A Royal Barrie Welcome (Barrie, ON) Tuesday, October 22 marks an historical moment for the City of Barrie. Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Princess Anne will be in Barrie to visit her Regiment The Grey and Simcoe Foresters . As part of the visit, the City of Barrie is holding a dedication ceremony for the proposed Military Heritage Park at the Southshore Centre and members of the public are welcome to watch her arrival and the Guard of Honour Ceremony at the Southshore Centre.
The Grey and Simcoe Foresters The Grey and Simcoe Foresters have a long history dating back to the Northwest Rebellion of 1885 and the First World War. See Battle Honours . Dedication Itinerary There will be a public viewing along Lakeshore Drive on the west side of the Southshore Centre.
Please note however, there will be no access to the Southshore Centre area during the day and no parking available at the Centre. Public can access washrooms at Centennial Beach. Lakeshore Drive will be closed between Tiffin Street and Minet s Point Road on from 9 a.m.
until 4 p.m. on October 22. Members of the public who wish to watch the proceedings are encouraged to carpool and park at Centennial Beach and arrive no later than 2:30 p.m.This is the first time in over 100 years that a member of the Royal Family has visited the city.
The last visit was in 1901 from the Duke and Duchess of York (later King George V and Queen Mary).Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal will be formally welcomed with a Royal Salute played by the Pipes & Drums of the Grey and Simcoe Foresters. This will be followed by a Guard of Honour ceremony and inspection of her Regiment. After the Guard of Honour, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal will proceed to the Military Heritage Park dedication.There will also be live coverage of the event streaming at CTV Barrie.
1 2 3 4 References ^ Princess Anne (www.examiner.com) ^ The Grey and Simcoe Foresters (www.cmp-cpm.forces.gc.ca) ^ Battle Honours (www.cmp-cpm.forces.gc.ca) ^ CTV Barrie. (barrie.ctvnews.ca)
Cpl. Jamie Peters RLC “Sunset Soldiers”: Military specialists from 21 Engineer Regiment deconstruct a building at Patrol Base Nahidullah in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, at sunset. The base was completely stripped down and the land handed back to a farmer.
By Baruch Ben-Chorin, Producer, NBC News British troops engaged in a Close Quarters Marksmanship training exercise. The short film, produced by Sgt. Lloyd, was the winner in the video category of the British army’s annual photographic competition.
LONDON No one is closer to life in the military than the troops themselves, so there are few who can capture their images as intimately. The British Army employs a small group of combat military photographers only 37 in the whole army to capture life on the front lines. The soldiers go through an eight-month-long intensive photojournalism training course before they’re turned out into the field.
Up till now, the British Army has largely kept their photographers’ work to themselves. But this week winning entries in the British Army Photographic Competition went on display to the public. The photos show different aspects of army life, operations, portraits, training and of course, the ceremonial duties unique to the British military.
Cpl. Jamie Peters, who once served in the British Army Royal Corps of Engineers, won the overall competition for a portfolio of images he shot during a six-month deployment in Afghanistan. His and his colleagues’ images are on display at London’s National Army Museum 1 . ”We do get a lot of freedom to interpret how best to show the stories ourselves,” he said in an interview with NBCNews.com. “Personally I prefer to cover the life in the army For instance the ‘Sunset Soldiers’ were engineers who were there taking down the infrastructure that the guys had set up in that place and returning it to the land-owner. “Because I used to be a Royal Engineer, I know how hard these guys work during those operations working dawn-till-dusk, with full body armor and helmets, really, really tough manual labor so I sympathized with the guys who were up on top of that roof.” Cpl.Jamie Peters RLC “Hot Under the Collar”: A Military Working Dog (MWD) attached to the Welsh Guards takes a rest from the heat under an umbrella during an operation in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
Cpl. Jamie Peters RLC “Celtic Warrior”: Pvt. Ross Cunningham, from Delta Company The 1st Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland (1SCOTS), cleans his personal weapon at Forward Operating Base Shawqat after a patrol to an Afghan National Army checkpoint.
1SCOTS, affectionately known as “The Jocks,” mentor and advise the Afghan National Army in conducting operations within Helmand Province. Peters, 34, is one of the elite group of British combat military photographers. “Because there are so few of us competitively we all try to outdo each other, and that keeps the standard very high,” he said. “Every bomb is different” said Sgt. James Slade, describing how he deals with Improvised Explosive Devices.
This short film, produced by Sgt. Lloyd, was the runner-up in the video category of the British army’s annual photographic competition. Peters was embedded with a unit in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province when he took the “Celtic Warrior” photograph of a Scottish soldier cleaning his rifle.
The image won best overall image in the competition. “When we returned to base after patrol the guys just clean their rifles and get their equipment ready in case they need to go straight out in a hurry,” he said. “That’s the thing with being a photographer: When all the guys are back on their down time you still have a job to do; you are photographing that as well.” When it comes to the dangers of combat, Peters and his colleagues have an advantage over civilian photographers. “Because we are military photographers we know what to do when we get shot at and we know what’s going to happen next,” he said. That doesn’t mean Peters and his colleagues are there to get into a fight, however. “The only time that we would put the camera down and pick up the rifle is if there is enemy fire that comes close to you and hits close to you.” See more images from the competition below. Cpl Wes Calder RLC “Powder Room”: Pvt.
Craig Leaman from 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment (1 PWRR) clears part of a trench system during a dawn attack while on Exercise Askari Thunder 6 in Kenya. Sgt. Rupert Frere RLC “Carl”: Cpl.
Carl Hines Royal Artillery provides covering fire while members of the 4 Brigade Reconnaissance Force (BRF) cross open ground on Operation QALB. QALB is a joint ISAF and ANSF operation to find enemy caches and disturb insurgent supply chains in Afghanistan. Tropper Chris Wade “Snap VCP”: Two soldiers and an interpreter from the Queen’s Royal Lancers (QRL) question a motorcyclist in northern Helmand Province, Afghanistan, while his young daughter looks on.
Sgt. Adrian Harlen “Changing of Queen’s Life Guard” (left): The Life Guards of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment (HCMR) ride in Horse Guards Parade in London despite frosty winter weather that disrupted much of the capital.”The Baroness” (right): Brig. Maj.
Lt. Col. Simon Soskin stands between the pillars at St.
Paul’s Cathedral in London during the funeral of Baroness Margaret Thatcher. Sgt. Adrian Harlen “Goodbye Kiss”: Capt.
Charlie Fitzroy, Troop Leader of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, gets a farewell kiss from Thomas, a 22-year-old gelding who was retiring after 19 years of service.
Thomas was famous for giving kisses to the men of the Life Guard Squadron in his stables at Hyde Park Barracks in London.
References ^ National Army Museum (www.nam.ac.uk)
Corporal Si Longworth in Afghanistan Corporal Si Longworth is one of 38 trained British Army photographers. He left a career in aviation to pursue his passion for photography; capturing everything that military life has to offer. He is currently in Afghanistan as the Task Force Helmand Photographer on Op HERRICK 18.
Hello, it s been a while Why? Well to be perfectly honest, I lost my way, but not in the geographical sense. Had you been serving in Camp Bastion for the past couple of months, you wouldn t have seen me aimlessly wandering around the camp.
I am quite content with my ability to read cartography. It was for a different reason, and although I have spent this last month and a half trying to work out why, maybe I can write it all down and see if it makes sense to you. I finished my time with Capt Mau Gris and the Baz duo and headed back to the UK for Rest and Recuperation (R&R).
My time at home with my wife is probably worthy of a separate blog altogether. It was always my intention to write about R&R and what I did etc. But, having been stuck with what I can only describe as bloggers block and watched two great bloggers write about theirs, I now feel it would be time wasted.
What I do want to say that if you ever book a holiday to the South of France, and decide to locate yourself around the Ardeche River valley; picturing tranquil paddles down a lazy river, with nothing but peace and quiet, may I recommend un-booking and instead, head for the summer mountains of Switzerland. In particular, Nedez. I will save you the disappointment of sharing the river with hundreds and hundreds of other tourists.
Even better; whilst I have slipped into R&R mode. If you do find yourself in Nedez during the summer season, I HIGHLY recommend visiting what my mind has decided to call Chalet Paradise but what is actually called, Chalet Grand Loupe 1 , run by Steve and Karen Allen, two British Ex Pats who have set up and will host you beyond expectation. They couldn t do enough for my wife and me; turning twisty river hell into one of the most enjoyable holidays in a while, and for that I will thank them eternally.
Steve, Karen, we will return, I promise you! France and Swizerland l seem to have gone off-piste So, I return to Afghanistan, supposedly recharged and ready to push out the final stretch, but in all honesty having to leave home again was quite difficult. I knew I only had a month to do, but I was already feeling the burden.
Two things made matters worse. Firstly the brigade headquarters had moved to Bastion while I was away. My own quiet office space had been replaced with an open plan situation that I was just not ready for.
180 people buzzing about, 130 phones ringing. It was going to take some getting used to. The second thing that didn t help, and the thing I will never forgive myself for, is that while I was away, I had suffered irretrievable data loss from my master hard drive.
The real stinger to the story is that because I was so busy before going home, I hadn t managed to back it all up. I lost 40 per cent of what I had taken, including all the work for the CCT. I worked hard to try and retrieve pictures from clients of the jobs I had done, and using recovery software for my memory cards but in the end I was down images, and down in the dumps.
I have learnt the hard way what it means to lose hard work, and suffice to say that my electronic work flow now includes two hard drives and online storage. I don t want to ever be caught out again. Long working days, long editing nights With the loss of some of my favourite work coupled with post R&R blues, I wasn t firing on all cylinders, and I think my boss, Capt DJ, sensed this.
He knew what to do. Get me back out on the road and make me take pictures. He knew that I needed to start building up my library again, and soon.
So it was. I was booked on a round-robbin of Helmand, two days after landing from my leave. Bouncing from one base to the next and capturing what I could in short spaces of time kept me the right kind of busy and images started to build again quickly.
I would be lying if I said it wasn t the medicine I needed. I soon got back into the swing of it. I snapped, I interviewed and I wrote the interviews up.
I tried to keep engaged with my followers on twitter, and their support of my images kept my spirits up. The only problem was now, I just couldn t settle down to write my blog. The weeks passed, and as my six-month tour drew closer and closer to the end, the jobs started ramping up.
Whether it be requests for photos I had taken or end of tour photographs for squadrons and regiments, it all added to long working days and long editing nights. There was no way I was going to have peace for long enough to write this blog. Even Captain Sophie Whitaker, who s job required her to walk past my desk over 50 times a day, and who s constant prompting about my blog couldn t get me inspired.
So where did this leave me? Well, 45 minutes ago I boarded a C17 aircraft at midnight on my final day in Afghanistan. Whilst probably 95 per cent of other passengers sleep around me, I am writing this blog Peace at last.
I regret having kept you waiting this long. What has been the theme of this blog? Well I think it is a reminder that we are all human.
We have ups and downs, but we get there in the end. I don t know what it was that prevented the small creative part of my brain from putting pen to paper for so long. Different things in different ways affect us all, I guess.
So, after all that, was my last six weeks worth it? Well, you decide. Here is a short summary, in pictures.
An Apache Pilot stands in front of his machine A Landing Point Commander shields himself from the downwash of a Chinook An RAF Crewman keeps watch from the tail of a Chinook A Royal Military Policewoman receives an award from the ANSF and celebrates in the usual Afghan manner A Proud Afghan National Policeman smiles for the camera Soldiers in FOB Ouellette play cards by torchlight under the night sky Snipers keep watch over a patrol A Chinook departs Camp Bastion under a setting sun Is this the end of my blog? Don t be silly: the journey has just begun. I promised you in my first blog that it was a journey we would take together.
I will remain an Army Photographer for the next five years. For the next year, I will remain in Wiltshire, but then who knows. What I do know though, is that if you remain faithful to me, I won t let you down.
Lets get through the next five years of photographic ups and downs together. Times may be tough, but that s life, is it not? Thank you for all your support over the last six months, but here s to the future Me on my last day in Afghanistan by Capt Dalzel-Job More tc More tc.
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By IRISHCENTRAL STAFF WRITERS, Published Saturday, May 4, 2013, 10:04 AM Updated Saturday, May 4, 2013, 10:04 AM Brian Shivers Photo by Google Images A Derry man who was originally convicted of the murder two British soldiers outside an army barracks in Northern Ireland, walked free from court on Thursday, after being acquitted in a retrial. Dissident republican Brian Shivers, 47, of Co Derry, had denied any involvement in the Real IRA ambush in which Mark Quinsey, 23, and Patrick Azimkar, 21, died in March 2009 outside the Massereene army barracks in Co. Antrim.
Two other soldiers and two pizza delivery men were also seriously injured in the attack. In January 2011 Shivers was convicted of the murders of the two men and ordered to serve at least 25 years in jail. That judgement was quashed in January of this year by Northern Ireland’s Court of Appeal and Shivers was ordered to face a retrial.
Defence lawyer Patrick O’Connor QC had claimed the retrial would represent an “abuse of process”. Mr Justice Donnell Deeny delivered his reserved judgment after the non-jury retrial at Belfast Crown Court this week. The judge said that when he considered if the prosecution had proved the defendant’s guilt beyond reasonable doubt the answer was “clearly no.” He said there was no way to be sure if DNA found on a telephone and matches linked to the double murder, could not have been placed there by a quite innocent touching.
Judge Deeny questioned why terrorists would choose Shivers, who suffers from cystic fibrosis and was engaged to a Protestant woman, as an associate.
Dressed in a blue jacket and cream trousers, Shivers showed no emotion when he was told he was free to go.
Changing the Guard will take place at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle on the following days: Buckingham PalaceFebruary 2013 – odd days (1, 3, 5, etc.)March 2013 – odd days ( 1, 3, 5, etc.) Windsor Castle February – even days days (2, 4, etc.) March – even days days (2, 4, etc.) Changing the Guard or Guard Mounting is the process involving a new guard exchanging duty with the old guard. The Guard which mounts at Buckingham Palace is called The Queen s Guard and is divided into two Detachments: the Buckingham Palace Detachment (which is responsible for guarding Buckingham Palace), and the St. James s Palace Detachment, (which guards St.
James s Palace). These guard duties are normally provided by a battalion of the Household Division and occasionally by other infantry battalions or other units. When Guardsmen are on duty, the soldiers are drawn from one of the five regiments of Foot Guards in the British Army: the Scots Guards, the Irish Guards, the Welsh Guards, the Grenadier Guards and the Coldstream Guards.
The five Regiments may be recognised as follows: Regiment Grouping of buttonson scarlet tunic Collar badge Plume on bearskin cap Grenadier Guards Singly Grenade White, worn on left side Coldstream Guards Twos Garter Star Red, worn on right side Scots Guards Threes Thistle No plume Irish Guards Fours Shamrock Blue, worn on right side Welsh Guards Fives Leek Green and white, worn on left side The Queen s Guard is commanded by a Captain (who usually holds the rank of Major), and each Detachment is commanded by a Lieutenant. The Colour of the Battalion providing the Guard is carried by a Second Lieutenant (who is known as the Ensign). The handover is accompanied by a Guards band.
The music played ranges from traditional military marches to songs from films and musicals and even familiar pop songs. When The Queen is in residence, there are four sentries at the front of the building. When she is away there are two.
The Queen’s Guard usually consists of Foot Guards in their full-dress uniform of red tunics and bearskins. If they have operational commitments, other infantry units take part instead. Units from Commonwealth realms occasionally take turn in Guard Mounting.
In May 1998, Canadian soldiers from Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry mounted guard at Buckingham Palace for the first time since the Coronation in 1953. Household Troops have guarded the Sovereign and the Royal Palaces since 1660. Until 1689, the Sovereign lived mainly at the Palace of Whitehall and was guarded there by Household Cavalry.
In 1689, the court moved to St James’s Palace, which was guarded by the Foot Guards. When Queen Victoria moved into Buckingham Palace in 1837, the Queen’s Guard remained at St James’s Palace, with a detachment guarding Buckingham Palace, as it still does today. At Buckingham Palace, Guard Mounting takes place at 11.30 am.
It is held daily from May to July, and on alternate dates throughout the rest of the year. Buckingham Palace is not the only place to see Guard Mounting.At Windsor Castle, the ceremony takes place at 11.00 am. For most of the year Guard Mounting takes place on alternate dates, but it is held daily (except Sundays) from April to July.
At Horse Guards Arch, Changing the Guard takes place daily at 11.00 am (10.00 am on Sundays) and lasts about half an hour; it is normally held on Horse Guards Parade by the arch of Horse Guards Building. There is no Guard Mounting in very wet weather. Changing the Guard app available Made with full support of the Household Division, a Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace app is now available from iTunes.
The app aims to orientate, inform and entertain people waiting for and watching the Changing the Guard Ceremony at Buckingham Palace. It can be purchased for 69p. Features include an interactive map which locates the user in the vicinity of Buckingham Palace, behind-the-scenes interviews with Guardsmen and a handy checklist for identifying the five footguards regiments of the Household Division.
A donation from the proceeds of the app will be given to the Household Division Charities.
Further information, including a video of the app may be viewed on the Royal Collection website by clicking here.
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