move towards reconstruction and development in the area. Most notable is the progress made with constructing a new road through the area. Lieutenant Colonel Gray was commended by Brigadier Richard Felton, Commander Task Force Helmand, the name given to UK-led forces in Helmand Province, for his excellent work.
Brigadier Felton also paid tribute to the sacrifices made since the Coldstream Guards took command of the area from the Light Dragoons in 2009. Brigadier Felton said: The Coldstream Guards have done an excellent job during their six months here. They are leaving this area in a far better position than when they arrived.
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