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Current Oatmeal Rag Newsletter #27
November 2017

Upcoming Association & Regimental Activities: 

 TIME: 1930 HRS WED, 27 SEPT 2017

 It's that time of year again everybody. The leaves are falling, the parade nights have started, and the Messes are full again after a long summer. Here are our two orders of business.

1. Elections
 As usual we need to elect a new Executive slate for 2017-2018. The following positions are open:

1. President

2. Vice President

3. Treasurer

4. Secretary

1 Foundation Representative, and

2 Executive Directors

 Please forward any nominations to the current Association Executive Secretary Hugh O'Donnell

2. Our monument design approval vote:
For those who cannot attend this year's AGM but ARE paid up members of the Association here is the most reasonable sized picture of the monument. Bigger and better can be made available through a Dropbox link if you ask for it. Bearing in mind that THE WORDING IN THIS DIAGRAM IS NOT FINALIZED, JUST A PLACEHOLDER, do you agree to the Cameron Association Executive going ahead with this design ? Please email or write your choice on something presentable for the Secretary to tally the votes and be able to have an observer confirm them.

Yes, move ahead with the current design;    or

No, I want the Executive to ask for more input and try again some other time.

Some points the Executive considered when this option was selected to be voted on:

Why a monument over 100 years after the unit was raised ?
That actually seems to be a pretty good time to try to build one to us.

Isn't the stained glass window in the regimental kirk good enough ?
As fine a tribute as the stained glass window in the Cameron Chapel at the kirk is the number of people who see it is terribly small. Most of Winnipeg's other regiments have one or more monuments out in the public eye. Think about this - when was the last time you went to 1st Presbyterian Kirk and how many people were present ? How many at the kirk even know it's there ?  If we want more people to know about our service they have to actually be able to hear about us or see something to let them know what we have done. A public monument will do a better job of that than a stained glass window in our Kirk. We will of course continue with Kirk Parades and visit our old colours and Chapel every year.
(answer to that question - I'm pretty certain all of those who regularly attend 1st Presbyterian actually do know something is there - but that's still not a lot of people).

Why a kilted First World War Cameron Highlander and not something more modern ?
Of some 3891 men who served in the various First World War Camerons of Canada battalions 1181 were Killed In Action or Died of Wounds, or were declared missing, presumed dead (blown to bits by shells or sank into the mud at Passchendaele for examples).  Our Second World War casualties were approximately 350 KIA, D of W, or other similar categories.  We have had no deaths on operations since the Second World War that I am aware of.  Because most of our war dead were First War men it seemed reasonable to the Association Executive to honour them by selecting a figure for the monument representing them.
 Also, The Camerons of Canada are the only Highland unit to ever have been raised in Winnipeg. We're the only kilted Winnipeg unit - ever. As such if our monument is a kilted soldier he can't be mistaken for any of Manitoba's other fine regiments. He's a Cameron.

Why wasn't more consultation done ? First reason - folks, there seven of us all told. Not all of us have a lot of computer skills and only two of us are retired - and they have lots on their plates just like you do. If you don't have a lot on your plate and have computer skills I have a job for you on the Executive this coming year by the way ! Anyhow, word was put out in The Oatmeal Rag a while back and the only note the editor got back was from Sgt-Maj James Clark. We've done what we can to get the word out in a timely fashion. You can always join the Executive and show us how it's done by the way.
 Second reason - the 100th Anniversary of the end of the Great War is coming fast, November of 2018 (Later in 2019 for those counting the Russian expedition) will be the big date for most of the events. If we're going to be a part of that, and we damned well should be, then we need our monument ready to go by then - not any later. This whole process is going to take time and we need to get moving - NOW !   

 The cost won't be cheap.
  In fact it'll be a very big hit on the Association's pocketbook. We do have members of our Association who have connections to folks with pockets deeper than the current executives. These people have had family or friends who have served in the Camerons at various times in our history and are looking forward to making this concept a reality once it's approved. The current executive has full confidence in the ability of these people to come through for our war dead. That said we'll be passing the hat, details to follow for those waiting for the other shoe to drop.

The Wording will need to be done correctly and we need to get it right ! What you see on the pictures is just to give you an idea as to what it will look like when it's done. We'll be going around again to get the wording done properly and Sgt. Tyler from the museum will be involved as much as we can arrange.  Right Grant ?

Cheers for now and I hope to see you at the AGM next week !


Hugh O'Donnell
The Cameron Association in Canada


 What: Remembrance Day Parades
 Time: 1030-1230 hrs
 Grid: Minto Armouries in Winnipeg will be the primary Cameron participation event, but for those who so desire 2 minutes of silence wherever you find yourself at the 11th hour of the 11th day will do quite nicely. After all, that was good enough for a lot of the guys who got shot at, shelled, and gassed in the regiment’s various battles.
 Cost: Your two minutes of silence to remember the approximately 116, 000 Canadian war dead and many, many, more wounded.
Cameron association steve's psycho sports parade:
 ?? ?? 2017

What: Speed World Psycho Sports Parade
Time: ?? seated in the Pit

Grid: 575 C Berry St

Cost: TBC shortly

Cameron Association Executive Meeting Schedule:

 Next Executive Monthly Meeting: 
 1900 hrs 27 SEPT 2017  #4 St James Legion VA Rm downstairs

 Regular Executive meetings: 2017 - 1900 for 1930 hrs #4 St James Legion  VA Rm


Next Cameron Association Annual General Meeting:
27 Sept 2017 per above


Cameron Association Membership Information

 - Please read the information provided at the link below:

 Cameron Association Constitution & Bylaws 26 Sept, 2011

  - Please contact the site administrator regarding any further questions and how & where to pay your dues
    via the "Contact Us" link near the top of the page.  

My Grandfather/Father was a Cameron, where can I find out more about his service ?
Here is a link to the Library and Archives Canada web site. You can contact them to obtain the military service record of your ancestor:

 Library & Archives Canada (link confirmed 04 Sept 2014)

 I need a piper for a Cameron Association member’s funeral. What do I do ?

 For those of you who are trying to plan ahead or suddenly need to book a piper for one of our Comrades and don’t know how it is done here you go:
 1. Contact the President of the Cameron Association or the Editor of the Oatmeal Rag at a reasonable hour; and

 2. We’ll pass you the contact information of the current Cameron Pipe-Major (because the appointment does actually change from century to century or so and otherwise you may call the wrong guy); and
 3. The P/M will help you to make the appropriate arrangements.

 Verification of Former Service DS Solution:
 You can make a request under the Access to Information Act, which will provide you with proof of your service with the Camerons.
 Thanks very much to Sgt V. Sellars of the WGOR. 
 Please click on the link:

Link to start a VFS request



BARRY JAMES WILCOCK With sorrow the family announce the passing of Barry James Wilcock on January 21, 2017. Barry was born in Winnipeg on June 15, 1946 attending high school at St. Joseph's College in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. Barry is survived by his father, Edward, his wife, Lynn, children, Craig (Tammy), Garnet (Julie), and Nancy (Chris), stepchildren Tammy (Steven), Shane, Tracy (Brad) and 12 grandchildren. He was predeceased by his mother, Gwendolien. As a young man he belonged to the Air Cadets in Dauphin, was a member of several reserve units, to include The Royal Canadian Artillery Reserve and The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders. Following in his grandfather and father's footsteps, Barry had a long, enjoyable career with the CNR. His interests were diverse, often contributing as a willing volunteer. Barry was one of the founding fathers of The Fort Garry North Hockey Association, a frequent coach of his sons' hockey teams, an active member of the Prairie Dog Central Railway, and a model railroader. Never one to remain idle, Barry began working at the Winnipeg Airport in retirement, forging many friendships over the years. He always had great stories to tell. Barry truly enjoyed spending time with family and friends; assisting with the annual fireworks display at Spruce Sands Resort to great adventures with his wife Lynn travelling across the country in their fifth wheel trailer. Thank you to the Winnipeg Airport staff and first responders for their care and sensitivity. Donations may be directed to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Barry will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all who knew him. A service will be held on Monday, January 30 at 2:00 p.m. at Green Acres Funeral Home, No. 1 Highway East at Navin Road.


BARRY BRUCE It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Col. Barry Peter Bruce C.D. (Ret) on Saturday, January 14, 2016, peacefully with his family by his side. Barry is survived by Geraldine, his wife of 60 years, his son Barry Bruce (Sophie), daughter Sandra, his grandchildren Barry, and Samantha. On March 11, 1937, Barry was born in Erickson, Manitoba, to Peter and Dorothy Bruce. Barry was known by many to have a great sense of humour, generous, compassionate and larger than life personality. Even as his health declined, he was a fixture at the Victoria General Hospital because of kindness, positivity and infectious sense of humour. Barry was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. He had many adventures in life and experiences that made his family proud of him; soldier, business owner, entrepreneur, volunteer and avid fan of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Winnipeg Jets. Barry started his career with Anthony Fosters as a sales manager and climbed the company ladder to eventually become president of Anthony Fosters. Eventually Barry was the owner and president of Western Profiles Ltd. Barry served as an Infantry Officer with the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders, initially enrolling in 1960. After nine years with the "Camerons", Barry reclassified to the Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps as a Lieutenant with the Winnipeg Service Battalion. In 1975, he returned to 17 (Winnipeg) Service Battalion, serving as Deputy Commanding Officer and Commanding Officer until 1980. Barry was appointed as the Deputy Commander of Manitoba Militia District and in March 1990 was appointed Commander. Military service was a proud accomplishment to Barry with a career spanning over 30 years that allowed him to build many long term friendships. The family would like to thank the Doctors and staff at Victoria General Hospital for their excellent care during his illness. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Barry's name to: The Victoria General Hospital Foundation, The Canadian Blood Services, Wounded Warriors or CancerCare Manitoba. For those who wish to sign the online Guest Book, please visit our website.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 21, 2017


 DOUGLAS EDWIN BROWN It is with great sadness that the Brown family announce the passing of L-COL Douglas (Doug) Edwin Brown on January 12, 2017 at Deer Lodge Centre. Doug will be dearly missed by his sons, Fred Brown (Paula Olko) and Morry Brown (Jean); his daughters, Gail Brown (Calum Morrison) and Sandra Brown (David Caughlin); his grandchildren, Riley Brown, Carrie Brown (Curtis Clapp), Jeffrey Rempel (Nicole Grabowsky) and Jennifer Rempel (Philip Galbraith); and his great-granddaughers, Avery and Kaitlyn Clapp; his sister-in-law Mary Morrison Freedman and family, and relatives in England. Doug was predeceased by his loving wife Kathleen Elizabeth Brown, M.V.O., in 2014; and his parents Cyril Edwin Brown and Kathleen Violet Mary Brown and his brother Gordon Frederick Cyril Brown. After graduating from Gordon Bell High school, where he played on the football team, Doug worked as a clerk for CN Rail until he joined the RCMP in 1942 for a one-year term as a Sub-Constable, serving in Saskatchewan. Doug joined the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion in February 1943 as well as the Royal Canadian Legion. Doug trained at CFB Portage la Prairie and Shilo. He was promoted to Sargeant prior to sailing to England in July 1943. Extensive training ensued at RAF Ringway until the early hours of June 6, 1944 when the paratroopers boarded their planes. As his plane crossed the French coast, Doug was 17th of the stick of 18 waiting at the jump door. Their plane was shot down by enemy fire. The paratroopers landed far from their drop zone. They managed to evade capture until a German patrol unit intercepted them in the early morning of June 9 near the French Village of Saint Vaast en Auge. Doug was transported to POW Camp Stalag IV B in Muhlberg, Germany where, despite three attempted escapes, he remained a prisoner of war until May 1945. Upon his return to Canada Doug played in the quarterback slot with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers during the summer of 1945. Doug joined the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders in March 1947 and met Kathleen Morrison in January of 1949 at an Officers event. Douglas and Kathleen were married on September 3, 1949. In 1960 Doug was appointed as the Queen's Own Cameron Highlander Aide-de-Camp to Lieutenant-Governors Eric Willis, followed by Richard Bowles. He was appointed as Senior Aide-de-Camp to Lieutenant-Governors Jack McKeag, Bud Jobin and Pearl McGonigal, spanning over 20 years of service. On November 10, 2014, by order of the President of the Republic of France, Doug was awarded the rank of Knight of the French National Order of the Legion of Honour to express France's profound gratitude in recognition of his professional involvement in the liberation of their county. Doug loved to spend time with family and friends at the family residence at Pine Portage Bay, Lake of the Woods, Kenora Ontario since 1964. Doug was an avid card player, enjoying both Duplicate and Contract Bridge as well as Hearts, Mexican Poker, Hula and Cribbage. The Brown family extends thanks to the staff of Deer Lodge Centre for the exceptional care provided to Dad. A Celebration of Doug's life will be held on Saturday February 25 at 2:00 p.m. at the Neil Bardal Funeral Centre, 3030 Notre Dame Avenue. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Deer Lodge Centre Foundation or a charity of your choice.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 04, 2017


RICHARD (DICK) HENRY WRIGHT With sadness we announce the passing of our father and grandfather Dick on December 10, 2016 at Seven Oaks Hospital at the age of 90. He was predeceased by his loving wife Shirley and older brothers Johnny and Bob. Dick is survived by his four children, Dawn Torbiak (Dan), Danny (Lorrie), Sid (Ann), and Bruce (Gloria, daughters CJ and Carman) and by his brother Peter (Joan). He will be sadly missed by his grandchildren Lindsay, Andrew, Allison, Sydney, Roman and Kylie as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Dick was born on September 24, 1926 in Driffield, Yorkshire, England. He immigrated to Canada on the ship Antonia with his mother Violet and three brothers arriving in Halifax on December 30, 1929. After being quarantined for six weeks with scarlet fever, the family was finally reunited with father John in Manitoba. The family moved to Petersfield and eventually settled in West St. Paul where Dick spent the rest of his life farming, working, and raising his family. In 1943 on his 17th birthday, Dick joined the army and was assigned to the Infantry Corp in the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada. During training, he was sent to Suffield, Alberta where he was a test subject for gas experiments and war research. Dick survived the gruelling three-month station and returned to civilian life as the war ended. In 1956, Dick married the love of his life Shirley. They built their home on Grassmere Road and raised their four children. Dick had many talents and worked at a variety of jobs including market gardening, boat building and carpentry but his main passion was farming. In 1951, he purchased farmland in Blackdale, West St. Paul and grew many grain crops. To supplement the farm income, Dick also had a long 31-year career at Eaton's Warehouse working in a variety of departments. After retirement, he continued to farm, raising sheep and goats following in the tradition of his father. Dick was blessed with a long and mostly healthy life. It was only in the last few months of his life that his health declined. The family would like to extend our deepest thanks and appreciation to the Seven Oaks Hospital nursing staff on 5th floor Units 1 and 2 and Dr. Endleman, Dr. Buchel, and family doctor Dr. Singh. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Seven Oaks General Hospital Foundation. Dick will be deeply missed by family and friends. His foresight and strong work ethic will guide all who knew him. Funeral Service will be held at Friends Funeral Service, 2146 Main Street, Winnipeg, on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. with viewing prior to service. Interment in St. Paul's Anglican Church Cemetery in Middlechurch.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 15, 2016

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 Adam Kulchycky (Kulchyski). October 20, 1923 - May 15, 2016. With family by his side, Adam Kulchycky, age 92, formerly of Brandon, MB passed away on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at the Colonel Belcher Veteran's Care Centre in Calgary, AB. He was predeceased by his wife, Jean in January 2007. Adam is survived by children: Judy (Rick) Sample of Calgary, Murray (Alison) Kulchyski of Carp, ON, Marty (Glynys) Kulchyski of Calgary; grandchildren: Steven (Deanna) Sample, Scott Sample, Dan Kulchyski, Ray Kulchyski, Mark Kulchyski, Jacquie Lane, Michael (Michelle) Kulchyski; great-grandchildren: Elizabeth Lane, Tyler Kulchyski, Leah Kulchyski. He is also survived by his brother Alex (Pat) of Calgary, and sister Margaret Waters of Winnipeg. Adam served in WWII with the Queens Own Cameron Highlanders, was employed by Beverage Services (Coca-Cola) in Brandon, Portage and Dauphin. He enjoyed his family, hunting with his son, grandson, brothers and pals, a good bargain and Ukrainian food! Special thanks to the Gibraltar House staff at Colonel Belcher Care Centre and Glenn Cameron, for the care he received while there. A graveside service will be held at a later date in Brandon.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at

Full obit published in the Brandon Sun at
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JOHN KONIAK October 15, 1921 – May 23, 2016 Peacefully, with his family by his side, John passed away on May 23, 2016 at Concordia Hospital.

John will be lovingly remembered and forever missed by his wife of 65 years, Mary, son Brian (Irene) and granddaughter Charlene (Glenn). He is also survived by his brothers Bill, Nick (Nettie) and sister Lena, as well as nephews, nieces and godchildren.

John was born on October 15, 1921 in Gardenton, Manitoba and grew up on the family farm until enlisting in the army, serving with the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders in World War II. After returning home from combat in Europe, he worked various jobs in Manitoba and Ontario before settling with his family in Winnipeg. He worked for many years for Flyer Industries before retiring at age 65. He was also a long-time member of the Independent Order of Foresters.

John and Mary’s retirement years were enjoyed and active, involving summers at their Albert Beach cottage, travel to various parts of Canada and the United States, and getting together with family and their wide circle of very dear friends. He loved animals, new cars and especially sports. While he was still able, he golfed, bowled, and curled. He was a huge fan of the Blue Jays, the Jets and the Bombers and “Coach” (as Glenn called him) always had the answer when they weren’t winning. Above all else, however, John’s greatest joy in life came from the weekly (daily while in hospital) visits from his “Princess”, Charlene.

The family would like to thank all of the family, friends and neighbours who showed so much concern and love for John throughout his stay in hospital. We would also like to thank Dr. Martin and the wonderful nurses and aides of Concordia Hospital, unit N3E, for their care and compassion. A special thank you to dear friend and neighbour, Rita, for her many early morning visits to help John with his breakfast and start his day off with a smile. This was a huge support to Mary and Brian.

In lieu of flowers, a donation in John’s memory may be made to the Manitoba Lung Association or a charity of your choice.

A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, May 30 at 11:00 a.m. at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main St., with Very Rev. Archpriest Fr. Eugene Maximiuk officiating. Pallbearers will be Dennis Koniak, Michael Koniak, Derrick Cheslock, Jonathan Cheslock, Myron Naumik, and Paul Lafreniere.

Vichnaya Pam’yat
Full obit published on the Cropo Tribute web page at:

Cameron Association in Canada mailing address:

 Please address your mail to the appropriate member.

 The information given below is current to 31 July 2016


CURRENT OFFICER LIST 2015 - 2016     All phone numbers are (204) unless otherwise noted.




 R3M 3G2







PAST PRES:  TAFFY GRAY  194 SEEKINGS ST  R4J 1B1  204 -889-5655
Members at large:  LEN JOHNSON  1094 BAY RD, ST. ANDREWS MB R1A 3L1  204-757-2023  


 164 CARROLL RD  R3K 1H5 802-2264








969 ST. MATHEWS AVE  R3G 0J7 Extn:430



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Previous Issues of the Oatmeal Rag newsletter: 

 Oatmeal Rag E-Issue 01 Jan 2010    

 Oatmeal Rag E-Issue 02 Apr 2010 

Oatmeal Rag E-Issue 03 July 2010

 Oatmeal Rag E-Issue 04 Oct 2010 with 100th Info

  Oatmeal Rag Issue 05 100th Anniversary is only available in hard copy from the Association.


  or Oatmeal_Rag_Issue_06_May_2011.pdf

 Oatmeal Rag Issue 07 Aug 2011  







 Oatmeal Rag issue 14 Oct 2013

 Oatmeal Rag Issue 15 Jan 2014

 Oatmeal Rag Issue 16 April 2014

 Oatmeal Rag Issue 17 Oct 2014

 Oatmeal Rag Issue 18 Jan 2015

Oatmeal Rag Issue 19 May 2015

Oatmeal Rag Issue 20 Oct 2015