The day we became a regiment was quite something with everyone reading great long lists of orders designating which battery or regimental Headquarters you were placed in. The regiment consisted of the Regimental HQ 60th battery, 37th battery, and the 76th battery. I thought I was fortunate to be posted to the 76th Fld Bty and spent most of the next five years there with a short posting to Regimental HQ 17th Feb to 22nd July 44 as duty sergeant. Then on 22nd July 44, I was promoted to sergeant major and posted to Fox troop 76th Battery.
Getting ahead of my self.
At the time the regiment was formed, a lot of discontent hit some of the fellows who hated to leave old friends in the battery they joined up with. Much of this feeling was real or imagined to the behaviour of some of the officers and others before the regiment was formed. I could go into detail here about the pettiness and down right politics that went on but all those are long dead and why get old wounds opened.
As the years went by the regiment was second to none in esprite de corp, appearance, fighting expertise, gunnery, and anything that ever was asked, so from internal bitterness at the start, we soon melded into a first class fighting machine. A regiment we were all proud to have served with and, in memory we could not have had a better group of officers and men.
Bless you all that have passed through the regimental roll. It was something to belong. The regiment was family and still in our hearts , It will always be!
Next will be the real training and our life at Petawawa Camp in 1941 ..